Board of Governors: TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

June 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 5

Troy D. Woodard, MD
BOG Member-at-Large

I am often asked why I love being a member of the Board of Governors (BOG). The BOG is a grassroots network within the Academy that is composed of local, state, regional, and specialty societies from around the United States.

Troy D. Woodard, MD

I liken my experience in the BOG to my time as a collegiate athlete on the DePaul University track team. As a high-jumper and sprinter, I worked hard as an individual. I got up early to train and put in countless grueling hours of practice. I pushed myself physically and mentally seven days a week to improve for the competition. However, to achieve my goals, I could not rely solely on my own hard work, dedication, and discipline. I also had to rely on my teammates. We leaned on one another for encouragement and support during many challenging times. We found common ground, built trust in one another, and grew friendships. While we had a team full of talented individuals, winning as a team was only possible when all teammates contributed to the total score. Our team’s success was determined only by the sum of individual results.

The same is true for the field of otolaryngology. Unless we collaborate and work as a team for a shared vision, our victories will be limited and have little effect on our Academy members and their medical practices. The BOG serves as an avenue of communication between our members and the Board of Directors. This forum allows all otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to unite and work as a team to advance our profession. Partnerships can help our organization advance a variety of shared goals, such as changing policy, advocating jointly for specific legislation, raising public awareness, and educating the public and our members about specific otolaryngologic issues. Finding common ground, emphasizing cooperation and not competition, joining forces, and supporting one another are attributes that give us strength. Together, we can have a powerful impact. As one voice, we can challenge the status quo and inspire a lasting change.

I am inspired by the acronym “TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More!” Whether you practice in a private practice, an academic institution, the military, or are employed by a hospital, there is a place for you in the BOG.