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July 2019 - Vol. 38, No. 6

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The Leading Edge

Ringing the bell for quality and evidence

The AAO-HNSF 2005 Annual Meeting was held in Los Angeles, CA, (where we will return in 2021). Even early in my career, I recognized the unparalleled opportunities available by getting involved in AAO-HNSF courses and panels.

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Collaboration elevates all

Perhaps my favorite part of my job as your EVP/CEO is meeting and interacting with all members of the otolaryngology team who allow us to deliver the best and safest care to our patients. I uniformly learn as much or more through those interactions than from any other source.

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At The Forefront

AAO-HNSF International Visiting Scholarship Report (2018)

It’s an extreme pleasure and great honor for me to write this post scholarship report. In fact, it was a dream to write this report from the day I first discovered the possibility of this scholarship four years back. I never expected to be selected for such a prestigious program.

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Making a positive impact on patient care and physician education around the world

The AAO-HNS foundation’s International Visiting Scholarship (IVS) Grant Program advances health education and seeks to improve the quality of patient care around the world in developing countries. Since its inception in 2009, more than 200 IVS grants have been awarded to 101 recipients in 29 countries.

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Your Academy around the world: 69th National Congress of the SMORLCCC

The 69th National Congress of the Mexican Society of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (SMORLCCC) was held April 30-May 5 in Mazatlán, Mexico.

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Peruvian children receive surgeries, education

From July 28 to August 4, 2018, I travelled with a group of volunteers from across the country composed of translators, dentists, audiologist, operating room staff, anesthesiologists, and physicians to Cusco, Peru, to partake in a surgical mission at EsSalud Hospital sponsored by Medical Mission for Children (MMFC).

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Past, present, and future

The Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) is composed of all residents and fellows who are currently training in an accredited program in the United States. The SRF was created in 2000 to increase trainee participation in the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

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Otology: What’s new in 2019?

We are entering the golden age of inner ear biology as scientists untangle the regulatory pathways that control the development and maintenance of hair cells and neurons. Tremendous advances have been made possible by chips that assay for hundreds or thousands of genes or proteins and by parallel advances in big data analytics that link molecules into networks.

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Features

Presidential Citations 2019

The Presidential Citations are given to individuals who have had a profound influence on the AAO-HNS/F President’s life and otolaryngology. President Albert L. Merati, MD, has selected these individuals for their outstanding contributions.

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Career development

You already know the 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is where experts and science converge, but did you also know that the Annual Meeting provides a pathway to navigate your career?

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Experts to present groundbreaking science at #OTOMTG19

Experts and science converge at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, September 15-18, in New Orleans, LA. This year’s education program features a world-renowned faculty discussing state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field.

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Why book in the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting hotel block?

Preparing for the 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has secured hotel blocks at 24 properties within a mile radius of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

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The hearing disability status in Peru

As President of the AAO-HNS/F, it is my great honor to welcome the delegation from the Peruvian Society of Otolaryngology and Facial Surgery to our Annual Meeting in New Orleans. We look forward to our societies working together for the care of patients worldwide through collaboration and friendship now in New Orleans and into the future.

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Upper Airway Stimulation to treat Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea

In this Bulletin segment, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine (OREBM) Committee shares highlights from a 2017 study, “Upper Airway Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Patient-Reported Outcomes after 48 Months of Follow-up.”

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OREBM and PSQI presenting at #OTOMTG19

Updates from the PSQI Committee The AAO-HNS Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI) Committee, under the leadership of Emily F. Boss, MD, MPH, and C.W. David Chang, MD, continues on multiple fronts to raise awareness of patient safety and quality improvement issues within the specialty.

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RESEARCH & QUALITY: Quality resources for your patients and practice

The Research and Quality Business Unit works to remain at the forefront of all aspects of a data-driven environment. Our daily work involves being comfortable operating within numerous highly technical areas: data analytics, decision support, clinical data registry development and operations, and clinical practice guideline and quality measure development.

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Clinical Consensus Statement: Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube

Our Guidelines Task Force, chaired by David E. Tunkel, MD, continues to produce timely, critical, evidence-based publications essential to defining and improving quality in otolaryngology care.

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G-I-N and Cochrane Scholars Spotlight

The AAO-HNSF is committed to developing and disseminating evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and has partnered with the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and the Cochrane Collaboration to further this goal.

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AAO-HNSF Consensus Statements and Guidelines support payment efforts

While Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are based on high-quality evidence, Clinical Consensus Statements (CCSs) reflect the views of an expert panel that has examined the scientific data available and experienced the procedure through research and/or clinical practice.

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CORE spotlights

The CORE grants program has had a tremendous impact on my career as a surgeon-scientist. As a second-year resident, I received my first CORE grant from the American Rhinologic Society (ARS).

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Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) update

The Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program plays a critical role in advancing the field of otolaryngology by providing support to research projects, research training, and career development.

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Congratulations to the 2019 core grantees!

Congratulations to the 2019 core grantees!

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2019 measures update

Quality measures are used to monitor patient care, connect clinical outcomes with healthcare processes, and meet third-party payer requirements. AAO-HNSF is committed to providing quality measures that meet our members’ requirements for public reporting to both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private payers, as well as to track patient care over time.

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Building on success and focused on the future

Now in its third year, the Reg-ent registry is solidly positioned as the only national otolaryngology-head and neck surgery-specific data repository, one that is solely focused on the specialty of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, its physicians, and its patients.

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