AAHS Newsletter

Hand Association News
Fall 2018
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Message from the President
Brian D. Adams, MD
Brian D. Adams, MD

Our Board meeting this summer concluded with numerous plans to expand our national and global impact on hand surgery, including a new board preparation program for fellows and young surgeons at our brilliantly conceived annual meeting in sunny Palm Desert, CA under the direction of Glenn Gaston MD, Christina Ward MD, and Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT. The French Society will be joining us in strong numbers with their own perspective. Don't miss the broad range of superb speakers including renowned journalist Ann Compton, professional cyclist and author Tyler Hamilton, medical-politics expert Dan Nagle MD, and icon Andrew Palmer MD on life balance.

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Message from the 2019 AAHS Annual Meeting Program Chairs

As 2018 winds down, the AAHS annual meeting is right around the corner. You don't want to miss out on this years' meeting for several reasons. First, as any realtor will tell you: location, location, location! Palm Desert, CA is hard to beat mid-winter. The area offers something for everyone, as the Coachella Valley is home to amazing golf courses, spas, scenic trails, and shopping. The meeting program was designed to provide something for everyone as well. For residents and fellows, we have added a Mock Board Review Course to simulate and prepare for oral boards, as well as the traditionally well-received surgeon development workshop and surgical skills lab. We also added an exciting Friday evening of cocktails and trivia contest for residents and faculty mentors to team up and show off their non-didactic knowledge of hand in music, the arts, and pop culture. For practicing physicians and therapists, the agenda is packed with top notch scientific presentations, instructional courses, and symposia.

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Dynamic Stability of the Thumb: What is this all about?

Why is the human thumb at such a risk? Is it because there is only a 35 year warranty on the 1st CMC joint? The basal joint of thumb is responsible for up to 60-70% of the hand’s function. Its wide range of motion means it is also inherently unstable. It is most affected by osteoarthritis (OA), has the highest report of pain and disability and the joint most commonly operated on in the hand. So if this is such an important joint of the hand, what can be done to reduce its pain? I suggest that part of that answer is dynamic stability.

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AAHS Research Committee Members and How They Launched Their Research Careers: Drs. Deana Mercer and Simon Talbot

Every member of the Research Committee has devoted time and energy to encourage others to conduct research in the field of hand care. Read about the paths taken by members of the AAHS Research Committee. This issue of Hand Surgery News features Dr. Deana Mercer at the University of New Mexico and Dr. Simon Talbot at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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New for 2019: ABOS Streamlines and Adds an Option to MOC

In addition to streamlined Application and Case List entry functions, the ABOS is adding a Web-Based Knowledge Assessment option as an alternative to the every 10 year multiple choice examination. The new ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment (ABOS WLA) program will involve Diplomates choosing 15 Knowledge Sources from a list of ~100 that will be posted to the ABOS website on a yearly basis. Questions based on those sources (total of 30 – 2 per source) will be delivered to the Diplomate's home computer, to be answered in an open book fashion over a 5 week period. That process will repeat yearly until 5 successful years (80% correct) out of 8 are achieved. The ABOS notes that the ability to use...

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Message from the Editor

Message from the Editor
John Fowler, MD

I am proud to present the latest issue of the AAHS Newsletter, Hand Surgery News. I hope that you find the articles in this edition interesting and/or helpful to your practice. Deana Mercer and Simon Talbot present an article from the AAHS Research Committee. Gerson Florez provides insight for young hand surgeons about navigating the first years in practice. The AAHS program chair gives us an update on the Annual Meeting and our President updates us on the state of the AAHS after the mid-year leadership meeting. I hope to see everyone in January in Palm Desert.

The latest issue of HAND is now available online
View the Table of Contents for HAND Volume 13, Issue 5

2019 Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting

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Navigating the First Years of Practice: Helping You To Know What You Do Not Know
Gerson Florez, MD
Gerson Florez, MD

You’re a physician. 4 years of college completed and possibly multiple years of professional growth or research until you were ready for medical school or medical school was ready for you. Four arduous years of intense study, resilience against exhaustion, and determination to succeed.

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Funding Opportunities Available

2019 Volunteer Scholarships available and information about the AAHS/PSF Combined Pilot Research Grant.

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Triennial International Hand Surgery & Therapy Congress

Triennial International Hand Surgery & Therapy Congress

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