IFSSH

International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand

IFSSH Educational Sponsorship Recipient Reports

2019 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

2nd International Symposium on Surgery of the Spastic Upper Limb, Venice

Following the successful meeting in 2017, the organisers proposed a second course to be held in Venice, April 5th - 6th 2019. Recognising the extent of international participation in the first symposium and the relevance of the specialty topic, the IFSSH provided US $7500 with a portion of this to be allocated to reducing registration costs for participants from developing nations.

251 participants from 38 countries attended this meeting, learning from 48 faculty members from 15 countries. The IFSSH support allowed the organisers to afford a congress facility to accommodate this increased participation, to waive the registration fees of the faculty and support three speakers and, as requested, to sponsor the registration of six participants from low income countries.

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APFSSH Congress, Melbourne, 2020: Developing Country Registration Grant

The Asian-Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand will conduct the 2020 meeting in Melbourne, Australia - March 11-14, 2020. The congress has established a scheme for fee-paying registrants to donate to a programme that will reduce registration rates for those from developing countries. Dr Tony Berger approached the IFSSH for additional funding to sponsor such registrants to attend. The IFSSH has approved a grant of US$10,000 to be allocated to this programme. Dr Berger will provide a report in 2020.

2019 - SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIP: TRIENNIAL CONGRESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

IFSSH Triennial Congress Assistance Grants: Berlin Congress

IFSSH funds (up to US$20,000) are available to the local congress host to select/award registration support to triennial congress attendees. The German organisers undertook this process and advised that 18 registrations were sponsored. These surgeons, at various stages in their training and careers, came from Kazakhstan, Romania, India, Russia, USA, Nepal, Philippines, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and Egypt. This support reached US$20,000 in total and will be reimbursed to the local organisers by the IFSSH.

2018 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

Esser Master Class Series and Educational Platform, Rotterdam (Dr M Zuidam)

The Esser group requested funding to assist with their aim to increase their course series from two to four per year and also prepare an educational platform to allow access to a greater audience than those who could attend in person. The IFSSH provided US$10,000, requesting provisions be made to provide decreased/gratis registration rates for those from developing nations Dr Mohamed Adbelrahman from Khartoum, Sudan, attended the May 2018 course with this IFSSH support.

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International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) - Adult Hand and Wrist Set

This project aims to develop a core set of outcome measures that can be applied in clinical practice and research across adult hand and wrist conditions/injuries. On behalf of the ICHOM Adult Hand and Wrist Set project, Dr Steven Hovius approached the IFSSH for endorsement and possible financial assistance. The IFSSH was in agreement that the principle of a standardised set of resources ispreferable to the current circumstance presented in journals and to health care administrators/governments; and if this work is tobe undertaken, an influential body with reach, such as the IFSSH, should encourage all societies/surgeons to make use of the core sets that will be developed. The more people that use the system,the more accepted it will become. The IFSSH provided US$10,000 to assist with expenses incurred throughout the project.

June 2019 update: The ICHOM Adult Hand Set has received funding from a number of groups and continues to work on the development of an outcome set for adult hand conditions.

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Fellowship Assistance – Dr Abdelrahman, Sudan

Dr Abdelraham approached the IFSSH for support to undertake a fellowship, to assist in improving Sudan’s hand surgery services. He wished to do this in China. At the time of his approach (June 2017), neither Sudan nor China were IFSSH members. However, at the 2017 Delegates’ Council Meeting the “Association of Chinese-Speaking Hand Surgeons United” joined the IFSSH. With this group sponsoring Dr Abdelrahman’s application, in April 2018 the IFSSH CES/ExCo granted US$10,900 to go towards supporting travel, housing and living expenses during the fellowship period, as well as towards the purchase of loupes (as per the application). Dr Abdelrahman undertook the Hand & Microsurgery Fellowship at the Department of Hand and Foot Surgery, Provincial Hospital of Shandong University, China in 2018/19 and reported on his experiences.

