President's Message - April 201404.14.2014
Dear Fellow ASES Members,
As I write this letter we are a month removed from the recent academy meeting in New Orleans. Much has transpired since my last letter and I’d like to share some of our organization’s recent accomplishments.
First, I’d like to congratulate our open program chairmen, Guido Mara and John Sperling for a wonderful program. This year’s specialty day represented a combination of podium presentations (culled from over 300 submitted abstracts), panel discussions and symposia, including a combined afternoon meeting with our AOSSM colleagues. The highlight of the day was unquestionably the talks given by Drs Morrey, Hawkins, Warren, Bigliani and Cofield on “What I’ve Learned Over 30 Years”. These champions of our organization each gave what will long be remembered as insightful, warm hearted recollections of their years in practice, and thoughtful reminders of why we are all proud members of ASES. Congratulations and thanks to those gentlemen for their many decades of service and contribution to our society.
Unfortunately specialty day was also the time we recognized the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Frank Jobe. Jim Tibone gave an eloquent speech recalling his many years working with Dr. Jobe, reminding us all of the many contributions this quiet, gentle visionary brought to our organization and the world of shoulder and elbow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Jobe family for their loss.
By unanimous vote the executive committee has decided to establish a visiting fellowship program with the Chinese Shoulder and Elbow Society. An organization only 15 years in existence, the CSES has a vibrant, active and forward thinking membership, keen on sharing ideas and being a part of the global shoulder/elbow experience. Their efforts, led by Prof. Jiang, M.D., a corresponding member of ASES, will be directed towards establishing a visiting fellowship to US sites with the future potential for an exchange program, much as we currently have with the SECEC. Additionally, I have asked the Exchange Fellowship Committee, chaired by Bill Levine and Pat St Pierre, to oversee ALL fellowship programs including the current SECEC, Korean and recently added Japanese programs. By providing this oversight of scheduling, site choices and travel through our home office, I hope to allow for a controlled, organized growth in the society’s fellowship endeavors while distributing the visitation amongst a larger population of home programs. Thanks to all of our members who have hosted our many visitors in the past.
Value Care Initiative
The Value Care Committee, under the direction of Drs. Morrey and Higgins has worked diligently to survey the membership regarding outcome metrics and will be proposing recommendations accordingly. The AAOS, having already introduced CPGs and AUCs, is working to complete the third and final leg of the Value Care Initiative; Performance Measures. The ASES anticipates being integral in recommending those measures by which we, and the academy, can more accurately define value in shoulder and elbow procedures. We have also started preliminary investigations into the potential benefits and applications of an ASES registry. Initial discussions have been led by Ron Navarro and J.P. Warner and, while these talks are in their infancy, such a registry combined with valid outcome measures could serve as an adjunct to performance assessment and treatment recommendations. It is my belief that our role as an organization is critical if we are to remain relevant in helping to shape this ever changing landscape of “value in medicine”.
Plans for the Biennial meeting are complete with a scheduled date of April 24-26 in sunny Orlando, a warm respite for those of us who have endured a cold winter. In an effort to generate even greater interest and attendance at this preeminent ASES/AAOS program, chairmen Xavier Duralde, Steve Burkhart and Jeff Abrams have put together a unique program of “how to” lectures, case discussions and live surgery. Additionally, at the executive committee’s urging, ASES has provided limited sponsorship to current ASES fellows to help defray costs and encourage their attendance at the meeting allowing for them to experience firsthand the amazing organization we all enjoy. If you are attending this program I’d ask you to welcome our young guests and share your enthusiasm for the society.
Also on the educational front, ASES has been asked to produce a second edition of the very popular Advanced Reconstruction: Shoulder. The first edition, a collaborative effort of the AAOS and ASES, edited by Joe Zuckerman, MD, was well received and the academy has chosen to reproduce those efforts. The second edition will be edited by Drs. Abrams, Tokish and Bell and will utilize a case based approach with emphasis on technical considerations incorporating the author’s pearls in the treatment of routine and complex shoulder problems. In addition, the second iteration of Advanced Reconstruction: Elbow is also in the works and will be edited by Scott Steinman, M.D. and David Ring, M.D. Many of you helped produce the original chapters of these texts and will likely be asked to participate once again to help create an even more appealing educational product from our society and one we can be proud of for years to come.
Remember to mark your calendars’ for the Closed Meeting at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, October 9-12, 2014. October is a wonderful time of the year in the Carolinas and I’m certain you will enjoy the warm southern hospitality and world class golf Pinehurst has to offer. Further information regarding activities, academic program and evening events will be forthcoming in the next month or so. Rest assured, the newly revamped Pinehurst #2 - this year’s host of both the men’s and women’s US Open - will be a memorable treat for our golfing members.
In closing, thanks to all of you who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes helping to push forward the many initiatives before our organization. Your willingness to answer the call is appreciated.
Robert Bell, M.D.