The AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting

May 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 4

View from the SRF:

Zainab Farzal, MD, Information Officer, SRF Governing Council; Deepa J. Galaiya, MD, BOG Socioeconomic and Grassroots Representative, SRF Governing Council; Claire M. Lawlor, MD, Chair, SRF Governing Council; Carla V. Valenzuela, MD, BOG Governor, SRF Governing Council

The AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting was a success with over 15 residents in attendance, including members of the SRF Governing Council, SUO representatives, and recipients of the Eisenberg Health Policy Resident Leadership Grant. Highlights of the meeting featured riveting discussions on health policy. First, Julius W. Hobson, Jr., former lobbyist and current adjunct professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, focused on challenges to healthcare reform, physician reimbursement, Medicare/Medicaid, graduate medical education, and provider quality measures. Next, U.S. Representative Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), spoke about the challenges resulting from the politicization of healthcare reform in the last decade and the need to have physicians at the table during these discussions. Several engaging panel discussions also touched on issues of implicit bias, physician resilience and burnout when facing clinical complications, and strategies for managing conflict in the workplace.

In addition, the meeting included the 2nd Annual State OTO Society Roundtable with more than 40 representatives from the state societies. Hot topics of discussion included the need for more resident engagement in attendance (especially graduating residents) and collaboration with local OTO societies. Participating state societies also voiced their priorities, which included advocacy, education, and networking/socializing. Leaders in our field accompanied members of the AAO-HNS staff to Capitol Hill, advocating for issues important to our specialty and our patients, such as cost/quality reporting measures and scope of practice concerns.