Innovation in Education Grant

This grant was offered for two cycles, over 2015-2016.  The purpose of this award was to help seed-fund new or innovative educational initiatives that will benefit ASSH members and/or surgical residents and fellows. There are currently no plans to offer this grants program again after 2016.

Past Recipients


Does Anatomic Knowledge Correlate with Surgical Competency? A Multi-Center Study.
Fraser J. Leversedge, MD

Web-Based Assessment of Hand Fellow Education: Going Beyond the Next Accreditation
Scott D. Lifchez, MD


A Technology Platform for Surgical Video Coaching in Orthopaedic Resident Training (see update)
Chris Anthony, MD
Ericka Lawler, MD

Utilization of a Smart Phone Application for Tracking Hand Surgery Milestones (see update)
Kyle C. Bohm, MD


  • Proposal must be an educational initiative program or product that features innovative teaching methods use of a technology platform or whose final product is distributed through the Hand-e online learning portal.  Examples include but are not limited to: web/mobile applications video animation instruction or new content series on Hand-e.
  • Applicant must describe how project will benefit ASSH and its members or support resident/fellow education.
  • Proposal must describe the learning activity or final product that will result from the grant.


  • Members Candidate Members and International Members are encouraged to apply. 
  • Non-Members must secure an Active Member mentor/sponsor to apply.


  • Applicant contact information including resume/C.V. and a recent headshot
  • Applicant must disclose all relevant commercial relationships and any outside funding received.
  • Project proposal including title description target audience estimated budget and contributing authors.  Description must detail the final product or learning activity expected at the conclusion of the grant term.
  • Summary of how project is innovative and will benefit ASSH members and/or residents and fellows.
  • Description of finished product or learning activity at conclusion of the grant period.  
  • Letter of recommendation from an ASSH Member (required of all applicants regardless of membership status).

Note: re-submissions are allowed.


The winner will receive a $10,000 award stipend for a one-year grant.  $5,000 will be distributed at the start of the grant and an additional $5,000 once a 6-month progress report has been received.  A final report along with your completed project must be submitted to the ASSH for review within 30 days of the grant's conclusion. 


Award recipients are required to grant the ASSH the right to use purchase license or otherwise offer the completed project as part of the Hand Society's offerings or services (as applicable).  The ASSH shall have 60 days from the date it receives your completed project to exercise its right of first refusal.  If it exercises such rights the terms of the Hand Society's use shall be on mutually acceptable terms.  If the ASSH does not exercise its right of first refusal within 60 days you are free to pursue other opportunities at your discretion.


The winner will be announced at the ASSH Annual Meeting.  

AFSH Education Grant Selection Committee

Chair: Dawn LaPorte MD
Committee: Martin Boyer MD FRCS(C) John Bednar MD and Jennifer Wolf MD

The Selection Committee will score and review all applications during the month of August.  Applicants may be asked to provide clarification or revise their proposal based on feedback from the committee. 


Grant Start Date: November 1

This grant will not be offered in 2017 as we explore new educational initiatives.

Questions? Contact the AFSH at [email protected]

The AFSH Innovation in Education Grant was established in May 2015 by the ASSH Council.  This grant is made possible by donations made to the AFSH Education Fund.  The Education Fund was established in 2012 in honor of the AFSH 25th Anniversary.  Donate now to the Education Fund!