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December 2016/January 2017 - Vol. 35, No. 11

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The Leading Edge

Gender and strength

I know something of strong women. My wife of 33 years, Lorraine Randolph, is my guiding light, providing guidance and the blessings of our children, Greg Jr., Benjamin, and Madeline. When I am unsure, I ask Lorraine. Francis Randolph, my mother, now 93, single-handedly, in an alcoholic household, raised four children while teaching full-time.

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Navigating future reform

Our December/January Bulletin gives me a chance to look into the future, while reviewing the last year, to recognize key concerns affecting otolaryngology. Our Annual Report in this issue details the breadth and depth of our programs and business units designed to address Members’ needs.

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At The Forefront

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Spirited New Year’s resolutions

As we in the Northeast brace ourselves for yet another winter, replete with frigid temperatures and blustery snowfalls, we see the hopes and dreams of the new year, 2017, on the horizon.

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SAVE THE DATE
AAO-HNS/F 2017 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting

Mark your calendars to join leaders of the specialty for a rewarding weekend of networking, mentoring, and policy discussions.

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2017 and 2018 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience events

Join colleagues, otolaryngologists, medical experts, and health professionals from around the world in Chicago, IL, for the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, September 10-13, 2017.

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In memoriam

We recognize the passing of the following Members in 2016 (as of November 17).

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2017 Brandeis AAO-HNS-ACS Scholarship available

The Health Policy award is open to surgeons who are Members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS).

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Features

UPDATED CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE
Earwax (Cerumen Impaction)

Adapted from the January 2017 Supplement to Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Read the guideline at otojournal.org. (Available after January 3, 2017.)

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PATIENT INFORMATION
Frequently Asked Questions: Earwax Prevention

Should I do anything to my ears to prevent a buildup of earwax?   Your body makes earwax to protect your ear canal skin and kill germs. It is normal to have it. Prevention is best for certain groups of people, but not everyone needs it.

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Annual Report 2016
Message from Leadership

This past year, AAO-HNS/F efforts reflected both our Vision and Mission, inspiring tremendous activity and accomplishments.

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Annual Report 2016: Advocacy

Throughout the year,  the Academy’s legislative and grassroots efforts  act as the voice of the specialty on Capitol Hill  and in the state houses.  The Academy’s legislative advocacy work ensures  lawmakers are knowledgeable about  the issues affecting otolaryngology and understand how pending proposals could impact your practice and your patients.  These initiatives, combined with the  Academy’s Health Policy efforts, create  a continual advocacy mechanism to ensure  the specialty is well represented with policymakers and providing [...]

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Annual Report 2016: Research & Quality

Build a sustainable infrastructure to test, pilot, and promote adoption of research and quality products including guidelines, measures, performance improvement projects or lifelong learning projects, and evidence-based medicine to promote translational research.

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Annual Report 2016: Education & Knowledge

Value4U—the Academy has delivered on its promise to provide you with the tools and resources you need to be successful, especially in today’s ever-evolving healthcare environment and heightened delivery of quality care. 120th AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM This year the Program Advisory Committee and Instruction Course Advisory Committee introduced a broad range of changes designed to enhance the world’s premier gathering of otolaryngologists. These changes enriched your overall experience and expanded your education [...]

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Annual Meeting 2016: Member Engagement & Unity

Value. Lately everyone is insisting on it, from value-based healthcare to value-added mobile data family plans. With so many options available to us, we’re right to insist on value, including in our professional association memberships. AAO-HNS offers value-added benefits that help Members achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care. The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery provides value for our Members through professional and public education, research, and health policy [...]

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Annual Report 2016: Sustainability

In 2016, we ensured our long-term sustainability, our brand, and our relevance to our Members and the public, retaining high-quality leadership and staff in touch with and adaptable to the changing needs and environment of our Members. The following milestones illustrate that we provided exceptional stewardship of AAO-HNS/F assets, enhanced industry support, and nurtured a culture of philanthropy. SUSTAINING THE VALUE OF THE BRAND Communications provided marketing, editorial, design, and content development support for all [...]

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Online Extras

2016 Committee Highlights

Committees are the lifeblood of the AAO-HNS/F and a great way for Members to contribute meaningfully to the organization and the specialty. At the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM in San Diego, CA, Academy and Foundation committees met and discussed achievements during the past year and planned for 2017.

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