Features

October 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 9

Perspective: From the Field in Puerto Rico; ENT’s Kinship among Chaos

My ENT peers in Puerto Rico may not have been to war together, but after two major hurricanes in 2017—Irma and Maria—tropical storms, a major earthquake on January 6, 2020, and its ensuing aftershocks, Sahara dust thick as fog for days, and the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, it has been like going to war.

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Out of Committee: Diversity and Inclusion; Ensuring Better Performance in a Heterogeneous Group Dynamic

I graduated from ENT in Venezuela, in a residency program where 80% of the residents and 50% of the faculty were females. There were many times when resident staff were all women. Frequently, an all-women team was in the operating room, from medical students to the anesthesiologist to ENT attendings.

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“Clinical Consensus Statements” Are Now “Expert Consensus Statements”

The Guideline Task Force (GTF) has voted to change the name of Clinical Consensus Statements (CCS) to Expert Consensus Statements (ECS), and the AAO-HNSF Executive Committee has approved this name change. The change will apply to all upcoming documents planned for publication.

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Membership Engagement Dashboard: How to Get Involved

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.

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Fostering a Global Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Community through Connection and Engagement

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. Guidance and leadership for the program come from the AAO-HNSF Coordinator for International Affairs, J. Pablo Stolovitzky, MD, and the International Advisory Board (IAB).

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Get Involved: Membership Engagement and the Peer-to-Peer Connection

I continue to renew my membership because of the tradition of community membership and the nimble offerings that allow otolaryngologists to rise to meet the challenges of our present circumstances.

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Highlighting the Trails of Women Pioneers in Otolaryngology

Do you know the name of the first woman involved in otolaryngology in 1898? How about who is credited with developing the bronchoscope in 1905? The answers are part of a new collection of artifacts and a historic timeline showcasing the significant impact women have made in the specialty. The “History of Women in Otolaryngology” exhibit is available to members around the world.

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Out of Committee: Media and Public Relations; Building an Online Presence: A Primer for Otolaryngologists

The online presence of physicians has become an area of controversy. Following the now-retracted article, “Prevalence of Unprofessional Social Media Content Among Young Vascular Surgeons,” published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, thousands of physicians took to social media as an outlet to express views on the very topic of social media and its role in the medical profession.

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Tech Talk: ADA Website Compliance

It has been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. This act was a declaration for equality for individuals with disabilities. The ADA applies to all organizations generally open to the public, with at least 15 full-time employees, that operate for at least 20 weeks during the year.

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Out of Committee: Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine; Is Dupilumab the Answer to the Prayers of the Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patient?

In this Bulletin segment, our committee shares highlights from recent key research in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. We offer concise summaries of significant findings that may alter current surgical practice.

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Virtual Engagement during Virtual Annual Meeting

Social media has helped connect people all around the world. There’s no doubt that social media has helped the Academy in “Bringing Together the World of Otolaryngology” during the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Attendees across the globe have shared their experiences online and engaged with each other – and the Academy – leading up to and throughout the Virtual Annual Meeting.

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Announcing the AAO-HNSF 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Call for Science

The AAO-HNSF and the Annual Meeting Program Committee invite you to be part of the 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience by submitting a high-impact proposal with a focus on quality data.

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