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February 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 1

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The Leading Edge

Are Your Pediatric Patients Part of the “Team?”

Because February is our Academy’s Kids ENT Health month, we all have the opportunity to shine the spotlight on certain Kids ENT health issues and direct patients and parents to accurate information that affect this younger segment of our patient population (ENTHealth.org). This month, we also have a chance to pause and reflect on the way we communicate with, care for, and influence our pediatric patients along with their parents.

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New Year, New Committees

The current volatility we have witnessed over the last six months in Washington, DC, will likely accelerate as we move closer to the 2020 elections. Healthcare reform will likely be one of the most widely debated topics throughout the process, extending for years to come. The need to balance access, quality, and cost will continue to be addressed from distinctly different points of reference.

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At The Forefront

Nominate Your Colleagues for a Prestigious Academy Award

We are surrounded by amazing AAO-HNS colleagues with remarkable accomplishments and vision for local, national, and international outreach. Our mentors, friends, and trainees are the embodiment of our Academy’s vision of optimizing quality ear, nose, and throat patient care and deserve recognition as such.

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Humanitarian Travel Grant Recipient Teams Up with Kenya Relief Mission

Through Kenya Relief, I had the opportunity to be part of a surgical team that included Lana L. Jackson, MD, Gina D. Jefferson, MD, Tammara L. Watts, MD, and Gil Jackson, MD. We performed 66 operations and numerous other clinical procedures in the small rural community of Migori, Kenya. Our group also clinically evaluated and medically treated more than 100 additional patients during our time at the Brase Clinic and Vision Centre.

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WIO2.0 Initiatives Campaign: Investing in the Next Decade

The WIO2.0 Initiatives Campaign is a yearlong celebration of both the 10th anniversary of the WIO Endowment that was established in Boston, MA, at the AAO-HNSF 2010 Annual Meeting and a yearlong fundraising campaign to raise $800,000—double what was raised in four days in 2010.

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University of Kansas Team Treats Goiters, Neck Masses in Philippines

After three plane rides, one ferry ride, two bus rides, and 36 hours of travel, our team of morethan 20 people from Kansas City made it to Calapan City on Mindoro, an island of the Philippines. I was fortunate to join The World Outreach Foundation of Kansas City (WOFKC) on their annual trip in February 2019.

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February: Pediatrics

Explore the difference in care between pediatric and adult patients in the OTOSource Pediatric Otolaryngology unit. Multiple modules and surgical videos cover topics from general care to specific conditions, such as anesthesia techniques, hearing loss, GERD, and OSA, among others.

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Don’t Miss the Keynote Speaker for #BOGMTG20

Martin Makary, MD, MPH, will be the general session keynote speaker at the AAO-HNS/F 2020 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting. Dr. Makary is a healthcare futurist, Johns Hopkins surgeon, and professor of health policy. He is a frequent medical commentator on NBC and FOX News and a leading voice for physicians, writing for The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

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Board of Governors

Kids, Family, and the BOG

I cannot help but think about my kids and my family as I write this article for Kids ENT Health Month. I have four little people who rely on me for love, shelter, and nourishment (mind, body, and soul). I think about them every time I leave for my job in the morning, travel for work on weekends, or participate in AAO-HNS/F activities, whether they be across the country or closer to my home in [...]

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Practice Profile

Making a Difference in the Lives and ENT Health of Our Armed Forces

LaKeisha R. Henry, MD, holds the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and currently serves as Division Chief at the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE), located in the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgery Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. HCE is part of the Defense Health Agency and is a collaborative effort with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Guest Society

Society Spotlight: Pressing Issues in Academic Practice and Organizational Initiatives

Residency training requirements are continuously evolving. Recently, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education instituted significant changes to the otolaryngology program requirements. First, the PG-1 year must now include six months of otolaryngology and six months of structured education on nonotolaryngology rotations.

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Features

Weaving the World of Otolaryngology: Your Academy Around the World

“Weaving the World” aptly describes the growth of the AAO-HNSF global outreach and some remarkable gains. It is appropriate that we acknowledge the legends in our specialty. Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS (Edin), and KJ Lee, MD, continue to lead, educate, and inspire future generations.

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What Matters in the End: Care at the End of Life in Otolaryngology

Often otolaryngologists do not discuss dying with their patients, as their traditional role is to prolong and improve life. Over the past few decades, there has been an explosion of interest in popular culture about end-of-life care.

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Out of Committee: Diversity and Inclusion – Why Pronouns Matter

All providers aim to build rapport with patients, and that process begins with the first greeting. For transgender patients, an important part of that rapport includes getting their preferred name and pronoun correct. The easiest way to achieve this is by just asking the patient.

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How to Champion the Reg-ent Registry in Your Institution

Need help getting your colleagues and/or leadership team on board with joining the Reg-ent registry? Here are a few key steps to help you get your organization signed up and started with Reg-ent.

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Tech Talk: Protecting Data against Equipment Failure

Technology and cyberthreats are ever changing. In this new series for the Bulletin, I will share best practices for you to consider in maintaining the security of your data and how technology can best be implemented to work for you. The following highlight some standard operations you may want to consider employing related to the protection of on-premise servers against equipment failure.

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American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Updates

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS), I wanted to provide this timely communication with a few important updates. The first being related to the CertLink pilot, which entered the second year of the planned two-year pilot in January 2020.

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For Patients: KidsENT Health Month: Epistaxis

“Epistaxis” is another word for nosebleed, which can commonly occur in children. About 64 percent of children aged 11 to 15 years have had at least one episode of epistaxis. The most common cause is a ruptured blood vessel on the nasal septum, the part that divides the nose into the right and left nostrils. Though pediatric epistaxis is common, it has been shown to induce significant amounts of stress for both parents and children.

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Clinical Practice Guideline: Nosebleed (Epistaxis)

“A nosebleed is a common occurrence, happening at some point in about six out of 10 people in the United States. Although it is common, methods of diagnosis and treatment for nosebleed have not been uniformly used across clinicians and settings.

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