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 Weekly Member Update - July 26, 2013

The 68th Annual Meeting of the ASSH brings you multiple opportunities for top-rate education.  A few highlights include:
Master Skills Series: Tendon Repair and Reconstruction
Co-Chairs: Martin I. Boyer, MD FRCS(C) and Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD
This course will allow the participant to split time equally between the lectures and lab.  Our presenters discuss current techniques and practice related to traumatic tendon repair, reconstruction and tendon transfer, and our chairs have structured the course to present information in a didactic format with short lectures given by recognized expert educators.  Don’t miss this opportunity for hands-on practice in a state-of-the-art cadaver lab!
Ulnar Wrist: Reconstruction and Salvage
Co-Chairs: Brian D. Adams, MD and Kulvinder Sachar, MD
This course will provide the audience with a thorough overview of ulnar-sided wrist injuries and discuss specific treatment options for both commonly treated conditions and complex pathology.  Emphasis will be placed on acute injuries, instability, arthritis and reconstructive/salvage procedures.  Through procedure-oriented lectures and panel discussions, we will provide the audience with the tools necessary to treat ulnar-sided wrist complaints.
Nerve Transfers
Moderators: Michael Hausman, MD and Jayme Bertelli, MD, PhD
Nerve transfers have largely ameliorated the results of brachial plexus reconstruction.  Recently, new nerve transfers have been described for the treatment of radial, axillary, ulnar and median nerve lesions.  Also, nerve transfers have been employed for the reconstruction of the tetraplegic upper limb.  This ½ day course was designed to teach participants how to dissect these nerve transfers.  The faculty will perform dissections in cadavers, and attendees will view the dissections via a high definition audio-visual feed.  Attendees are encouraged to engage the faculty with interactive questions, comments and discussion.  Before dissection, the faculty will present the indications and treatment options and discuss the pearls and pitfalls of the specific nerve transfer being highlighted for a hypothetical clinical case.
Register for these great courses when you register for the 2013 Annual Meeting!
Last week, Young Leader Anthony Mollano, MD asked members about their preferred treatment for advanced thumb CMC arthritis, and many of you weighed in with your opinion. 
Summer savings continue with 20% off two ASSH Master Skills Publications through Saturday.*  Tendon Transfer Surgery of the Upper Extremity and Flap Reconstruction of the Upper Extremity are available at the ASSH Store at our discounted price until 11:59 p.m. on July 27, 2013.  Use the promo code 20PSS072713 at checkout to secure this great deal!
 *Shipping not included.
Monday, August 26, 2013 * 8:30 PM EST
Consultation Corner brings the experts on SLAC and SNAC wrist together to discuss your cases in this no-nonsense webinar, free to all ASSH members, that combines the candid feedback and lively discussion of an ASSH course with the convenience of online learning.  Join Peter J. Stern, MD, John M. Bednar, MD, R. Glenn Gaston, MD and host, Scott D. Lifchez, MD for a full hour of:
  • discussions on your cases
  • audience opinion polling
  • question/answer periods
To submit a case for consideration, send it to with “OCC Case” in the subject line.  Register today!
August 9-10, 2013 * Rosemont, IL
Did you mean to register for our Elbow Course, but let the deadline slip by?  It’s not too late if you call the ASSH office at 312-880-1900 before August 2.  Don’t miss this state-of-the-art course on open and arthroscopic techniques of elbow surgery. The program includes lectures, panel discussions and hands-on training in the cadaver laboratory (one cadaver specimen for every two participants).  Learn more here and call us before the 2nd! 
Check out the July edition of Correspondence News, with an article by George H. Rubens, MD.

Listserv Hot Topic: Teen Athletes

In this week's most popular thread on the ASSH Physician Listserv, a surgeon requested advice for managing a teenage wrestler experiencing wrist pain, as well as handling his parents.  Other physicians shared their experiences in treating stress injuries in teen athletes and managing parental expectations.  Do you regularly treat teen athletes in your practice and have wisdom to share with your colleagues? 
If you have already signed up for the ASSH Physician Listserv, you can contribute to the discussion by visiting the archives and scrolling down to the thread entitled, "Epiphysis."  If you don't remember your Listserv password, you can reset your password here.
The ASSH Physician Listserv is a place where members can collaborate on clinical questions, share tips and techniques and interact with other members.  To sign up for the Listserv, visit the Listserv page.
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