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Educational Overview
The American Association for Hand Surgery Annual Meeting brings together health care professionals from North America and abroad for a three-day continuing education program featuring the best evidence of the practice of hand and upper extremity health care. The program is multifaceted and includes 30 instructional courses, numerous panel discussions and case-based programs, and free papers selected by a panel of experts. The learner will gain insight into both common and complex problems of the upper extremity, understand indications for surgery, therapy, outcomes of each, and potential complications of intervention.

Intended Audience
The program is intended for health care professionals involved in the assessment and management of a wide variety of common and complex conditions of the hand and upper limb.

Learning Objectives
Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Develop relationships and mentoring that lead to successful hand research and contributions to better patient outcomes.
  • Understand the new landscape of medicine leading to better patient care through the use of social media, the internet and understating new reimbursement models.
  • Discuss clinical and basic scientific research on hand and upper extremity problems.
  • Integrate principles of hand therapy with surgical management of hand and upper extremity problems.
  • Evaluate surgical and nonsurgical principles of managing common hand and upper extremity problems.
  • Compare the intellectual discourses through an integrated program with the related surgical societies (ASRM and ASPN) and resolve conflicts.
  • Implement enhanced management of fractures, arthritis and congenital problems.
  • Compare clinical and nonclinical hand therapy issues for a variety of hand problems and fractures.

ABMS Core Competencies
This program will address the following ACGME/ABMS Competencies:

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Systems-Based Practice

Accreditation Information
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS). The ASPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AAHS Designation Statement
The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of XXX AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Patient Safety Credits
Of the XXX credits, XX have been designated as applicable towards patient safety.

Disclosure Policy
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) requires all faculty, authors, planners, reviewers, managers, staff, and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.


Joint Saturday Meeting

Educational Overview
This program provides an opportunity for surgeons, therapists, researchers, faculty and other healthcare professionals working in these complementary fields to share new discoveries and techniques. By learning from colleagues about cutting-edge technologies and patient-care options, participants will have a broader view of patient treatment and recovery.

Intended Audience
This educational activity is intended for healthcare professionals and researchers working in the fields of hand surgery, peripheral nerve and/or neural regeneration, and microneurovascular surgery and other complex reconstructions.

Learning Objectives
Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss clinical and basic science research.
  • Apply the high resolution MRI in imagining traumatic lesions, nerve tumors or with other pathological conditions.
  • Discuss nerve transfers as a potential option for treating spinal cord injuries.

ABMS Core Competencies
This program will address the following ACGME/ABMS Competencies:

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Systems-Based Practice

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS), the American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN), and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM). The ASPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Joint Day Designation Statement
The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of XX AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) requires all faculty, authors, planners, reviewers, managers, staff, and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.