At The Forefront

December 2019/January 2020 – Vol. 38, No. 11

Section spotlight: YPS developing mentorship program, continuing awareness initiatives

It is truly an exciting time for the Young Physicians Section (YPS), as we have continued to grow over the past few years under the direction of Daniel C. Chelius, Jr., MD, and Cristina Baldassari, MD. By the formation of four task forces, we have been able to mobilize our constituents and publicize or bring additional benefits to YPS members.

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Humanitarian Grant: Head and neck surgery in Guinea with Mercy Ships

Supported by the AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Travel Grant, I traveled to Conakry, Guinea, in April 2019, with Mercy Ships to operate with Mark G. Shrime MD. Mercy Ships’ unique model makes use of a hospital ship called the Africa Mercy, specially outfitted with operating rooms, wards, and an ICU, and docked in a different location in coastal Africa each year to provide access to otherwise unavailable surgical specialty care.

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AAO-HNSF Joint Meeting in Jamaica

The 27th Annual Scientific Conference of the Caribbean Association of Otolaryngology (CAO) took place May 13-16, 2019, in Kingston, Jamaica. With the theme of “ENT in the Caribbean-Past, Present, and Future,” this joint meeting of the AAO-HNSF and the CAO took place in conjunction with the Jamaican Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons.

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Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, a New Millennium Society Lifetime Donor

The AAO-HNS foundation is pleased to recognize Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, who became a Millennium Society Lifetime Donor at the Annual Meeting through her generous donation to the Annual Fund and the WIO Endowment. Dr. Schmalbach reflected back on why she first became a Millennium Society donor in 2013, and just became a lifetime donor.

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Register today for #BOGMTG20

Make plans to attend the AAO-HNS/F 2020 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, May 1-3, in Alexandria, VA. Prepare to join your colleagues for a weekend of leadership discussions, Board of Governors (BOG) meetings, informative speakers, advocacy updates, and mentoring/networking opportunities.

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Don’t miss out on Reg-ent in 2020!

As the end of 2019 draws near, it’s time to think about 2020 and your participation in Reg-ent. Reg-ent is in the process of expanding capabilities and offerings that will allow participants to directly define, measure, and implement the “best ENT care” for otolaryngology-head and neck patients.

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Don’t miss the latest podcasts

Visit Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at http://sageotolaryngology.sage-publications.libsynpro.com/ to listen to access the library of available podcasts.

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Section spotlight: An investment in the future

Movie stars? From the Academy? Several leaders within the Academy will soon become “movie stars” premiering in “Four Days in Boston.” This production will be one of the highlights of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Boston, MA, marking the 10th anniversary celebration of the Women In Otolaryngology (WIO) Endowment and establishment of the Women in Otolaryngology Section.

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Harry Barnes Endowment Travel Grant Recipient 2019: Grant reinforces importance of representation and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee

New Orleans was the landing spot for hundreds of thousands of otolaryngologists around the world to converge for the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. As it was my first Academy experience, I was bug-eyed and slightly overwhelmed to be one among this teeming group of surgeons. My astonishment was further heightened when I learned later that an appalling 2.3 percent of current otolaryngologists in the United States is African American.

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Your gift funds the future of the specialty: Donate today!

Please consider making a 100 percent tax-deductible donation to the AAO-HNS foundation’s Annual Fund.

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Recognizing 30+ and Lifetime members in 2019

In August 2019, the Academy launched a program to celebrate our new lifetime and 30-year members. Since then, we have recognized those with over 30 years of membership.

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2018-2019 AAO-HNS/F committee listing and highlights

Committees are the lifeblood of the AAO-HNS/F and a great way for members to contribute meaningfully to the organization and the specialty. At the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in New Orleans, LA, committees met and discussed achievements during the past year and planned for 2020.

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