CME and Objectives

ASSH Continuing Medical Education Credit

The ASSH designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The maximum number of hours noted above includes all available educational programming including optional and additional-fee activities. Those only attending the general scientific sessions instructional courses and the interactive case reviews over all three days of the main conference can earn up to 22.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. To review the full list of sessions eligible click here.

*Please note that ASSH does not provide Continuing Education for physical therapists. Visit the APTA website for more information.


The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

CME Certificates

CME Certificates for the Annual Meeting are available online.  To claim your CME for any prior meeting go to the My CME page.  Email [email protected] if you have questions or for log-in information.

Educational Objectives

  • Improve their scientific knowledge of upper extremity surgery professional practices and patient care.
  • Increase their knowledge and competency about cutting-edge clinical advances and new research findings in hand and upper extremity surgery.
  • Enhance their ability to apply surgical skills and therapeutic treatment methods that are acquired through small group demonstrations.
  • Achieve a broad understanding through professional interaction with colleagues from the United States and abroad.
  • Evaluate a wide range of hand surgery/therapy products and technologies that may be of benefit to hand professionals.
  • Apply innovative ideas to the business and financial aspects of hand-specialized practice.
  • Evaluate the impact of new aspects of health care policies and medical ethics in hand surgery.

CME Mission

The preeminent mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is to provide state-of-the-art continuing medical education in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery. The ASSH is dedicated to fulfillment of this mission through the following means:

  • Offering excellent educational programming enabling hand care professionals to provide superior medical care for the hand and upper extremity.
  • Enhancing the dissemination of current research knowledge ensuring that hand care professionals have timely and relevant information available.
  • Facilitating a career-long continuum of medical education.
  • Fostering innovation in current medical education programs.
  • Being a resource and model for course directors and educators involved in ASSH educational activities.
  • Enhancing the value of care for hand and upper extremity problems by improving quality and patient safety.

Target Audience
ASSH perpetuates the CME mission through a multidisciplinary educational audience of regional national and international participants which include:

Primary Audience

  • Practicing Hand Surgeons

Secondary Audience

  • Basic scientists
  • All members of the healthcare team
  • Surgeons and basic scientists in training
  • Hand therapists and physiatrists
  • Industry

Content Areas
The scope of ASSH continuing medical education fosters activities in both clinical and non-clinical environments encompassing:

  • Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Practice Management
  • Medical/Legal
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Scholarship

In addition ASSH supports continuing medical education opportunities through joint and co-sponsorship with other respected and recognized medical organizations which are consistent with ACCME Essentials and Standards.

Type of Activities
ASSH cultivates traditional CME and personal interaction with member and non-member hand surgeons hand therapists other physicians interested in specific problems related to hand and upper extremity surgery and scientists through the following learning modalities:

  • Didactic Presentations and Seminars
  • Symposia and Workshops
  • Teleconferences and Webcasting
  • Enduring Materials
  • Self-Assessment Programs

Expected Results
The expected results of the ASSH Educational program are to provide hand surgeons and other health care professionals with educational programs that improve their current clinical knowledge and enhance patient care by improving competence performance or patient outcomes. The goal of ASSH CME is to:

  • Integrate research knowledge into clinical practice and to facilitate career-long learning.
  • Measure the outcome of modified behavior. ASSH places a strong emphasis on the assessment of results and asks “How will this educational program improve physician behavior?”
  • Identify and overcome barriers to physician change. Integrate CME into health care improvement initiatives and enhance the learning and change process of physicians.
  • Use evaluation tools (e.g. needs assessments surveys outcomes measurement etc.) on selected courses before during and following the program based on the scope of the educational activity and the specific needs of the learner.
  • Determine the effectiveness of programs designed to improve the attendees’ knowledge of best practices competence performance or patient outcomes.
  • Implement changes or improvements to enhance subsequent educational activities and the overall education mission.


The material presented in this continuing medical education program is being made available by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the best or only methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situation discussed; rather the material is intended to present an approach view statement or opinion of the authors or presenters which may be helpful or of interest to other practitioners. The attendees agree to participate in this medical education program sponsored by ASSH with full knowledge and awareness that they waive any claim they may have against ASSH for reliance on any information presented in this educational program. In addition the attendees also waive any claim they have against the ASSH for injury or other damage that may result in any way from their participation in this program. All of the proceedings of the 71st Annual Meeting including the presentation of scientific papers are intended for limited publication only and all property rights in the material presented including common-law copyright are expressly reserved to the speaker or the ASSH. No statement or presentation made is to be regarded as dedicated to the public domain. Any sound reproduction transcript or other use of the material presented at this course without the permission of the speaker or the ASSH is prohibited to the full extent of common-law copyright in such material. The ASSH is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting. Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant. The approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required for procedures and drugs that are considered experimental. Instrumentation systems discussed and/or demonstrated in or at ASSH educational programs may not yet have received FDA approval.