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 2014 Active Membership Applicant Qualifications

Qualifications for 2014 Active Membership in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

To apply for Active Membership, individuals must complete an application form providing all requisite information. Active membership may be granted to any individual who:

  • Shall reside in the United States or Canada. 
  • Shall be fully licensed to practice medicine in a state, territory, or province of competent jurisdiction and shall have hospital privileges in hand surgery.
  • Shall be certified in general, orthopaedic, or plastic surgery by the appropriate American Specialty Board and shall hold a Certification in the Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand) or shall be certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and shall have completed twelve (12) months of satisfactory post-residency fellowship in surgery of the hand; or, in special circumstances, shall be exempted from the criteria in this subparagraph if the members of Council unanimously determine that the individual has made extraordinary contributions to the understanding and treatment of disorders of the upper limb and/or the education and training of physicians in hand surgery.

  • Shall be of high moral, ethical and professional standing, as attested to by two (2) active members and the applicant’s fellowship director, or if the applicant is not fellowship trained, then by (3) active members
  • Shall have attended, by the application due date, one Annual Meeting of the Society within the last three years. “Attendance” at an ASSH Annual Meeting is considered a full paid registration and is not fulfilled by single day registrations, individual pre or post course registrations, or acting as faculty/presenter/discusser for a course.

  • Shall have performed at least 125 major hand surgery operations in a consecutive 12-month period, in categories delineated on the application form.

  • Shall have made worthwhile contributions in areas of hand surgery including: publications, teaching, clinical practice, basic research or participation in educational activities of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.