CANDIDATE STATEMENTS: DIRECTOR AT LARGE: ACADEMICTimothy L. Smith, MD, MPH
The AAO-HNS strategic plan outlines priorities and specific goals including advocacy, research and quality, education and knowledge, member engagement and unity, and sustainability.
Given the uncertainty of today’s healthcare environment, what do you perceive as challenges and possible solutions to implementing the Academy’s strategic plan?
The AAO-HNS strategic plan outlines priorities and specific goals including advocacy, research and quality, education and knowledge, member engagement and unity, and sustainability. Clearly, each of these is essential to our specialty’s ongoing health. Limited by 200 words, I’d like to focus on challenges and opportunities in membership engagement and unity. This priority is imperative for the others to succeed.
The broad scope of our relatively small specialty makes it ripe for fragmentation, which can lead not only to disengagement, but also to internal competition and a vicious cycle with predictable consequences. We are increasingly pulled in different directions; consistent involvement in our Academy’s mission and strategic plan is challenging. Therefore, the Academy must strive to be a central unifying force for our specialty. But that alone is insufficient; membership in the Academy must add substantial value to our professional lives. ENTConnect, the electronic open forum digest, is one excellent example of recent Academy efforts to consistently engage the membership through an interactive medium. If given the opportunity to serve, my term on the Board would be dedicated to continually advancing efforts toward membership engagement, increasing the value of membership, and specialty unity. Thank you.