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Hand Surgeons Take Ethics into Their Own Hands
Date:12/10/2009

. L. Andrew Koman, MD, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at Wake Forest, was also a key surgeon and president of the ASSH at the time the Corporate Advisory Council had its inaugural meeting.

ASSH's "10 Commandments" will be strictly adhered to by physicians and corporations.

These guidelines, shown below, are also part of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand's commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards while engaging in relationships with industry in support of hand and upper extremity research. Fred Fakharzadeh, MD, President of the AFSH, believes these "commandments" will help both industry leaders and surgeons have the kind of relationships that will ultimately benefit patients.

The 10 Commandments are as follows:

It is the belief of the leadership of the ASSH that a relationship between medical societies representing physicians and commercial corporations is necessary and beneficial for the future of medicine. It is essential for industry to consult with physicians for their medical expertise. It is necessary for the medical professionals to rely on industry to support education in order to stay abreast of the latest technology within their chosen field.

In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or perception that a physician's ability to independently make decisions regarding the care of the patient has been compromised, we will henceforth strictly adhere to these following guidelines ("our ten commandments"):

  1. Industry is strongly encouraged to support educational activities to increase knowledge and the skills necessary to improve patient care through the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).
  2. Industry is strongly encouraged to provide support for research through the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH). The subject and content of the research will be determined by the ASSH/AFSH. Corporations will not control the c
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