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IFSHT Triennial Grants

The IFSSH provided US$9600 to continue its triennial support of three IFSHT educational programmes: IFSSH/IFSHT Triennial Travel Grant; Evelyn Mackin Triennial Award; IFSHT/IFSSH International Teaching Grant.

With additional funding from within the IFSHT, 18 therapists were partially supported to attend the 2019 Berlin triennial congress under the IFSSH/IFSHT Triennial Travel Grant and a further four were fully supported to attend under the Evelyn Mackin Triennial Award. The IFSHT/IFSSH International Teaching Grant funds allowed four therapists to undertake teaching in Malawi, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.

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2017 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

International Symposium on Surgery of the Spastic Upper Limb, Paris (Dr C Leclercq)

Dr CarolineLeclercq, the organiser of this inaugural International Symposium on Surgery of the Spastic Upper Limb (Paris, March 10-11 2017), requested financial assistance to allow for a full programme and international faculty. The IFSSH provided US$6000 to cover the predicted budget shortfall and final expenses.

180 people from 48 different countries attended the meeting. The IFSSH funding assisted 10 registrants and the faculty with gratis registrations, and 5 registrants with their lodging costs. This symposium on the specialty topic provided educational opportunities not offered elsewhere in this format. A report was published in the November 2017 ezine - ISSUE 28: November 2017

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2016 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

IFSHT Triennial Grants

The IFSHT received a further set of triennial grants from the IFSSH, to the value of US$9500 to support three components - International Hand Therapy Teaching Awards - $1500; Evelyn Mackin Triennial Award - $3000; and IFSHT-IFSSH Triennial Congress Travel Grants - $5000.

A report was published in the November 2017 ezine - ISSUE 28: November 2017

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2016 - SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIP : TRIENNIAL CONGRESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

IFSSH Triennial Congress Assistance Grants : Buenos Aires Congress

IFSSH funds (up to US$20,000) are available to the local congress host to select/award registration support to triennial congress attendees. The Buenos Aires organisers undertook this process and distributed the US$20,000 amongst the registration of a number of participants from disadvantaged circumstances.

2015 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

Nil Awarded

2015 - SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIP: REGIONAL EDUCATION COURSES

South Asian Regional Education Course (India, Dr R Sabapathy)

Dr Sabapathy proposed a 3 day South Asian Regional Education Course aimed at reviewing current trends in the management of common hand conditions, to be held 3-5 July 2015 in Coimbatore, India. The IFSSH provided US$20,000 in sponsorship to assist with the travel expenses of faculty (international) which would therefore minimise registration costs for participants.

The South Asian Regional Course attracted 293 delegates from 18 countries and consisted of a scientific programme of lectures and live surgeries presented by international and local faculty. A report was published in the ezine (August 2015) - ISSUE 19: August 2015

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Eastern European Regional Educational Course (Hungary, Dr Z Szabo)

Following the successful 2013 Eastern European course, the IFSSH Arthritis Committee, led by Dr Kevin Chung and Dr Daniel Herren, submitted a proposal for a further regional course on the topic of “Hand Reconstruction in Trauma and Rheumatoid Arthritis”. To make this accessible to Eastern European registrants, it was proposed that this again be held in Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary. US$15,000 was provided by the IFSSH, to complement sponsorship from FESSH, ERASS and the trade.

90 participants from 14 countries attended the course, held September 3-5, 2015. 40 of these participants received the course, hotel, meals, etc, for free because of the funding from FESSH, IFSSH and industry (Eastern European societies were asked to nominate candidates for these positions - the organisers hope this will encourage increased participation in IFSSH/FESSH). Zsolt Szabo also presented the results of an exit questionnaire showing the satisfaction of participants and encouragement for a future course (wrist instability being the most requested topic). A report was published in the February 2016 ezine - ISSUE 21: Febuary 2016

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2014 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

Outreach Programme in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Prof G Gumley, Australia

This application was submitted by the Australian Hand Surgery Society and detailed a well-established hand surgery mission (including teaching, training, patient care) to Phnom Penh, organised by Dr Graham Gumley (Australia) and comprising Australian and American hand surgeons and therapists. On the recommendation of the CES, the IFSSH ExCo has agreed to support this year’s programme with US$19,350 to cover the budget short-fall. The programme was undertaken August 7th - 16th and a full report provided.

