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Frequently Asked Questions

How to download the Annual Meeting app

*The 2015 meeting app is not yet available for download. Please check back in spring 2015.

For iOS App Store – iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and iPod users:
1.On your device, open the App Store app
2.Search for ASSH Annual Meeting 2015
3.Install and run

For the Android devices 2.3 and higher, go to the Play store:
1. On your device, open the Android Market app
2. Search for ASSH Annual Meeting 2015
3. Install and run

All other mobile devices:

Enter the download link (coming soon) in your mobile device’s browser address bar (not the Google search bar).  The web app is designed for mobile viewing and requires continued Internet access to run.

Sync your Meeting Registration with the App

(internet connection required for this step)

  • Open the app and tap "Build Your Schedule".
  • Enter your ASSH username and password.

For more information about the Annual Meeting App - Check out the digital meeting page or visit us at the App Info Booth in the Washington State Convention Center.

Onsite Information:

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

ASSH Educational Resource Center

The ASSH Educational Resource Center will provide information on all ASSH activities, publications, courses, future annual meetings, patient education brochures, self-assessment examinations, apparel and more.  ASSH staff members will be available to answer your questions, fill publication orders and accept course registrations.

Speaker Ready Room
The Speaker Ready Room location is TBD.

Speaker Ready Room Hours

Where are the Annual Meeting Handouts?

The Annual Meeting Handouts will be available on the ASSH website September 2, 2015.  You will be able to download them to your mobile device or laptop.


CME questions:

How do I get my CME certificate?

The Hand Society’s Certificate of Course Completion form is available online only. Upon the completion of the meeting you will be able to login on the My CME page to verify the hours you attended and the number of CME credits you have earned by participating in the ASSH Annual Meeting.

Claiming your hours online is quick, easy and automatically updates your CME transcript for immediate printing!  If you are a new attendee or forgot your login information, please contact the ASSH by email at  or call (312) 880-1900 to obtain your login information.

DO NOT create a new online account if you have trouble logging in –– your registration record is attached to your original login and your education credits will not appear if a new login is created. For assistance with using the website or accessing your CME information online stop by the registration desk onsite or contact the Hand Society.

Who accredits this meeting?

The 70th ASSH Annual Meeting has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Does this meeting qualify for CEU?
No.  However, non-physician attendees can claim proof of attendance by following the same steps listed above for claiming CME.

Does this meeting satisfy any patient safety credit hours?
Please check the ASPS website. If a session has patient safety hours it will be noted in the description.

Do I have to complete a pre-test or post-test for CME?
Pre-course, Post-course and MOC-approved instructions courses have pre-tests and post-tests to help assess attendee learning.  You will receive an email notification to access your tests if you are registered for one or more of these sessions.

How do I access the pre-test and post-test?
Instructions coming soon.

Program questions:

When does the meeting start?

The official start of the Annual Meeting is on Thursday, September 10, 2015.  However, some activities begin as early as Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Where can I find the session calendar and session information?
Check the Program page to get started.

What courses will be recorded and sold?

The American Society for Surgery of the hand will capture audio lectures and video PowerPoint presentations on selected sessions during the ASSH Annual Meeting.  Everyone with access to Hand-e will have access to the recordings.

When will committee meetings be held?

Committee meetings will be scheduled from Tuesday through Saturday. Visit the committee meetings page for more information.

What is the Annual Meeting attendance requirement for ASSH Active members?

ASSH Active members must attend at least one ASSH Annual Meeting Society every 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 only as faculty/presenter/discusser for a course.

What is the appropriate attire for the meeting?
Business casual.

Where can I get precourse handouts?

If you are registered for a precourse, your registration includes a copy of the precourse syllabus. For the Coding course only, the syllabus will be provided to attendees in print format at the course. All other syllabi will be emailed to attendees prior to the course and accessible on September 2 along with other session handouts.

Where can I get handouts for the instructional courses & other sessions?

Handouts for symposia and instructional course lectures will be posted on this site prior to the meeting.  An e-mail notification will be sent to annual meeting attendees as soon as handouts become available for downloading.  

Where can I get abstracts for the meeting?

Meeting abstracts will be posted on this site prior to the meeting.  An e-mail notification will be sent to annual meeting attendees as soon as the abstracts are available.  Abstracts from prior meetings can be found in the Annual Meeting archives in Hand-e.

