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 Weekly Member Update - November 1, 2013


November IFSSH Ezine Now Available


Volunteer Note


John M. Bednar, MD
AFSH President
Celebrate, Participate, and Motivate: A Formula for Success
The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the AFSH gives us a reason to pause and admire the great progress that has been made in growing and expanding the original vision of the Foundation’s founders.  This success is a product of the generous support received from ASSH members and corporate partners.  It is with deep gratitude that I thank all our donors.  Your support makes them true leaders in the advancement of hand surgery. 
The mission and reach of the Foundation continues to expand to support:
  • We are honored to have awarded $500,000 in research grants in 2013.
  • Since 2007, $1,377,500 in AFSH grants have funded research that was of such high quality that it has generated 11,653,869 in additional grant support.  These are research projects which will generate results that will ultimately help us all improve the care of our patients.  It is also an incredible return on our investment.

The Richard H. Gelberman Traveling Educator Award was announced at the 2013 ASSH meeting.  It is a traveling fellowship awarded to a young surgeon for the purpose of visiting a national or international center of excellence in order to learn necessary operative or research techniques that will be utilized in the surgeon’s practice of hand and upper extremity surgery.

Two new funds have been formed and will be formally announced at the 2014 ASSH meeting:
  • The A. Lee Osterman Excellence in Education Fund will provide a $5,000 honorarium each year to an ASSH member of at least 15 years, who has demonstrated excellence as an educator.  This fund will also help support the ASSH Annual Meeting Scholarship program to encourage residents and fellows to attend the Annual Meeting.
  • The Daniel C. Riordan Education Fund, will provide a $1,500 scholarship each year for a resident or fellow to attend the ASSH Residents and Fellows Conference and ASSH Annual Meeting.

Make a pledged commitment today at  

Touching Hands Project - Dr. Kozin will lead an AFSH sponsored mission to Haiti in February 2014 in collaboration with Partners in Health to connect those in need with the expertise of the ASSH membership.

We need your help to advance these projects and to continue to grow the Foundation.  Why donate?  93 cents of every dollar donated goes to its stated purpose.  This is a fund efficiency not seen in most other organizations!  You have freedom to choose where your donation is used, designating it for research, education, outreach, or by donating to a specific named fund.  You will be integral in supporting a cause that will directly impact the future of hand surgery not only in the USA but worldwide.
As we enter this holiday season and make year-end giving decisions, I hope we can count on your support to advance hand surgery research, education, and outreach.
I would also ask that you volunteer to call a colleague to make them aware of the work of the Foundation and motivate them to become involved and pledge support.  Together we are advancing the specialty of hand surgery and improving the care of our patients.  Thank you for your support!
If you would like to learn more about the AFSH, or make a contribution, visit
To what extent do you agree with the following statements:
  1. I have access to the necessary resources to make the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
  2. I would like the Hand Society to produce a document or e-publication to assist me in the transition.
To submit your response, click here.


Deadline Extended: Call for ASSH Hand-e Content Editor

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,  The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, November 8.
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.
Edited by Jeffrey A. Greenberg, MD
New for 2013!  Check out the book that Dr. Andrew K. Palmer says “covers a topic that is one of the most complex and fascinating areas of all of hand surgery—an area that has been dubbed the low back pain of the upper extremity.”  Thirty chapters written by world experts take the reader through the entire spectrum of disorders and dysfunction.  With over 300 images and Key Points/ Pearls & Pitfalls featured at the end of every technique chapter, Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain is a welcome addition to the library of any surgeon, at any level, who is or will be working with patients who experience ulnar wrist pain.  Available as a print book and eBook.

February 7-8, 2014
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
The 2014 Electives in Hand Surgery Course is designed to help both surgeons and therapists master anatomical knowledge of common conditions from the fingertip to the shoulder.  Topics that are infrequently seen in educational forums but are clinically common will also be covered.  The Course will offer concurrent programming on Friday and Saturday morning, giving attendees the choice of which topic best meets their needs. Check out our program and register today!

In Memoriam

ASSH is sad to announce the passing of Judith Ann Goins Bell Krotoski, MA, LOTR, CHT, FAOTA.  Ms. Bell-Krotoski was a founding member of ASHT, and one of the primary figures responsible for the creation of the ASSH Affiliate Membership category.  Read her full obituary here.
IFSSH is proud to bring you the November issue of the IFSSH Ezine, a digital publication available to the global Hand Surgery and Hand Therapy communities.  Click here to view the Ezine.
In this week's most popular thread on the ASSH Physician Listserv, a member asked for the experiences of other Listserv subscribers with mandatory post-surgical debriefings at their hospitals and surgery centers.  A very lively discussion ensued, as many members weighed in.
Do you wish to share your opinions or experiences on this polarizing subject?
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, "Mandatory Debrief Memo."  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.