FESSH HAND OUT
Information Letter on Hand Surgery in Europe
Welcome to the 5th issue of FESSH HAND OUT, a bimonthly information letter for hand surgeons.
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Let’s meet the Corporate Partners of FESSH
FESSH has always been active in the field of teaching and training and now is expanding these activities with new projects that should further enhance its central role in propagating hand surgical knowledge in Europe.
New educational activities have been developed and are implemented. Also online the offer of knowledge is expanding with e-books, streaming of lectures and online self-assessment.
Together with the Young European Hand Surgeons (YEHS) new courses will be organised to meet the need of our future generations.
To better achieve these goals, FESSH wishes to intensify the collaboration with her partners through connecting members with key suppliers and innovators. Hence, the Corporate Partnership Programme was developed with different levels of participation and contribution.
FESSH Corporate Partners in 2018 are:
Premium Partner – Medartis
Business Partners – AxoGen, Polyganics, DePuy Synthes
Standard Partner – KLS Martin Group
Detailed information with the complete brochure is available at the FESSH website at
European Board of Hand Surgery (EBHS) of UEMS
The European Board of Hand Surgery (EBHS) formed by the UEMS Multiple Joint Committee on Hand Surgery and FESSH was initiated in 2010 and endorsed by the UEMS Council in Prague, October 9, 2010. UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes – European Union of Medical Specialists) is the largest European Medical Organization (EMO) with membership comprised of 35 national medical associations (NMAs).
UEMS structures are: UEMS Specialist Sections, Divisions, Multiple Joint Committees (MJCs), European Boards. EBHS is one of the European Boards within UEMS.
European Boards are to be considered as the platform for co-operation between UEMS Sections and MJCs with Scientific Societies. Every Section/MJC has the right to create its own Board to address scientific and training interests. This working group must primarily work on European recommendations for specialist training, development of set of competences, assessment of competence, etc. The aim of European Boards is therefore to guarantee the highest standards of care and training in the field of knowledge of the Sections or MJCs in the countries of the European Union. European Boards are charged with the organization of European Examinations in the fields of their particular competence like EBHS Exam in Hand Surgery.
(by Massimo Ceruso)
The Relationship Committee of FESSH is your permanent connection with the other scientific societies in Europe, such as EFORT (orthopedic) and ESPRAS (plastic), where we support the recognition of our specialty and coordinate further training and education in hand surgery.
The chair of the Relationship Committee is Frederik Verstreken. Aurelio Portincasa, Radek Kebrle, Nicole Schmelzer-Schmied and Alex Lluch contribute as committee members.
Hand Trauma Centres in Europe
The goals of the Hand Trauma Committee are to collect data from the trauma centres dealing with hand surgery, to analyse the differences and similarities between the different European countries and to define guidelines accepted throughout Europe. In order to build a real European cooperation through this project, it was decided to include two “national representatives” for each FESSH country. Nomination of these two national representatives is under the responsibility of the boards of each national Hand Surgery Society.
Please remember from 2019 only centres with at least one hand surgeon with EBHS diploma can be accredited by FESSH.
The chair of the HTC Committee is Pierluigi Tos (Italy). The Hand Trauma Committee includes two sub-committees: The Accreditation Sub-committee and the Prevention Sub-committee.
Members of the Accreditation Committee are Igor Golubev (Russia) – Zoe Dailiana (Greece) – Peter Houpt (Netherland) – Ruth Lester (United Kingdom) – Marcos Sanmartín Fernandez (Spain) – Piotr Czarnecki (Poland)
Prevention Sub-committee consists of the chair, Martin Leixnering (Austria) and the members, Tufan Kaleli (Turkey) and Anna de Leo (UK).
The FESSH Travel Award is for surgeons, both in training and established, to visit another Hand Centre in Europe with the purpose of furthering their knowledge of Hand Surgery.
Online application opens 1 July 2018
Online Self-Assessment for up-dated knowledge in hand surgery
More information and application