AAHS Newsletter

March 2017

Message from the AAHS President: William C. Pederson, MD
Message from the President
William C. Pederson, MD
The Association is coming off a very successful meeting on the Big Island and we are already working hard on next year’s meeting in Puerto Rico with the Italian Society for Surgery of the Hand featured as the guest organization. Warren Hammert as program chair is putting together an excellent educational program, and we plan to have several new panels and interesting speakers. The venue at El Conquistador resort is spectacular and we are anticipating another superb meeting.

Since last summer the Board has been working on a new strategic plan, which includes the pillars of International Outreach, Innovative Education, Member Value, and Awareness/Recognition. Our Outreach program is well-established with our support of multiple programs in the Americas and overseas, but we want to build on this. In terms of innovative education we are working on several areas, but among these are webinars, including the one in collaboration with the AAOS and ASES on ”Elbow Tendinopathy” on April 4. In terms of Member Value we are attempting to get more feedback from our members in terms of what areas the membership see of value via polling and we are exploring different vehicles to deliver value and education. In the area of Awareness/Recognition we are in the process of developing multiple ways of communicating with our members and others including social media. show/hide article
Notice Regarding Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

The Board of Directors of the Association looks forward to hosting the 2018 Annual Meeting at the El Conquistador in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The Association leadership has been closely following the developments related to the Zika virus in Puerto Rico for well over a year. Preparations for the 2018 are now under way and the leadership encourages members and attendees to seek information and travel-related advice on the Zika Virus on the CDC website, the El Conquistador website as well as other media sources. Information on the 2018 Annual Meeting can be found on the AAHS website.

2018 Pilot Research Funding Application to Launch June 2017, Mentorship Opportunity

The AAHS Research Committee is pleased to announce the application for the 2018 AAHS annual research grant will launch in early June 2017. The 2018 grant for $10,000 is available to clinicians and therapists in private or academic practice for small clinical studies focused in hand care, or for pilot studies leading to a more major hand care study. Grant applications are judged not only on scientific merit, but also on whether the project can realistically be completed in 1 year and on the quality and practicality of the budget. All AAHS members and applicants for membership are eligible to apply. There may be up to 3 co-investigators on a project and at least 1 of the investigators MUST be an Active or Affiliate AAHS member. See additional, detailed instructions.

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Researcher Interview: Sanj Kakar, MD, MBA
2017 AAHS Research Grant Recipient

Researcher Interview: Sanj Kakar, MD, MBA, 2017 AAHS Research Grant Recipient
Sanj Kakar, MD, MBA
Dr. Sanj Kaker is an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Rochester and the recipient of the 2017 AAHS Annual Research Grant for his work "The effect of hamate osteotomy on carpal kinematics." To learn a bit about his experience and interest in research, the AAHS Research Committee conducted a short interview with Dr. Kakar.

1. How did you hear about the grant?
I heard about the grant through the annual meeting and also from the AAHS website. In addition, several of my friends and colleagues have received a grant from the AAHS and recommended it to me.
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Message from the Editor and Guatemala Healing Hands Highlight

Message from the Editor
John Fowler, MD
It is with great pleasure that I present the current edition of the AAHS Newsletter. The annual meeting was a great success. In particular, I would like to highlight the Vargas Award Presentation. This year’s recipient was Aviva Wolff. There is an amazing video that describes the great work being performed by the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation. Lynn Bassini stated the importance of the mission to the Guatemalans: “Why hands? A lot of Guatemalan’s don’t have much education, so their only option is to become manual laborers. Without their hands, they can never make a living.” The organization wants to allow Guatemalans with hand problems to become productive members of society.
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AAHS/ASES/AAOS Combined FREE Webinar: Elbow Tendinopathy: Convincing Indications and Compelling Techniques for Surgical Success
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American Association for Hand Surgery American Shoulder And Elbow Surgeons

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 8:15 PM Eastern / 7:15 PM Central / 5:15 PM Pacific
Register Here

“Meeting in the Middle”, a combined Webinar from the AAHS, ASES and AAOS presented by hand surgeons (AAHS) and shoulder surgeons (ASES) who specialize in challenging elbow problems.

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Therapists Corner: The 2017 Annual Meeting in Summary

Therapists Corner
Jeanine Beasley EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA
The 2017 American Association for Hand Surgery’s (AAHS) annual meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii was an outstanding educational event for Hand Therapists. It was a perfect combination of joint sessions with the hand surgeons, special curriculum for hand therapists, and a venue that provided unsurpassed weather and natural beauty. Hand therapists and hand surgeons typically attend separate continuing education meetings. The AAHS meeting provides predominantly joint sessions that allow therapists and surgeons to experience the entire spectrum of hand care for the mutual benefit of both disciplines. The large variety of excellent vendors added to the educational experience for the participants. show/hide article

Aviva Wolff’s 2016 Vargas Mission Report

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ” Nelson Mandela

Through the generous support of the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and Hand Surgery Enowment (HSE) Vargas award, I was afforded the opportunity to participate in the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation’s (GHHF) 11 th mission to Guatemala this past November. GHHF was founded by Lynn Bassini, in an effort to improve the quality and availability of health care, specifically for the treatment of congenital and hand injuries through education and clinical care. Lynn is a source of endless inspiration and a true embodiment of humanitarianism at its best.

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