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October 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 9

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The Leading Edge

Finding our center: The journey begins

As I considered and reflected upon what to write in this first column of my presidency, I was reminded of a quote by Deepak K. Chopra: “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible,” as well as the concept of finding your center before embarking on each endeavor.

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The technology paradigm

The technology revolution in medicine is rolling downhill at a rapid pace. We are witnessing the “double-edged sword” effects of this transition. The costs have been high and results great in some areas, but marginal at best in others. The practice overhead costs have skyrocketed for otolaryngologists over the last decade and, for the most part, have been born by the physicians themselves.

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At The Forefront

International Visiting Scholarship

Henry N. Nono, MBChB, is a consultant otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya, who was awarded an International Visiting Scholarship (IVS) in 2011 for the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. He did his observership at Indiana University.

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NEW IN 2019: AAO-HNSF International Newsletter

The AAO-HNSF Global Affairs program has launched a comprehensive quarterly international newsletter that includes a welcome message from the AAO-HNSF Coordinator for International Affairs, J. Pablo Stolovitzky, MD.

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NEW courses now available in Spanish!

Three AcademyU Patient Management Perspectives (PMP) courses have been translated into Spanish to expand global education: Acufeno Pulsátil en el Adulto, Diagnóstico y tratamiento del paciente con cáncer de orofaringe VPH positivo, and Rinosinusitis en Adultos.

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AcademyU Podcast: A Day in the Life Series: “Life in Private Practice”

In this episode of A Day in the Life series, Lance A.  Manning, MD, and Steven Thomas Kmucha, MD, JD, discuss life in private practice, including work-life balance, hours spent seeing patients, administrative duties, CME, general compensation (salaries, pension plans, vacation/ PTO), and career progression.

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2020 Cochrane Colloquium

For those interested in systematic review training, consider attending the Cochrane Colloquium, October 4 – 7, 2020, in Toronto, Canada. Grants, supported by SAGE, publisher of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and OTO Open, help fund member attendance.

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2020 G-I-N conference

AAO-HNS members interested in guideline development and implementation are encouraged to attend the annual Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) conference, September 30 – October 2, 2020, in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at entnet.org/G-I-N.

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Call for 2020 AAO-HNS candidates

The AAO-HNS Nominating Committee is calling for recommendations of individuals to be considered for an elected office. Academy members must be in good standing and it is recommended that they have held membership the last three consecutive years, 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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Recognizing 38- and 37-year members

In August, the Academy launched a program to celebrate our new lifetime and 30-year members.  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 38 and 37 years of continuous membership and their invaluable contributions to the Academy and our specialty.

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Humanitarian Grant: Bright smiles in Nepal

I had the opportunity to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal, to visit the Nepal Cleft and Burn Center in December 2018. My experience was truly humbling, educational, and rewarding.

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AAO-HNSF Joint Meeting: African Head and Neck Society 2019 Meeting

The 3rd Annual Conference of the African Head and Neck Society (AfHNS) took place in Harare, Zimbabwe, this past May. It was hosted by the Zimbabwe Society of Otolaryngologists. The conference theme was “Finding Solutions for Head and Neck Challenges”

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India team completes surgical missions in Indore and Jaipur

During the second half of January 2019, a surgical team led by otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons Matthew Johnson, MD, Ryan Winters, MD, and Regina Rodman, MD, traveled to both Indore and Jaipur, India. This medical mission trip was performed in partnership with The India Project with the goal of alleviating the burden of cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial deformities in this underserved patient population.

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Your participation makes a difference

Participation in the Reg-ent registry allows members to directly impact the future of the specialty. Through the contribution of patient and visit data to the Reg-ent national data repository, members are collectively growing data available for purposes of the specialty—for research, advocacy efforts, demonstrating the value of care provided by our members, and much more.

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QCDR measure flows

The measure specification documents for each AAO-HNSF QCDR measure contain easy-to-follow workflows. These measure flows provide visual explanations of the QCDR measures and help you understand which patients can be included in the initial patient population, denominator, and numerator for each measure. With the QCDR measures developed by and for AAO-HNS members, these measure flows are an added effort to support members in providing quality care. Visit www.entnet.org/2019-measures.

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Grants opportunities

For 2020, AAO-HNSF is providing $250,000 in CORE grant funding for otolaryngology research. The CORE partner societies and industry sponsors are offering an additional $500,000 in grant funding.

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Facetime

We are One: Snapshots in action

We are One: Snapshots in Action

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Board of Governors

Your ally, your advocate, your champion

The Board of Governors (BOG), established 37 years ago as the grassroots member network within the AAO-HNS and comprised of local, state, regional, and national otolaryngology-head and neck surgery societies, is thriving. The BOG is Your Ally, Your Advocate, Your Champion.

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Features

Answer the call

The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience celebrates and advances the accomplishments of our members by providing opportunities for experts in the field to share research and science. It is the largest gathering of otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons and related healthcare professionals focused on leading-edge clinical techniques and tools and groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

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Breaking news: New Reg-ent collaboration

The AAO-HNSF Board of Directors, during their meeting on September 14, in New Orleans, LA, approved a letter of agreement with a new strategic partner for Reg-ent, allowing our clinical data registry to reach its full potential. This agreement and future partnership, with OM1, will incorporate a versatile platform capable of combining and analyzing multiple categories of data that will be instrumental as otolaryngologists define “best care” parameters for our specialty.

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Longtime member sworn in as NIDCD Director

On September 4, Debara L. Tucci, MD, MS, MBA, longtime member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), was sworn in as Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD.  Dr. Tucci is the recipient of the AAO-HNS Distinguished Service Award and Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award.

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Bringing it all together: This is who we are, and “We Are One”

The AAO-HNS/F’s vision is to be the global leader in optimizing quality ear, nose, and throat patient care. Through a focused mission, we help our members achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care through professional and public education, research, health policy, and advocacy.

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Arm your patients with powerful ENT knowledge

This study and others clearly demonstrate the importance of patient engagement at every step of the care cycle: from detecting and diagnosing a potential condition to treatment, recovery, and/or condition management. That’s why the AAO-HNSF launched ENThealth.org—in order to provide patients, families, loved ones, and other caregivers with the tools they need to help live their best ENT lives.

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Suite of tools for residents

The AAO-HNS/F offers several resources for Residents to enhance their education as well as engage with their specialty society. Following are some of the offerings to Residents who call the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery home.

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Your Member Portal

This online tool gives you the opportunity to efficiently access, manage, and update your member information.

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Committee involvement

October 1 marked the start of the 2019-2020 term for new and reappointed AAO-HNS/F committee members. One month later, on November 1, the application and selection process for the 2020-2021 committee recruitment season begins. Why should AAO-HNS members be as interested as they are in serving on a committee or committee? What do they get out of participating?

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WIO2.0 Endowment: Investing in the next decade

Your support of the WIO2.0 Initiatives Campaign helps celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the WIO Endowment Fund that was created in 2010 to provide a perpetual source of funding for projects that championed important issues for all women in otolaryngology.

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OUT OF COMMITTEE: PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: Transforming OR performance with post-op debrief tracking

In an effort to mitigate human error and optimize efficiency and quality, patient safety checklists have been incorporated in managing the operating room suite. The preoperative surgical time-out mandated and outlined by The Joint Commission (TJC) has been extensively studied and is now considered the standard of care.

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