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 Weekly Member Update - August 23, 2013


Volunteer Note

Ed Akelman, MD
ASSH President
I am thrilled to share with you that ASSH will soon make a dramatic change to the way it delivers clinical content to our members and other clinicians.  We are currently developing a comprehensive online platform that will put any and all resources related to the Surgery of the Hand Upper Extremity (SHUE) curriculum at your fingertips.  You will be able to access thousands of videos, images, articles, abstracts and other clinical content simply by going to one central location on the ASSH website that we are calling Hand-e. 
Here are just a few things that you will find there:
  • The new Textbook of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand with over 70 chapters, 2000 images and hundreds of videos
  • Annual Meeting videos, abstracts, e-Posters, and instructional course handouts from the last several years
  • Videos and handouts from seminal courses such as Comprehensive Review
  • Correspondence Newsletters
  • The ASSH Classic Video Library
  • Practice management webinars, instructional courses, symposia, Coding Corner, and Business of Hand Surgery newsletters
  • And much more…
Built on new technologies, Hand-e will be highly searchable and navigable.  You will be able to
access information when you need it from anywhere in the world, on your laptop, desktop, phone, and iPad.  I will be sharing much more detail with you during my speech at the upcoming ASSH Annual Meeting.  And you will be able to access Hand-e for yourself sometime in December 2013 or January of 2014.  I can’t wait show you how this will make learning more efficient and fun.

Did You Know…

That ASSH is subsidizing iPad rentals for the Annual Meeting? That’s right – we are paying for 50% of the attendee cost to rent iPads because we want you to have the best experience possible. With no paper program or abstract book available this year, attendees will be relying 100% on their mobile devices and laptops to navigate the meeting. I don’t know about you, but my phone is a little bit... small for map reading, schedule reading, e-poster viewing, etc. Only $50 for a $100 iPad rental is a great deal, so if you’re worried about straining your eyes using your phone during the meeting, rent an iPad, and we’ll foot half the bill.
Last week, Young Leader Joshua Abzug, MD asked members about their preferred donor site for full thickness skin grafts in syndactyly release, and many of you weighed in with your opinion. 
The deadline for the pilot Mid-Career Leadership Program* is fast approaching!  You have until the
end of the day on Sunday, August 25 to submit your application.
This brand-new program allows those with eight or more years of membership to work side-by-side with ASSH Council members.  If you are interested in leading a committee, task force, initiative, or even becoming a Council member one day, this is the perfect stepping stone.  Program participants will research important topics related to the upper extremity profession and present at the December Council meeting.
This year’s Council meeting/Leadership Program will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. For more information on Program requirements and how to apply, visit the Mid-Career Leadership website.

*This program is supported by an education grant received from Auxilium Pharmaceuticals.
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
These easy-to-understand patient-oriented brochures provide straightforward descriptions of a variety of hand and upper extremity conditions.  Designed to provide your patients with take-away information on a diagnosis, these brochures are popular in offices across the country.  There is plenty of room for additional notes, physician comments and follow-up treatment instructions.  Each pack contains 25 brochures.  Order today.  Gone digital?  Refer your patients to our website.


Where Credit is Due

Congratulations to A. Bobby Chhabra, MD, who has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Virginia (UVA).  Dr. Chhabra is the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery; Professor of Plastic Surgery; and Co-Director of The UVA Hand Center. Until this appointment, he was also the Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.
Dr. Chhabra’s dedication and vision for patient care led to the creation of the University of Virginia Hand Center that was supported by a Buchanan Grant for New Clinical Initiatives.  The UVA Hand Center combines the services of Orthopaedic and Plastic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Radiology, Occupational Therapy and Nursing in a single facility at the forefront of technology.  Dr. Chhabra serves as the Co-Director of The UVA Hand Center, one of the busiest and most successful clinics in the UVA Health System.  Read more
In this week's most popular thread on the ASSH Physician Listserv, a member asked how other hand and upper extremity surgeons have implemented the Allscripts electronic health record (EHR) system in their practices.  A lively discussion ensued, with many fellow listserv subscribers sharing tips, macros, and templates to ease the transition process.
Do you use Allscripts EHR in your practice?  Would you like to share your experiences with other members?
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, "Allscripts EHR"  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.

Thank You to AFSH Donors

S. D. Boles, MD
Michael J. Forseth, MD
G. Thomas Frazier, Jr., MD
Robert I. Gelb, MD
Lewis B. Lane, MD
David M. Lichtman, MD
M. Clare K. McCarthy, MD
Allan E. Peljovich, MD MPH
Evan D. Schumer, MD

In 2012, AFSH received donations from 608 donors.  ASSH has over 3,200 members.  Which group are you in?  Visit now to support the Foundation that supports the future of our specialty.