President's Message - November 201511.20.2015
The very successful 2015 ASES Closed Meeting at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, culminated an extraordinarily productive and successful William Mallon Presidency. 198 surgeons attended and 267 total with inclusion of family members.
Dean Sotereanos and John Sperling, the meeting chairmen, constructed a well-balanced and academically stimulating and entertaining program. With 41 free papers, 5 symposia, a point-counterpoint, and debates, the Closed Meeting provided expansive views of the accomplishments as well as challenges in the care of the shoulder and elbow. The session put together by Dr. Andrew Green on the issues facing the Periprosthetic Joint Infection Taskforce was another highlight of the meeting. Dr. Mallon’s International Guest Lecture was given by Dr. Frank Gohlke who presented the European Stemless Shoulder Arthroplasty experience. Bill Mallon’s presidential address was inspiring and upbeat regarding his life as well as positive view of our future.
Along with approval of 39 new Associate members, 15 members attaining Active status, 7 Corresponding members, and 2 Affiliate members, the membership approved the new Candidate Membership. This was a year-long effort by Bill Mallon to help expand our Society and was approved with a large majority! While some of the fine details are being worked out, this new membership will go far to help dispel the concern of the ASES being too restrictive and hard to join. It will provide enormous opportunities to surgeons who have a great interest in the shoulder and/ or elbow and who are contributing in their region and will hopefully to the ASES.
The Asheville Closed Meeting also featured very strong support from our industry sponsors and for the first time were provided and exhibit all with 9 companies able to display and interact with our members in a more informal format.
What to look forward to during my Presidency? Along with my colleagues Buddy Savoie, President-elect, and Anthony Romeo, Vice President, we will try to maintain the momentum from our predecessors to make the ASES a vibrant and inclusive organization.
The ASES will be bidding to hold the 2022 ICSES meeting in Boston May 16-20. With the help of the Boston Planning Resources, we have developed a comprehensive presentation and I will present this to the International Board of the Society May 17, 2016, at the next ICSES meeting in Jeju, Korea.
The 10thASES/AANA Biennial Shoulder and Elbow course will be held in Chicago September 15-17, 2016. This will be a special meeting due to the partnering with AANA which can expand the breadth of the scientific program to include cadaver lab experience in Rosemont, instructional surgical demonstrations from experts, receive live satellite delivered surgeries from other locations, and will also include a modern conference center at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Chicago. This ambitious program will be chaired by Drs. Brad Edwards and Guido Marra from the ASES and Drs. John Tokish and Kevin Plancher representing AANA. There will be a separate track for lectures for therapists and physician assistants. I encourage our ASES and ASSET members to put this on their calendars now.
October 6-10, 2016, will be the next ASES Closed Meeting to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Fairmont Copley Hotel. The meeting will be chaired by Drs. David Ring and Scott Steinmann and will feature a number of innovative educational formats with more information to come over the next 6 months. We will also have a one day “open meeting” featuring contemporary issues of the shoulder and elbow with videos and case discussions. The “open meeting” will be chaired by Drs. Mark Cohen and Graham King and be held on Thursday, October 6, 2015.
The ASES Foundation has now established a well-defined structure to its Board and is actively engaged in the “Secure the Future of Shoulder and Elbow Care”. The goals of the Foundation ultimately will be to:
- Expand educational activities at our courses and meetings.
- Develop webinars and other remote internet based educational programs.
- Increase our research grants and our awards which recognize the best research efforts.
- Create a virtual library of shoulder and elbow materials and expand our ASES “how to” technique videos.
- Support key initiatives such as our Value-based outcomes among others.
We are looking to develop a more formal integration with our industry partners given their very enthusiastic response at the 2015 Closed Meeting and the possibility of future interactions. While a work in progress, the ASES Industry Committee chaired by Drs. Hawkins and Ticker have been charged with developing a strategic approach.
As our colleagues in other specialty societies we face challenges in meeting many of the requirements coming from the new Value Based Health Care structures upon us. Our Value-based Shoulder Care Committee will be expanding its efforts to help our ASES membership understand as well as meet the issues of performance measures, patient rated outcomes, patient safety, etc. We will need to develop the necessary “core” outcome measures for Shoulder and Elbow Care, a bench marking process for individual performance against a national average, establish a data custodian for our members, and risk stratification and comparative effectiveness for our specialty to truly understand how our patients perform after our surgical interventions. We are looking to the best platform for data collection and storage as a necessary part of this for use by all members of the ASES.
We are also facing a reality that interest in pursuing a Shoulder Fellowship at the present time is at a low point as perceptions abound that job availability is limited. This is a challenge for the ASES and will be an important focus for our Fellowship Match Committee and society at large to address and hopefully change.
Every 3-5 years it is important for any organization to take stock in its current activities, what it represents and offers to its members, and develop strategies to plan for the future. I have asked the Chairmen of each ASES committee to evaluate with committee members their current activities, challenges, and to develop some ideas and strategies for the next 3-5 years. After much consideration, the ASES Presidential Line has decided to hire Jennifer Jones and Amy Sherwood from the AAOS Society Relations Department to help coordinate a formal strategic planning process over the next 6 months culminating with a face-to-face strategic meeting with several ASES stakeholders.
I would like to thank the Executive Committee of the ASES and all the members of this society for affording me this unique opportunity and responsibility to be your President. I assure you I will enthusiastically take counsel from any of you during this year.
Jesse B Jupiter, MD
Hansjoerg Wyss/AO Professor
Harvard Medical School
Visiting Professor Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Massachusetts General Hospital