Membership Engagement Dashboard: How to Get Involved

October 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 9

Be an Advocate

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In today’s regulatory and legislative climate, it’s vital for U.S. otolaryngologists to use their clinical expertise to advocate on behalf of the specialty. The AAO-HNS provides numerous opportunities for members to influence federal and state healthcare policies, communicate with elected officials, and advocate for your patients. Join Project 535, become a state tracker, join the ENT Advocacy Network, or support private payer advocacy.

Engage Online

Ready to start engaging with the Academy right now? There are several ways to get started from the comfort of your home or office or on the go using your mobile device. Post or reply to a post on ENTConnect; follow @AAOHNS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; or update your ‘Find an ENT’ Profile.

Advance Clinical Otolaryngology: Get Involved in the Publishing Process

Share your expertise with a global audience by submitting an article for publication consideration to Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the Foundation’s flagship journal, or OTO Open, the Foundation’s open access journal. Also, apply to be a peer reviewer for the journals. The peer review process is essential to the development of research and is a great way to get involved with the Academy. The AAO-HNSF journals offer a special opportunity for residents through the Resident Reviewer Development Program (RRDP). The RRDP pairs qualified residents with mentors who are peer reviewers. Participants gain the skills and insight necessary to comprehensively review scientific articles by completing reviews under the mentors’ guidance. Learn more at

Get Involved with Your Section

Strengthen your network through the Academy’s three sections: Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training, Women in Otolaryngology Section, and the Young Physicians Section. See more on page 23 for some firsthand accounts from your peers about their Academy and section experiences.

Connect to the International Otolaryngology Community

The AAO-HNSF Global Affairs Program is multifaceted and offers a multitude of ways to connect and engage with the otolaryngology community from around the world. Learn more about the vast international outreach on pages 20-21.

Participate on a Committee

The Academy flourishes and succeeds from the contributions of its members. Serving on a committee provides the chance to collaborate, build your professional network, stay on the cutting edge of research and issues affecting the body of medicine, and earn honor points. The annual committee application cycle opens on November 1 and runs through January 1, 2021. See page 36 for more information about the Call for Committees.

Represent Your State/National Society on the BOG

The Board of Governors is made up of local, state, regional, and national otolaryngology-head and neck surgery societies from around the United States and Canada and serves as an important avenue of communication with the AAO-HNS/F Boards of Directors.