What awards are given out at the Annual Meeting?  When are they given?
There are many grant and award opportunities. You can find specific award announcement times on the Schedule at a Glance. Specific times will be added as the meeting date approaches.

How can I submit an abstract?

Look under the Program tab for submission instructions.

What are the dates for future annual meetings?
71st Annual Meeting of the ASSH
September 29 - October 1, 2016 * Austin, TX
Residents & Fellows Conference and Precourses begin on Wednesday, September 28, 2016


International attendee questions:

How do I get a letter of invitation?
If you need an official letter of invitation to attend the ASSH Annual Meeting, please contact staff at

Are there special registration discounts for international attendees?
Attendees from Spain, this year’s International Guest Society, are entitled to a registration discount.  Please contact for the discount code before registering online.

What is the international reception and how do I get invited?
The International Reception is open to all international attendees and their guests.

How can I become an International Member of ASSH?
Learn more about membership on>About ASSH>Join ASSH and scroll to the International Member section.

Registration questions:

How do I register?
Visit the Registration page on April 10, 2015 for information on how to register.

Where is onsite registration and when is it open?
The onsite registration location will be at the Washington State Convention Center. If you need to select or purchase tickets, you may do so onsite. All tickets are on a space-available basis. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

What is the cancellation policy?
Please visit the registration policies page for details on the refund and cancellation policy.  

What is the youth attendance policy?
Adults 18 years of age and older may visit any area of the annual meeting, provided admittance requirements are met according to the information that follows. These policies are strictly enforced.

Exhibit Hall - Children 6-17 years of age must purchase an exhibit hall pass at the ASSH Registration Desk to gain admittance to the exhibit hall. Parents or legal guardians are required to sign a release and waiver of claim for children between 6-17 years of age and must accompany them at all times while in the exhibit hall. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted to enter the exhibit hall under any circumstances.

Guest Program - All individuals participating in a tour must purchase a ticket and sign a release and waiver of claim. Some activities have a minimum age limit. Optional tour tickets are nonrefundable once purchased.

Will my registration materials be mailed to me?
No. You will not receive registration materials in advance of the Annual Meeting.  However, two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting, you will receive an e-mail notification that provides you with detailed information regarding your attendance at the Annual Meeting.  This will include instructions on location and times when you can check in and pick up your registration material.

How do I get a copy of my invoice?
Please visit > About ASSH > My Account > Transactions to access any ASSH invoice.

How do I know if you have received my registration?
You may visit > About ASSH > My Account > Transactions to verify your registration has been processed.  

Who can I contact if I have questions about my registration?
For registration questions, please call (312) 880-1900 or email

What sessions are require an additional fee?
There is an additional fee required if you plan on attending any of the following:

  • Residents and Fellows Conference
  • Optional Precourses and Postcourse
  • Hands-on Lab Courses and Demonstration Lab Courses
  • Tours and Social Events

I am a speaker, do I need to register?
Yes, all speakers are required to register and pay to attend the Annual Meeting.

Can I register to only visit the Exhibit Hall?
Yes, exhibit-only passes are available, check the Fees page for rates.

What is included with my registration?

A full meeting registration entitles you to the following:

  • Access all the scientific sessions, instructional course lectures, interactive case reviews and product demonstration workshops
  • Access to the Exhibit Hall
  • Daily box lunch
  • Complimentary downloadable handouts for symposia and instructional course lectures, as well as the abstract book.

I am an exhibitor, can I attend sessions?
Exhibitors registered as staff representatives may attend General Sessions.  To attend any of the Precourse or Instructional Course, etc. you must be registered as an attendee.  For more information about pricing, contact

How do I register for a Symposium?
All symposia are included in registrations as they are part of the concurrent scientific sessions at the Annual Meeting and seating capacity is not an issue.  You do not need to register for these.

General Information about ASSH and AFSH:

Where can I learn more about the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand?
Learn more at the AFSH website.

Where can I learn more about the products offered by ASSH?
Learn more by visiting the ASSH Store.

Where can I learn about applying for membership to ASSH?
Learn more about joining ASSH.

How can I reach someone in the ASSH Central Office?
The ASSH phone number is (312) 880-1900, or find out how to contact a staff member.

Who is on the ASSH Council?
Learn more about the ASSH Council members.


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