At The Forefront

May 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 4

Section Spotlight: YPS continues to expand

It is hard to believe that the Young Physician’s Section (YPS) of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is only five years old. We transitioned from a committee of fewer than 20 people to a section that now has more than 2,000 members.


Out of Committee: Diversity – Hijabs and the head and neck physical exam

A 28-year-old female patient presents with a history of a progressively enlarging neck mass over the course of a few months. The lesion is causing her to have some difficulties in swallowing. She was examined and diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid gland by her female family physician and hence was referred on to you, a male, for surgical evaluation.


Out of Committee: OREBM Publication Highlights

In the Publication Highlights, The AAO-HNSF Outcomes Research and Evidence Based Medicine (OREBM) Committee notes articles that may alter surgical practice. The 2017 study: “A Comparison of Alkaline Water and Mediterranean Diet vs Proton Pump Inhibition for Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux,”


Championing Women in Otolaryngology through the AAO-HNSF WIO Endowment

The Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Endowment was conceived over pre-Annual Meeting cocktails in Boston, MA, in 2010.


Major Alabama payer opts to maintain reimbursement for cone beam CT scans

In December 2017, one of Alabama’s largest health insurance carriers announced a drastic reimbursement reduction for cone beam computed tomography (CT) scans, effective January 2018. Coordinated advocacy efforts occurring over the course of the next 18 months would eventually result in a significant win for practicing otolaryngology- head and neck surgeons in the state of Alabama.