International Guest Society (ITALY)

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand welcomes the Societa Italiana di Chirurgia della Mano (SICM) as the 2018 International Guest Hand Society.  The Guest Society program offers the opportunity for Annual Meeting attendees to exchange scientific ideas and increase knowledge of Italian research techniques and progress in the hand and upper extremity community.  As the honoree, the Italian Society will be acknowledged in the Opening Ceremony and will be recognized as the guest of honor at a special ASSH welcome event at Fenway Park on Thursday, September 13, 2018.  Review the full benefits list.

Guest Society Scientific Posters

As a part of our International Guest Hand Society program the ASSH will feature a special interactive poster section online highlighting scientific contributions from Italian researchers and authors.   Poster abstracts will be accepted through February 5, 2018.  The iPoster website will launch at the end of summer. 

Guest Society Ambassador Program

On Thursday September 13, the ASSH will host a Guest Society Ambassador breakfast. All attendees from Italy are encouraged to RSVP to attend and be matched with an ASSH ambassador. Ambassadors will help make introductions be available to answer questions about the ASSH and offer a friendly hand to help Italian attendees navigate the Annual Meeting. To RSVP to attend or to sign up as an ambassador please contact [email protected].  More information will be sent in the summer.

ASSH Welcome Event at Fenway Park (International Reception)*

All international attendees are invited to the ASSH welcome event at Fenway Park on Thursday, September 13, 2018, featuring a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays (game starts at 7:10 PM).  SICM will be honored as the 2018 International Guest Hand Society.  Enjoy food, drinks and the game while gathering with your international colleagues.  All registered, international attendees will receive one ticket, included with registration (until event sells out).  Additional tickets for guests can be purchased for $50 USD (pending availability).  Tickets are limited so please register early to reserve your space!

*Note: This event will replace the traditional international reception that has been hosted at past ASSH conferences.

"VIP" Lounge

The "Very Important Person" VIP Lounge offers a quiet gathering place for International Attendees and major AFSH donors.  The lounge will be open Wednesday at 6:00 AM and will close on Saturday at 4:00 PM and will feature morning and afternoon refreshments along with internet enabled computer workstations with printers. Note: The lounge is by invitation-only to qualified AFSH donors and international attendees. Spouses and families are not permitted.  

Hand-e Subscription

All hand care professionals from Italy may request a complimentary subscription to Hand-e for immediate use, through December 31, 2018 (valued at $299 USD).  Submit your complete contact information, including mailing address and email to [email protected].

international Membership Invitation

SICM members are invited to apply for 2019 International Membership.  Your membership application fee will be waived ($0 USD) and your first year membership dues will be discounted by 50%.  A total saving of $375 USD!  The 2019 International Membership application will be available in August 2018.

Registration & U.S. Travel Requirements

Members of the Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand are eligible for a registration discount of $550 USD which will automatically be applied at registration.  

All international registrants will receive one ticket to the ASSH welcome event at Fenway Park.  Additional tickets may be purchased for $50 USD/each.  Tickets are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.  For questions or assistance email [email protected].

International Bring a Young Surgeon Program

The ASSH is excited to continue its popular International Bring a Young Surgeon program.  Learn how you can sponsor a trainee for a free registration to attend the Annual Meeting!


Guest Society Past Honorees include:

YEAR    COUNTRY   SOCIETY
 2017 Canada Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand
Visit the 2017 i-Poster Site
 2016 Japan Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand
Download 2016 IGHS Poster Abstract Book
 2015 Spain Spanish Society for Surgery of the Hand
Visit the 2015 e-Poster Site
2014 Brazil Brazilian Society for Surgery of the Hand 
2013 Australia   Australian Hand Surgery Society
Download 2013 IGHS Poster Abstract Book
2012 Korea Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
2011 U.K. British Society for Surgery of the Hand
2010 Sweden Swedish Society for Surgery of the Hand
2009 China Chinese Hand Surgery Society
2008 France Societe Francaise de Chirugie de la Main
2007 Japan Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand