Precourses

Click a title to learn more about each of these additional fee education programs.  CME credits are available and registration is required.  

Schedule of Precourses and Postcourse
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The Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery is specifically geared toward hand surgery fellows and residents in orthopaedic, plastic and general surgery.  The day includes lively debates by our faculty about areas of controversy within hand surgery,  information pertaining to the types of clinical practices ranging from academic to private practice, a quiz for residents and fellows and a scientific program where residents and fellows can present their research.
This course is an update on the latest advances in common pediatric upper extremity conditions.  The format will be primarily case presentations and discussions with audience participation encouraged.  Topics will include syndactyly, symbrachydactyly, thumb hypoplasia, Madelung deformity and multiple hereditary exostosis (MHE).  The course will conclude with best techniques, tips and tricks, salvage options and “gotcha” cases that would be most useful to the upper extremity surgeon taking care of children.
This session teases out the key points and risk areas of the “external forces,” and others, and delivers practical solutions for addressing them as part of your compliant coding practices. We’ll review the E/M service risks being targeted by the OIG, and review the essential elements of ICD-10 preparedness and implementation to help you identify whether your practice is on track, based on best practice standards. You’ll leave with a prioritized checklist and the ASSH handout of ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis codes.
This hands-on course is designed for upper extremity surgeons with interest in performing their own soft tissue coverage.  Following a review of pertinent surgical vascular anatomy of the upper extremity, this course will focus on non-microsurgical options for hand and elbow coverage.   Flaps covered will include: pedicled radial forearm, ulnar artery perforator, posterior interosseous artery and pedicled flexor carpi ulnaris muscle.   Participants will have the opportunity to watch live demonstrations from invited faculty, practice demonstrated techniques on cadavers and consult faculty on other flaps not specifically covered in the syllabus.
This precourse will describe the surgical indications and demonstrate the common surgical techniques used for treatment of upper extremity spasticity in children and adults.  Treatment of muscle contractures, joint contractures and muscle imbalance due to spasticity and weakness will be reviewed.  Muscle lengthenings, tendon transfers, and skeletal stabilization surgeries will be discussed and demonstrated for the elbow, forearm, wrist, and thumb.
Scapholunate ligament injury is one of the most commonly seen and difficult to treat pathologies in the wrist.  This precourse is a comprehensive and up-to-date examination on the topic of scapholunate ligamentous injuries, from anatomy/ biomechanics/ natural history to some of the most commonly used and less commonly used surgical treatment techniques for this problem.  Salvage options for this problem will also be addressed.  Many of the original authors who contributed to this body of knowledge will be speaking on their topics.
The course will provide the attendee with understanding and experience performing soft tissue coverage for lower extremity soft tissue wounds using pedicle and perforate flaps without the need for microsurgery.
In the face of changes and challenges, every fee for service hand surgeon needs to know what strategic options they have to remain independent, to survive during the transition to PHM arrangements and to succeed in the more integrated systems of the future.  Information is power, and being pro-active will help shape our own futures.

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