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2013 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

Travelling Fellowship Bursary – Dr Piotr Czarnecki, Poland

Dr Czarnecki wrote to the IFSSH ExCo detailing that he had received acceptance on to the ASSH traveling fellowship programme after recommendation by the Polish Society for Surgery of the Hand. This provided registration to the ASSH meeting, but he wished to apply for funding to allow a trip of 6 weeks duration (Sept 16 – Oct 18, 2013) to attend four hand surgery centres in the US at the same time. The IFSSH CES and ExCo approved a grant of US$2,000 to assist Dr Czarnecki with his observership travels. His report was published in the February 2014 ezine - ISSUE 13: February 2014

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2013 - SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIP : TRIENNIAL CONGRESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

IFSSH Triennial Congress Assistance Grants : Delhi Congress

IFSSH funds (up to US$20,000) are available to the local congress host to select/award registration support to triennial congress attendees. The Indian organisers undertook this process and advised that 18 registrations were sponsored. US$13,050 in total ("For all the IFSSH sponsored candidates we accepted trainee status registration fees only, so that more delegates could come") was reimbursed to the local organisers by the IFSSH.

2012 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

American Association for Hand Surgery - Mongolia Project

The AAHS, through the work of Prof Schenck, requested financial support from the IFSSH to assist with bringing three Mongolian national hand surgeons from the National Trauma Hospital in Ulaanbator to Florida to attend the AAHS ASM and American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery ASM in January 2013. The surgeons will also attend the Mayo Clinic and Northwestern University Medical Centre during their trip, attending a three day microsurgery training course and observing hand surgery cases. The AAHS explained that Mongolia offers few resources and no training to these hand surgeons. The American societies will donate funding, and the Mayo Clinic will donate the cost of the teaching course, to make this trip possible. A translator will accompany the surgeons. The Committee for Educational Sponsorship recommended, with the ExCo’s approval, to support the project to a level of US$12,000 (one third of total budget).

A letter to the Editor from Prof Schenck, acknowledging the IFSSH grant, was placed in the 2012 November ezine - ISSUE 8: November 2012

A final report was submitted by Prof Schenck, detailing that the participation was reduced to two surgeons who successfully attended all components.

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IFSHT Triennial Grants

The IFSHT applied for assistance with three of their ongoing grant systems:

  • International Hand Therapy Teaching Awards
  • Evelyn Mackin Triennial Award
  • IFSHT Triennial Congress Travel Grants (for the 2013 IFSSH-IFSHT Congress, Delhi)

With the ExCo/Delegates’ Council approval, the CES finalised the awards by providing the full US$9000 requested, but asked that the IFSHT distribute this as $4500 to the International Hand Therapy Teaching Awards and $4500 to the IFSHT Triennial Congress Travel Grants(with a request that the names of the awards should include the IFSSH, given their equal financial contribution with the IFSHT). These awards potentially support the education of a large number of therapists, whereas the IFSHT could maintain their own support of the Evelyn Mackin Triennial Award and honour one therapist with this. The report was included in the February 2014 Secretary-General’s newsletter - ISSUE 13: February 2014

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2012 - SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIP : REGIONAL EDUCATION COURSES

Eastern European Regional Educational Course (Hungary, Dr Zsolt Szabo)

A proposal to support education in the form of regional courses was discussed and approved by the IFSSH Executive Committee and Delegates’ Council in 2011 and recommendations of the appropriate structure and format were placed into the CES guidelines.

