AAHS Newsletter

Hand Association News
Fall 2017
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Message from the AAHS President: William C. Pederson, MD

Message from the President
William C. Pederson, MD
It has been a very busy last few weeks for the Association. As a result of damage done to the island of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, we have relocated the 2018 Annual Meeting to the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona and were able to maintain the original meeting dates. I want to commend the leaderships of the AAHS, ASPN and ASRM as they worked collectively and efficiently over this past month to find a suitable alternative for the organizations’ meeting in January. Our thoughts are with those in Puerto Rico who continue with recovery efforts. The AAHS, as an organization, will be making a donation to Puerto Rico recovery, and if any members are interested in making personal donations, please consider one of the organizations at the following link. See list of IRS-verified nonprofits working on recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Dr. Warren Hammert and Kim McVeigh have planned a superb scientific program for January with excellent instructional courses, interesting speakers and engaging panels, including a panel focused on our theme for this year "Inclusion and Collaboration". This panel titled "AAHS and ASSH – The Past, Present and Future," will include Dr. Jim Chang. President of ASSH, and Past President Dr. David Green, as well as Dr. Bob Russell, AAHS Past President, and I will serve as moderator. This panel is going to explore the past, present, and future of the AAHS and ASSH, and should be quite interesting.
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AAHS Annual Meeting Relocated!

The 2018 AAHS Annual Meeting has been relocated to the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting dates have NOT changed and will remain January 10-13, 2018. If you have already made your reservations at the El Conquistador Hotel in Puerto Rico, the hotel will be automatically cancelling your room reservation and you will receive a full refund credited back to your original payment method. You are required to make housing reservations at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel directly. Visit the AAHS meeting website for all meeting details.


Student Loan Refinancing
Student Loan Refinancing
Richard J. Tosti, MD

I became interested in personal finance for doctors around the time when I started my first job as an attending surgeon. For many physicians, that first job is exciting. Some of us wonder what kind of house or car we will buy… until some realize that "more money = more problems." As a new surgeon, you no longer qualify for a low-income based repayment plan for your school loans, and that dream of a house or a car surely is checked by the realization that much of your new salary may be going toward your student debt! So what is the best way to handle that debt? This article will cover some of your repayment options.

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2018 Guest Society: Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand

The AAHS is pleased to welcome the Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand to its 2018 Annual Meeting as guest society! Learn more about the Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand and its rich history and mission by visiting www.sicm.it.


Message from the Editor

Message from the Editor
John Fowler, MD
Hopefully, if you are reading the AAHS Newsletter, you know that the Annual Meeting has been relocated to Phoenix, Arizona due to damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The dates of the meeting remain the same, January 10-13, 2018. The theme for this year’s meeting is "Inclusion and Collaboration." As always, there will be an incredible variety of Instructional Course Lectures by leaders in the field. James Urbaniak will give an invited guest lecture title, "To Make a Thumb or Not Make a Thumb – That is the Question." Current AAHS President Willam Pederson will give his Presidential Address, titled "Primum No Nocere – How do we Teach Judgment."
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What value do Hand Therapists bring to the Value Based Payment system? And how do we objectify it.

What value do Hand Therapists bring to the Value Based Payment system? And how do we objectify it.
Saba Kamal, OTR, CHT

What performance metrics do hand therapist use to assess themselves or rather what metrics are used by others (surgeons/ patients) as a metric to rate therapists.

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AAOS Resident Advocacy Fellowship

The AAOS Office of Government Relations has established a new Advocacy Fellows Program for residents. We are now accepting applications for 2018. The goal is to encourage the participation of orthopaedic residents in the national health policy arena. The program seeks to foster the development of orthopaedic surgeons interested in health policy and advocacy who are willing to become key members of the AAOS advocacy team. It offers orthopaedic residents the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the health policy process and contribute to the development of new policies and programs. Dr. Stuart Weinstein, former ChaMarian of the AAOS Political Action Committee, is directing the program.

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AAHS/AAOS/OTA FREE Webinar
Upper Extremity Injuries in the Poly-Trauma Patients: Timing, Strategies, & Techniques
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
8:15 PM Eastern / 7:15 PM Central / 5:15 PM Pacific
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Save the Date: AAHS/AAOS/POSNA Webinar
Controversial Fracture Treatment of the Pediatric Upper Extremity: Should we operate or not – A Case Based Discussion
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT / 5:15 PM Pacific

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Jeanne Riggs 2017 La Paz, Bolivia Report


My first medical mission trip took place in May in La Paz, Bolivia, a city that holds a population of 835,000 people, rests at 12,000 ft elevation, and is the capital city in a developing country with a poverty level of 53%. Thanks to the AAHS Hand Surgery Endowment, I was able to join the ReSurge International team on a 2 week trip with team members from all over the United States.

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Nicole Jarret's 2017 Honduras Mission Report


"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

I had the privilege of being part of the Touching Hands Project mission to San Pedro Sula, Honduras in April 2017, with my travel sponsored by a AAHS Volunteer Scholarship from the Hand Surgery Endowment. It was a wonderful experience both on professional and personal levels. We screened 130 patients in one day of clinic, including 78 adults and 52 children. Since this trip repeats every six months, there were 31 patients that were follow-ups from prior visits, which is remarkable given how arduous it is for many patients to get to the clinic. During the following 5 days in the operating room, we performed 57 cases.

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Accurate Surgical & Scientific Instruments Coroporation Van Tran's 2017 Ho Chi Minh City Mission Report


It was a privilege to be the part of this caring, kind and compassionate team to serve at the Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this summer. The team consisted of 2 surgeons, 1 pediatrician, 4 anesthesiologists, 2 OR nurses, 2 PICU nurses, 1 hand therapist, 2 coordinators/translators. We came from CA, OH, NH, MI, ID, OR, CO, Canada and France! Returning to Vietnam was a homecoming for me. I fled there 42 years ago with my family to the US at the end of the Vietnam conflict, 04/30/1975. It was an emotional mission for me. I am so thankful for the opportunity to return there and to serve the underserved community.

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