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CME Mission Statement and Disclaimer

CME MISSION


Purpose


The preeminent mission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH ) is to provide state-of-the-art continuing medical education in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery. The ASSH is dedicated to fulfillment of this mission through the following means:


  • Offering excellent educational programming enabling hand care professionals to provide superior medical care for the hand and upper extremity.

  • Enhancing the dissemination of current research knowledge, ensuring that hand care professionals have timely and relevant information available.

  • Facilitating a career-long continuum of medical education.

  • Fostering innovation in current medical education programs.

  • Being a resource and model for course directors and educators involved in ASSH educational activities.

  • Enhancing the value of care for hand and upper extremity problems by improving quality and patient safety.

Target Audience

ASSH perpetuates the CME mission through a multidisciplinary educational audience of regional, national and international participants, which include:
 

Primary Audience

    Practicing Hand Surgeons
 

Secondary Audience

  •     Basic scientists
  •     All members of the healthcare team
  •     Surgeons and basic scientists in training
  •     Hand therapists and physiatrists
  •     Industry

Content Areas

The scope of ASSH continuing medical education fosters activities in both
clinical and non-clinical environments encompassing:

  •     Basic and Clinical Sciences
  •     Practice Management
  •     Medical/Legal
  •     Quality and Patient Safety
  •     Scholarship
In addition, ASSH supports continuing medical education opportunities through joint and co-sponsorship with other respected and recognized medical organizations, which are consistent with ACCME Essentials and Standards.

Type of Activities

ASSH cultivates traditional CME and personal interaction with member and non-member hand surgeons, hand therapists, other physicians interested in specific problems related to hand and upper extremity surgery and scientists through the following learning modalities:

  •     Didactic Presentations and Seminars
  •     Symposia and Workshops
  •     Teleconferences and Webcasting
  •     Enduring Materials
  •     Self-Assessment Programs

Expected Results

The expected results of the ASSH Educational program are to provide hand surgeons and other health care professionals with educational programs that improve their current clinical knowledge and enhance patient care by improving competence, performance or patient outcomes. The goal of ASSH CME is to:

  • Integrate research knowledge into clinical practice and to facilitate career-long learning.
  • Measure the outcome of modified behavior. ASSH places a strong emphasis on the assessment of results and asks, “How will this educational program improve physician behavior?”
  • Identify and overcome barriers to physician change. Integrate CME into health care improvement initiatives and enhance the learning and change process of physicians.
  • Use evaluation tools (e.g., needs assessments, surveys, outcomes measurement, etc.) on selected courses before, during and following the program based on the scope of the educational activity and the specific needs of the learner.
  • Determine the effectiveness of programs designed to improve the attendees’ knowledge of best practices, competence, performance or patient outcomes.
  • Implement changes or improvements to enhance subsequent educational activities and the overall education mission.

Disclaimer

The material presented in this continuing medical education program is being made available by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the best or only methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situation discussed; rather the material is intended to present an approach, view, statement or opinion of the authors or presenters, which may be helpful, or of interest to other practitioners. The attendees agree to participate in this medical education program, sponsored by ASSH with full knowledge and awareness that they waive any claim they may have against ASSH for reliance on any information presented in this educational program. In addition, the attendees also waive any claim they have against the ASSH for injury or other damage that may result in any way from their participation in this program. All of the proceedings of the 69th Annual Meeting, including the presentation of scientific papers, are intended for limited publication only, and all property rights in the material presented, including common-law copyright, are expressly reserved to the speaker or the ASSH. No statement or presentation made is to be regarded as dedicated to the public domain. Any sound reproduction, transcript or other use of the material presented at this course without the permission of the speaker or the ASSH is prohibited to the full extent of common-law copyright in such material. The ASSH is not responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the meeting. Costs incurred by the registrant such as airline or hotel fees or penalties are the responsibility of the registrant. The approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is required for procedures and drugs that are considered experimental. Instrumentation systems discussed and/or demonstrated in or at ASSH educational programs may not yet have received FDA approval.




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