At The Forefront

November 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 10

FDA grants first-ever modified risk orders to eight smokeless tobacco products

Even as citizens of the United States deal with previously unrecognized significant dangers related to vaping of many substances and aggressive marketing of Juul-type products, the FDA, on October 22, 2019, for the first time authorized the marketing of products through the modified risk of tobacco product (MRTP) pathway outlined in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

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Senator talks surprise billing

The AAO-HNS was pleased to host U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) as the guest speaker at an Advocacy Breakfast during the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience on September 16 in New Orleans. Dr. Cassidy, the state’s senior senator, has been a strong ally for the physician community and a bold leader on healthcare issues impacting the house of medicine.

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Call for 2020 AAO-HNS election nominees

The Nominating Committee is calling for recommendations for individuals to be considered for an AAO-HNS elective office. To qualify, an Academy member must be in good standing, 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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The trainee’s quick guide to AAO-HNS/F funding

The freshly minted ENT intern with the unharmed pager, mired in the concerns of how to replete potassium, spray a nose, or even look at a temporal bone, may be joyfully aloof to Academy funding opportunities. And as the responsibilities accumulate with increasing PGY years, Academy awards can turn out to be an enormous missed opportunity.

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Pathway to leadership: Apply today!

Apply to become an AAO-HNS/F committee member, and let your voice be heard! The 2020-2021 application cycle is now open and will close on January 1. All committee applicants should be in good standing with the Academy and must be a fellow, member, resident member, scientific fellow, international fellow, or international member of the Academy to be eligible to serve as a committee member.

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Don’t miss the latest podcast from OTO Journal

Rethinking Malignancy Risk in Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules with Positive Molecular Studies: Southern California Permanente Experience

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International visiting scholarship report: Meet Professor Titus Sunday Ibekwe, MBBS, FWACS

I am Titus Sunday Ibekwe, MBBS, FWACS, Professor and Head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) at the University of Abuja and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. I most recently served as Vice Chair to the International Advisory Board of the AAO-HNSF. My interest in otorhinolaryngology was partly circumstantial and also out of admiration for ORL.

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AAO-HNSF Future of Education

Richard V. Smith, MD, outgoing Coordinator for Education, and Jeffrey P. Simons, MD, incoming Coordinator for Education, share their vision for the future of the AAO-HNSF offerings in this interview captured at the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in New Orleans, LA.

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Humanitarian Grant: From simulations to real patients: Humanitarian work in Vietnam

Sarah E. Hodge, MD, traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, to work and learn at the National ENT Hospital, which is the largest referral center in the northern half of Vietnam. Hodge worked alongside other otolaryngologists from the United States and Vietnam as well as the Resource Exchange International – Vietnam, an international not-for-profit organization that has been working in Vietnam since 1992.

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OTOSource Comprehensive Otolaryngology Curriculum

With OTOSource.org now completed, residents, program directors, faculty members, and practicing otolaryngologists can use this free, comprehensive online study guide while seamlessly accessing topical education activities in AcademyU or the Otolaryngology Specialty Society.

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