AAHS Newsletter

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

This year is off to a great start after a very successful Annual Meeting in Phoenix despite a quick change in venue due to the hurricanes. The agenda for 2018 is full of exciting initiatives to bring even more value to our members.

Our international missions are growing, with new venues and expanding resources to reach even more underserved regions of the world. A "reverse" fellowship was created to bring international young superstars in hand surgery to the US for special training with our members at centers of excellence. We continue to make bilateral partnerships with international hand surgery organizations to expand relations and education around the globe, with France being our wonderful partner at next year’s Annual Meeting in sunny southern California.

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Saving for College... Gunner or Slacker?
Saving for College... Gunner or Slacker?
Richard J. Tosti, MD

It has been said that, "an optimist is a college student who opens up his/her wallet and expects to find money!" - Or perhaps that optimist had a parent who was a Gunner for education. Either way, as educational costs rise at an average of 6% per year, we can expect a significant chunk of our earnings to support the educational ambitions of our progeny. Here are a few tips up for discussion.

Pitfall 1: Be aware that, as a physician, you probably will not qualify for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA calculation for need-based aid computes that your "Expected Financial Contribution" is 30% of your annual income and 6% of non-retirement assets. Most likely, 30% of your annual income will be greater than the cost of attendance, which will disqualify you for need-based grants, scholarships, and possibly loans.

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AAHS Research Committee Members and How They Launched Their Research Careers

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.

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Therapist Corner: The Confidence Code
The ingredient therapists lack when discussing patient care with the surgeons.

Saba Kamal, OTR, CHT
Saba Kamal, OTR, CHT

What traits define a successful therapist in outpatient care? The essential elements that allows the therapist to be successful at their job includes knowledge of the anatomy, the injury, the pathology, the procedure performed and its precautions, and the ability to foresee the prognosis or its pitfalls based on the personality being treated.

Complicated cases require therapists to extra vigilant and have the ability to collaborate with surgeons for a successful outcome.

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Message from the Editor
Message from the Editor
John Fowler, MD

The 2018 AAHS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona was a great success. Attendees were treated to outstanding instructional course lectures and panel discussions on a wide range of topics in hand and upper extremity surgery. I am already looking forward to the 2019 meeting in Palm Desert, California.

This issue of the AAHS Newsletter contains a number of new features designed to bring additional information about the AAHS to our members and to highlight the different committees and groups within the AAHS. The AAHS research committee will have a regular feature introducing the committee members and their personal journeys getting started in research. Rick Tosti, MD has provided an excellent article on saving for college. Saba Kamal, CHT defines the traits necessary to be a successful therapist in the outpatient setting. Our president, Brian Adams, nicely summarizes the current agenda for the AAHS.

There continues to be numerous opportunities within the AAHS to serve on committees and participate in educational opportunities. I hope that you find this issues of the Newsletter informative and enjoyable to read.

AAHS/AAOS/ASHT Webinar: Management of Peripheral Nerve Gaps
American Association for Hand Surgery American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American Society of Hand Therapists

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
8:15 PM ET / 7:15 PM CT / 5:15 PM Pacific
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The latest issue of HAND is now available online
View the Table of Contents for HAND Volume 13, Issue 3

Rajani Sharma's 2017 Ghana Mission Report

I had volunteered in KATH-Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana in 2016 as an Occupational/hand therapist. That trip gave me an appreciation of the enthusiasm and interest that local health care providers showed to learn and collaborate with volunteers to treat patients with hand injuries. It also made me realize the lack of resources in the hand therapy department in terms of treatment equipment and furniture. The potential to improve care to its patients with hand and UE injuries seemed enormous. I was delighted to receive a AAHS scholarship that enabled me to return to Ghana in October of 2017.

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Award and Funding Opportunities!

Humanitarian Award
Lean & Green Award
2019 International Reverse Fellowship
2020 Miguel Vargas International Hand Therapy Teaching Award

Application and nomination deadlines for all awards and grants is June 1, 2018. Visit www.handsurgery.org for more information.

We welcome the submission of your abstract for the 2019 AAHS Annual Meeting. Please visit the abstract submission site for instructions and details. The 2019 AAHS Annual Meetings will be held in Palm Desert, California, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs, January 30 - February 2, 2019.
Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CDT

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