ASES News - January 2019
Recognizing our Founders
Earlier this month the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons became 37 years old. On January 20, 1982, there was a meeting in the Iberville Room of the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. We’ll let Bob Cofield’s words explain further:
“After some discussion, particularly with recognized leaders in the field such as Drs. Neer and Rockwood, it was suggested that I might take the initiative of inquiring of others in North America the value of forming a subspecialty group. Correspondence about forming a society ensued. The response was enthusiastically positive, and a meeting was arranged at the time of the AAOS Meeting in New Orleans in January of 1982 to discuss this seemingly worthwhile opportunity. Slightly more than 20 surgeons were invited to the potential organizing meeting and 19 attended. I had the pleasure of introducing the concept. Melvin Post discussed a possible name of the organization. Allen Wilde reviewed the relationship of this organization to other professional organizations. Rick Matsen discussed membership issues, and Bob Samuelson presented the opportunities for scientific meetings. In preparation for the meeting, a draft of bylaws was formulated to clearly identify this society as a group to furnish leadership, to foster advances and enhance the study of shoulder and, perhaps, elbow surgery. The meetings would serve as a forum.
The group would be primarily an educational body but would also stimulate research, serve as a point of origin for individuals interested in pursuing this subspecialty and recognize, by membership, those who have contributed to the field. In the event that forming such a society was thought to be as good an idea as the correspondence indicated, a nominating committee was appointed, chaired by Rich Hawkins and including Bob Neviaser, Charles Rockwood, and Allen Wilde. The discussion continued in a very positive sense and a report by the nominating committee was received. This led to the election of Charles Neer as President and President Elect, Robert Cofield as Secretary/Treasurer, Rick Matsen as Chair of the Membership Committee, Rich Hawkins as continuing Chair of the Nominating Committee, and Allen Wilde as Chair of the Program Committee for an upcoming meeting to be held in November of 1982 in New York City, New York.” 1
      1. Cofield RH: Founding Initiatives. In American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons 25 th Anniversary, Ticker JB, ed.,    American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2007, pp. 11-12.
The 19 individuals present at the New Orleans meeting included Fred L. Allman, James Bateman, Louis Bigliani, Robert Cofield, Anthony F. DePalma, Frederick Ewald, Richard Hawkins, Frank Jobe, Frederick A. Matsen, III, Virgil May, Charles S. Neer, II, Robert J. Neviaser, Tom R. Norris, Melvin Post, Charles Rockwood, Robert L. Samilson, Russell Warren, Keith Watson, and Alan Wilde.
We will be including a Founders’ Recognition section during the Annual Meeting in New York October 16-19, 2019 to commemorate the original 26 members whose vision and leadership established our great subspecialty Society.
Venetian/Sands Expo, Room 3101
The ASES 2019 Specialty Day Meeting is taking place this coming March of 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you have not yet registered, and you are planning to attend, please see the  AAOS website  to register. Online registration will remain open until  Sunday, March 10th . If you do not register by that time, you can register onsite in Las Vegas starting on Monday, March 10th. If you plan to register for Specialty Day only (and not the AAOS meeting), you cannot do so until Friday, March 15th (onsite).
Below  is  a link to  the ASES  Specialty Day  P rogram schedule  developed  by program co-chairs, Joseph A. Abboud, MD, and Nikhil N. Verma, MD,  and  the 2019 Specialty Day Program Committee. Please plan to attend!

Joseph A. Abboud, MD
2019 Specialty Day Program Co-Chair
Nikhil N. Verma, MD
2019 Specialty Day Program Co-Chair
The Call for Abstracts is now live on the ASES website for the following meetings:
·          2019 Annual Meeting, October 16-19, 2019, New York, New York (Members Only)
·          2020 Open Meeting/Specialty Day, March 28, 2020, Orlando, Florida
There is one submission link for both of the above stated meetings. During the submission process, you will be given the option to select one or both meetings
Please Note: Annual Meeting submissions MUST have an ASES member as an author/co-author that will be available to present or the paper will not be considered for the Annual Meeting.
Before logging in to submit an abstract for the above stated meetings, please read these instructions:  ASES Abstract Submission Guidelines
You may use the following link for abstract submissions:  Call for Abstracts
(This submission link can also be found within the meeting pages on the ASES website.)
As an FYI: You may submit the same abstract to both meetings, should you choose to do so. However, should your abstract be selected, you will only be eligible to have your paper presented during one of the above stated meetings, not both. The program co-chairs will make the determination which meeting will be better suited for your abstract.
*** Please Note ***
The deadline date for all abstract submissions is Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 11:59pm CST.
Thank Y ou !
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JSES Open Access has been accepted for indexing with PubMed!
This is very exciting news which will allow researchers to find JSESOA articles for referencing purposes and will encourage more authors to publish in Open Access. We look forward to the continued success of this growing publication. Please take some time to visit and check out some of the recent JSESOA articles.
 ASES Fellows Symposium
Friday, June 21, 2019
San Diego Shoulder Institute
Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, California
The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons is partnering with the San Diego Shoulder Institute on a symposium for graduating Shoulder & Elbow and Sports Fellows. The ASES Fellows Symposium will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Annual San Diego Shoulder Institute (SDSI) in San Diego, CA. The symposium will feature short presentations by fellows who submit abstracts for consideration, and are accepted, culminating with the Robert H. Cofield, MD, and Richard J. Hawkins, MD, Awards.
2018 Fellow Attendee Testimonial
"This symposia represents an incredible opportunity for fellows to interact with the leaders around the world, engaging in discussions that are relevant today and will help to shape the future of shoulder surgery. This is the perfect launching point to engage the future leaders in shoulder surgery with the current ones. And this year, it definitely lived up to every possible expectation and more." – Eric R. Wagner, MD, 2018 Cofield Award Winner
The abstract submission page is now open. Please have your fellows submit their abstracts through the following link. 
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 31 st
SOS and OBERD Systems
Now Available to ASES Members
In Spring 2018 the ASES leadership carefully evaluated several data management web-based systems that would allow ASES members to collect and analyze patient reported outcome data as well as promote the use and improvement of PRO’s in clinical care.  After a thorough evaluation, the ASES leadership chose 2 systems: Surgical Outcomes System™ and OBERD

Each data management system brings a set of valuable benefits – members are invited to select the system that best addresses their practice needs. SOS if available free of charge while OBERD is being offered at a deeply discounted price. This is an excellent opportunity for our members and we hope that you will take full advantage of this benefit. To learn more about each system review the details below.

For more details you can visit our website .
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New ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment Program Launches
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) has launched a new Knowledge Assessment option as part of the ABOS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Diplomates will now have an option that they can take instead of the ABOS Computer-Based or Oral Recertification Examinations. The new Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment (ABOS WLA) Program will involve yearly review of Orthopaedic Knowledge Sources and open-book questions delivered to participating Diplomates’ computers. Diplomates may now begin reviewing and selecting Knowledge Sources for the 2019 inaugural administration of the ABOS WLA Program. They can access these Knowledge Sources from their ABOS WLA Portal by going to, logging in to their ABOS Dashboard, and clicking on the button “ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment Platform.”
ABOS Diplomates who plan to participate in the program in 2019 will need to select 15 of the 101 Knowledge Sources to study in-depth. They will then answer questions based on those 15 Knowledge Sources during the ABOS 2019 WLA assessment window (April 15 to May 20). The chosen Knowledge Sources will form the basis for 30 multiple-choice questions (two from each chosen source) that will be delivered to their personal computer during the assessment window.
More information about the ABOS WLA can be found on
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