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 Weekly Member Update - October 18, 2013

Volunteer Note

Steve K. Lee, MD
Chair, Public Education Committee
The ASSH Patient Education Committee has spent many years developing helpful content to share with our patients, and recently, we’ve also developed an incredibly helpful tool to share all of that great content with you and your patients (and it’s free!).  The “HandCare” app, now available for iPad, has all of our patient education materials available at the tap of a finger.  Once you download the app, you can tap on a condition or procedure, review the information, share notes, create drawings, circle or highlight text and/or images, save favorite topics, and even email your marked-up information as a PDF directly to a patient.  Download the app for free to check it out for yourself.  It is a rich tool with many uses, and we hope that you get a lot of value out of it.  Visit the iPad app store and search for “HandCare,” and once you’ve tested it for yourself, please rate the app, and let us know how we can make it better!
Thanks to the committee members for all of their hard work in developing the content that is the
back bone of the app and the ASSH staff for their support in the development of the technology.
Review the information below and express your interest in the position by sending a letter of
interest that includes any relevant experience and qualities along with your CV to Jessica Daniels,  Deadline to apply is Monday, November 4.
The Hand-e Content Editor will facilitate the continued development of Hand-e content to be a  current and relevant resource within the ASSH website for hand surgeons at every stage of their
The Hand-e Content Editor will oversee the curation of ASSH resources available from multiple sources, both established and burgeoning, in the Hand Society library into the digital space referred to as Hand-e.  In doing so, the Hand-e Content Editor will:
  • liaise with existing volunteers in the structure of the ASSH Practice division to facilitate inclusion of relevant content from existing ASSH newsletters, webinars and other offerings into Hand-e collections,
  • liaise with ASSH Textbook Managing Editor, JHS Editor in Chief and other textbook/publication editors to coordinate Hand-e content curation,
  • liaise with ASSH staff to ensure that courses and Annual Meeting content are captured and incorporated in Hand-e collections to the extent that the Hand-e budget allows,
  • be aware of the development of any new online CME offerings and insure promotion and/or integration of those offerings within the Hand-e site,
  • insure that the content within the Hand-e platform meets the need of surgeons at all levels of their careers,
  • develop and implement a process for vetting, reviewing and/or retiring new and existing content,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer research and curriculum editor to facilitate continued growth of resources and collections,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer image curator for Hand-e collections,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer video editor/curator for Hand-e collections,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer social media curator.

The description of the Hand-e Content Editor role is subject to modification during the development of this resource.

Additional qualifications:
Current ASSH member
The Hand-e Content Editor’s compensation will be commensurate with that of the JHS Review Editor.
2013 Masters Skills Series: Management of Complex Trauma in the Upper Extremity
November 8-9, 2013
Orthopaedic Learning Center
Rosemont, IL
Chairs: David C. Ring, MD and David S. Ruch, MD
Stay on top of the latest advances by joining us this November for an unparalleled, deep-dive experience into the trenches of trauma care of the upper extremity.  If you treat fractures and are interested in the latest techniques and treatment approaches, this is just the course for you.  The interactive course format, along with the opportunity to interact
with faculty at the breaks and reception will allow you to get all your questions answered by the experts. You will leave feeling enriched and well-grounded in upper extremity trauma.

Check out our program and register today!
If you can't make it to Rosemont for the course, you can still access a wealth of information on the successful management of fractures, dislocations, and attendant soft-tissue injuries to the fingers and hand at the touch of a fingertip!  Accessible via computer, tablet, or smartphone, our new eBook, Fractures and Dislocations of the Hand and Fingers provides a comprehensive resource to all practicing surgeons treating hand trauma.  Edited by William H. Seitz, Jr., MD, and featuring contributions from leading experts in the field, this text features nearly 600 figures as well as 5 videos demonstrating specifics of surgical technique and surgical outcomes.  Learn more.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand Textbook of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

ASSH just released its first complete two volume textbook.  It is a comprehensive learning tool that covers the entire upper extremity and includes full access to, a feature-rich online platform.  Visit to see a demo chapter.  The platform is mobile friendly and content-rich. 
ASSH Textbook of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery is now available in print and/or as a downloadable eBook
What is the difference between the printed book and the eBook? 
Check out the features:
​Feature ​Print Book ​eBook

79 Chapters​

​Yes ​Yes

​Over 2000 images

​Yes ​Yes

​Nearly 140 technique videos

​Yes ​Yes

​Free access to mobile-friendly using your ASSH login

​Yes ​Yes

​Unlimited downloads for off-line access to the electronic book (free Adobe ID required)

​No ​Yes

​Gorgeous oxford-bound, two volume book

​Yes ​No


AFSH Trustees Welcome New Board Members

The AFSH Trustees welcome Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS, Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD, MS, Steve K. Lee, MD, and William H. Seitz, Jr., MD as new Board members.
The Trustees thank departing Board members J. Mark Evans, MD, Frederick F. Fakharzadeh, MD, Brent Graham, MD, and W.P. Andrew Lee, MD, for their service and dedication to the AFSH.

Listserv Hot Topic: Thumb CMC Dislocation

In this week's most popular thread on the ASSH Physician Listserv, a member presented a thumb CMC dislocation in a teenage patient.  Many fellow listserv subscribers weighed in with their thoughts and experience in treating similar cases.  How would you approach this case?  Do you wish to share your experience with 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, "Thumb CMC Dislocation"  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

Thank You to AFSH Donors

John G. Seiler, III, MD
Mohab B. Foad, 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.