CANDIDATE STATEMENTS: DIRECTOR AT LARGE: PRIVATE PRACTICEPell Ann Wardrop, MD
As otolaryngologists, we face a future that will challenge our scope and style of practice and the ability to continue to provide quality care to our patients.
Given the uncertainty of today’s healthcare environment, what do you perceive as challenges and possible solutions to implementing the Academy’s strategic plan?
As otolaryngologists, we face a future that will challenge our scope and style of practice and the ability to continue to provide quality care to our patients. The AAO-HNS is, fortunately, comprised of a highly diverse and talented group of physicians. Our diversity can be a challenge if we allow our differences to overshadow our many shared strengths. We need to capitalize on our diversity and celebrate the specialization within otolaryngology without allowing this to result in fragmentation. Aristotle noted that, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and that is certainly true for otolaryngology.
For many of us, our interest lies with our patients, with limited interest in governmental regulation that can impact both our patients and our practice. To succeed as a specialty and protect our patients’ welfare, we must be active and involved in the regulatory and policy aspects of our practice.
Our committed Academy staff and our membership with its unparalleled volunteerism will help us overcome the challenges ahead. I welcome the opportunity to participate as a member of the AAO-HNS Board of Directors and as it paves the way for its membership to continue to thrive and excel in the years ahead.