The mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is to advance the science and practice of hand and upper extremity surgery through education, research and outreach.
The ASSH will be recognized as the most reliable and authoritative source of information on all aspects of hand and upper extremity disorders for all audiences - surgeons, allied health professionals, government, business and industry, patients and the general public. The Society will use this ever-expanding role and recognition to ensure the success of its members and to continuously improve the quality of care for all patients.
The Society's reputation for excellence is its most highly valued asset. It will seek to maintain that reputation in the selective nature of its membership, the integrity of its policies and positions, and in the quality of its products and services.
- The ASSH will be the most respected voice for hand and upper extremity surgery.
- The ASSH will significantly improve the quality of care for patients with hand and upper extremity disorders.
- The ASSH will be the pre-eminent source of high-quality education and information in hand and upper extremity surgery.
- The ASSH will help hand surgeons practice successfully in the rapidly changing medical practice environment.
- The ASSH will develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations interested in hand and upper extremity surgery.
- The ASSH will foster basic research and outcomes research in hand and upper extremity surgery.
- The ASSH will cultivate an enthusiastic, involved membership.
- The ASSH will be a well-run, fiscally sound organization.
- The ASSH will use principles of knowledge-based strategic governance to encourage flexibility, timeliness, innovation and the appropriate partnership between volunteer leaders and full-time staff.
- The ASSH will maintain its traditional strategic focus on surgery of the hand, wrist and forearm while encouraging and supporting each member's individual pursuit of expertise in other areas of upper extremity surgery.
- The ASSH will encourage diversity and cultural awareness among its members and leaders in order to be responsive to the needs of its patients.
Last revised by ASSH Council September 2006.
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