At The Forefront

March 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 2

Free Learning Opportunity

Covering a breadth and depth of topics, from risk factors for developing aspiration to surgical therapies for Zenker’s Diverticulum, OTOSource is a valuable and free learning resource. Explore the Laryngology, Voice, and Swallowing unit at


FrequENTcy App Now Available

The FrequENTcy App is now available as a FREE download through the Apple, Google Play, or Spotify stores. Don’t miss the convenience of being able to access AAO-HNS/F podcasts with the touch of a button.


Donate to the WIO2.0 Initiatives Campaign

In its second year, “Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Day” will be celebrated on March 8, providing an opportunity for local WIO groups around the world to meet for social, educational, and networking events. Donating to the WIO Endowment in support of the WIO2.0 Initiatives Campaign is another opportunity to help sustain and grow a vital source of funding needed for supporting projects and programs that advance issues important to all women in otolaryngology today and laying the foundation for the next generation of women in otolaryngology. The goal is to raise $800,000 by the AAO-HNSF 2020 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Boston, Massachusetts, September 13-16.

As of publication, $121,400 has been raised. To learn more and donate today, go to


Call for IAB Chair-elect Nominees

A 2020-2021 Chair-elect of the International Advisory Board (IAB) will be elected at the AAO-HNSF 2020 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Boston, Massachusetts.

After serving a one-year term as Chair-elect, this individual will then serve a one-year term as Chair and assume the duties as a leader and voice of the global otolaryngology community.

Candidates must be active international (non-U.S.) members of the AAO-HNS and formally affiliated with the AAO-HNSF International Corresponding Societies network. Deadline for submission of the nominee application is April 1.

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Recognize World Voice Day with AAO-HNSF Quality Resources

In observance of World Voice Day, read Clinical Practice Guideline: Hoarseness (Dysphonia) Update and Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Voice Outcomes After Thyroid Surgery.

In addition, review AAO34 Dysphonia: Postoperative Laryngeal Examination, a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measure available exclusively through the Reg-entSM registry.

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Humanitarian Travel Grant: Medical Mission in Ethiopia

Written by Nandini Govil, MD, MPH

Nandini Govil, MD, MPH, traveled to Ethiopia with Healing the Children after receiving an AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Travel Grant. Dr. Govil admitted to becoming “slightly jaded” in terms of global health prior to the trip but reconsidered this stance after meeting a three-year-old patient who was suffering from a large neck mass and ultimately diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. Despite the team not being able to cure the child, Dr. Govil was surprised to learn the family was relieved.

“I realized that just putting a word to what their child was going through gave this family solace and power,” said Dr. Govil. “They now had knowledge of what was happening, making the experience a little less scary. I discovered that the value in global health work comes from the power of knowledge that we provide patients. Even one lone physician can make a huge difference in this way.”



Reg-ent Receives CMS QCDR and QR Designations 

For the fifth consecutive year, the Reg-ent registry has been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and Qualified Registry (QR) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting. In conjunction with the QCDR approval for 2020, CMS approved 17 otolaryngology-specific QCDR measures that were developed from AAO-HNSF clinical practice guideline key action statements, as well as measures developed jointly with medical specialty society partners. These QCDR measures are available exclusively through Reg-ent. In addition, 40 Quality Payment Program (QPP) measures applicable to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery are also available in the Reg-ent registry.


Download the World Voice Day 2020 poster at the World Voice Day 2020 poster