Zsolt Szabo organised the 2012 Eastern European Regional Course (Hajduszoboszlo, Eastern Hungary, 14-16 September) and requested the available US$20,000 from the IFSSH. This was used to provide gratis registrations for a number of participants across Eastern European societies, each nominated by their society.

A report was provided to the 2013 Delegates’ Council Meeting: “The IFSSH introduced provided a $20,000 grant to assist with the Eastern European Regional Hand Surgery Course. This was a three day course with 130 participants (48 participants from 14 Eastern European countries received gratis registration, accommodation and meals; full registration was set at 300 euros) and 12 faculty presenting lectures and cadaveric demonstrations. The original intent was for 60 participants, but demand was much higher than anticipated. The location of Hungary was chosen for its proximity to many Eastern European countries, assisting registrants to travel to the course for minimal expense. The gratis registrants were chosen by their national societies. There was positive feedback, including requests for similar courses in the future. The US$20,000 sponsorship from the IFSSH is not enough alone to fund the course, but it is important and substantial. In combination with FESSH and trade support it is possible to run the course to optimal levels and provide teaching for underprivileged participants/nations. The Executive Committee has recommended that this programme should be continued. As the IFSSH grant provides one quarter of the required income for the Hungary model, other income methods should be considered from Hand Surgery Federations, societies and trade."

A report was placed in the November 2012 ezine: ISSUE 8: November 2012

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2011 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

Baragwanath Hand Fellowship (application from Prof J Fleming, South Africa)

A third request was forwarded by Prof Fleming and another US$15,000 provided by the IFSSH for this much-appreciated Hand Surgery Fellowship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, South Africa - this time undertaken by Dr Majid Sabeti (Al Dhaid Hospital, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates).

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2010 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

IFSHT Triennial Congress Therapist Attendance Sponsorship

The IFSSH granted US$2850 to the IFSHT to sponsor the attendance of two therapists at the triennial IFSHT Congress (in Orlando, USA; not combined with Seoul IFSSH Congress). After receiving this approval, the IFSHT increased the number of sponsorships by adding IFSHT funds and providing partial support for a greater number of registrants instead.

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2010 - SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIP : TRIENNIAL CONGRESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

IFSSH Triennial Congress Assistance Grants : Seoul Congress

IFSSH funds (up to US$20,000) are available to the local congress host to select/award registration support to triennial congress attendees. The Korean organisers undertook this process and advised that 13 disadvantaged registrants from "low" or "low-middle" countries had been selected: James W.M. Kigera, Uganda; Subbiah Venkatesh Babu, India; Mateev Myrzabek, Kyrgyzstan; Nelson Lim, Philippines; Abu Saleh Mohammed Monirul Alam, Bangladesh; Meena Permthai, Thailand; Terrence Jose Jerome, India; M. Darwesh Al Mustafa, Syria; Ahmed Atiyya, Egypt; Mohammad Monjurul Karim, Bangladesh; Roksana Hoque, Bangladesh; Vineet Dabas, India; Khin Maung Myint, Myanmar. US$9,100 was reimbursed to the organising committee to cover these 13 gratis registrations.

2009 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

Nil Awarded

2008 - GENERAL SPONSORSHIP

Baragwanath Hand Fellowship (application from Prof J Fleming, South Africa)

US$15,000 was provided to Prof Fleming for Dr Philemon Owino Oduor (Orthopedic Surgeon, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya) to undertake a hand surgery fellowship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, South Africa.

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PRE - 2008 EDUCATIONAL SPONSORSHIP

Baragwanath Hand Fellowship, 2004

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"Making a Thumb: The Story of Pollicization" DVD - Marybeth Ezaki and Peter Carter, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, USA

IFSSH Terminology for Hand Surgery book

Compiled by the IFSSH Committee on Standardization of Nomenclature, initially in 1970 then revised in 1983 and 1985, this publication describes the anatomy and functions of the hand in Latin, English, French, German and Spanish. The booklet is available for download from the IFSSH website - Click to view

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