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November 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 10

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The Leading Edge

A unified approach to patient care

I am still riding the wave of excitement and energy that accompanied our recent Annual Meeting in New Orleans, starting with an unforgettable Welcome Ceremony and President’s Reception, led by Albert L. Merati, MD, Immediate Past President.

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The Annual Meeting and beyond

I recently attended my 38th Annual Meeting of the AAO-HNSF. There was a great deal of energy and excitement at our meeting in New Orleans as well as the specialty society meetings taking place in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. It was encouraging to see the collaboration and camaraderie displayed across the breadth of attendees as they interacted in the hallways, throughout the lectures, and at the recreational activities.

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At The Forefront

FDA grants first-ever modified risk orders to eight smokeless tobacco products

Even as citizens of the United States deal with previously unrecognized significant dangers related to vaping of many substances and aggressive marketing of Juul-type products, the FDA, on October 22, 2019, for the first time authorized the marketing of products through the modified risk of tobacco product (MRTP) pathway outlined in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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Senator talks surprise billing

The AAO-HNS was pleased to host U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) as the guest speaker at an Advocacy Breakfast during the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience on September 16 in New Orleans. Dr. Cassidy, the state’s senior senator, has been a strong ally for the physician community and a bold leader on healthcare issues impacting the house of medicine.

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Call for 2020 AAO-HNS election nominees

The Nominating Committee is calling for recommendations for individuals to be considered for an AAO-HNS elective office. To qualify, an Academy member must be in good standing, have proven leadership qualities, be active in the Academy, be familiar with the strategic direction of the Academy, and be able to dedicate the necessary time to serve.

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The trainee’s quick guide to AAO-HNS/F funding

The freshly minted ENT intern with the unharmed pager, mired in the concerns of how to replete potassium, spray a nose, or even look at a temporal bone, may be joyfully aloof to Academy funding opportunities. And as the responsibilities accumulate with increasing PGY years, Academy awards can turn out to be an enormous missed opportunity.

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Pathway to leadership: Apply today!

Apply to become an AAO-HNS/F committee member, and let your voice be heard! The 2020-2021 application cycle is now open and will close on January 1. All committee applicants should be in good standing with the Academy and must be a fellow, member, resident member, scientific fellow, international fellow, or international member of the Academy to be eligible to serve as a committee member.

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OTOSource Comprehensive Otolaryngology Curriculum

With OTOSource.org now completed, residents, program directors, faculty members, and practicing otolaryngologists can use this free, comprehensive online study guide while seamlessly accessing topical education activities in AcademyU or the Otolaryngology Specialty Society.

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Don’t miss the latest podcast from OTO Journal

Rethinking Malignancy Risk in Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules with Positive Molecular Studies: Southern California Permanente Experience

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International visiting scholarship report: Meet Professor Titus Sunday Ibekwe, MBBS, FWACS

I am Titus Sunday Ibekwe, MBBS, FWACS, Professor and Head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) at the University of Abuja and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. I most recently served as Vice Chair to the International Advisory Board of the AAO-HNSF. My interest in otorhinolaryngology was partly circumstantial and also out of admiration for ORL.

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AAO-HNSF Future of Education

Richard V. Smith, MD, outgoing Coordinator for Education, and Jeffrey P. Simons, MD, incoming Coordinator for Education, share their vision for the future of the AAO-HNSF offerings in this interview captured at the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in New Orleans, LA.

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Humanitarian Grant: From simulations to real patients: Humanitarian work in Vietnam

Sarah E. Hodge, MD, traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, to work and learn at the National ENT Hospital, which is the largest referral center in the northern half of Vietnam. Hodge worked alongside other otolaryngologists from the United States and Vietnam as well as the Resource Exchange International – Vietnam, an international not-for-profit organization that has been working in Vietnam since 1992.

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Features

Annual Meeting Webcasts

Did you attend #OTOMTG19 as a “Full Conference” registrant? If so, your education opportunities didn’t end when you departed New Orleans, LA. With your registration, you receive unlimited access to all 2019 recorded education sessions through AcademyU for three years.

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#OTOMTG19: Where Experts and Science Converged in New Orleans

There was a global connection of the specialty, unified by expert presenters and the latest research, covering 11 specialty areas via 10 groundbreaking education program formats. There was more than an acre and a half of vendors with emerging technologies, devices, and resources for patient care. There were networking opportunities that provided camaraderie and connection.

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Five more questions to ask your administrator

You can’t be everywhere in your practice at once. Therefore, you need to rely on your administrator to run your business. You can stay apprised by asking them some standard questions. We started with five questions a few months ago, and here are five more.

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Q&A with the ASPO leadership

What are the most pressing issues facing pediatric otolaryngology, both domestically and globally?

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Building a world of expert peer reviewers: Resident Reviewer Development Program

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery invites residents to apply to enroll in the Resident Reviewer Development Program. The Resident Reviewer Development Program pairs qualified residents with seasoned peer reviewers to foster the growth and development of the next generation of otolaryngology peer reviewers.

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Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, MBA: 5-time AAO-HNS Distinguished Service Award Recipient

A special congratulations goes to Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, MBA, for being the only five-time recipient of the AAO-HNS Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in Academy history.

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New Opportunity: Earn ABOHNS Continuing Certification credit with accredited CME

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) have collaborated to expand opportunities for ABOHNS Board-Certified Physicians to receive Continuing Certification (formerly known as Maintenance of Certification or MOC) credit for the high-quality accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities you are already participating in—including many of the activities offered by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF).

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Recognizing 36-, 35- and 34- year members

In August, the Academy launched a program to celebrate our new lifetime and 30-year members. Since then and over the next several months, we will recognize those with over 30 years of membership. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank the following physicians for 36, 35 and 34 years of continuous membership and their invaluable contributions to the Academy and our specialty.

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SPONSORED CONTENT FROM AAO-HNS ACADEMY ADVANTAGE PARTNER: The American Institute of Balance: Become an AIB Center of Specialty Care: Turn good medicine into good business

Patients with complaints of dizziness, vertigo, and fall risk are increasingly seeking care from otolaryngologists. Most of these patients, however, are not candidates for surgical management. This offers a wealth of opportunities to expand and increase nonsurgical, office-based ancillary services, enhance patient care, and generate new revenue sources. Office-based vestibular balance diagnostic services can easily and affordably be operated successfully within small to large ENT group practices.

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