The Board of Governors fall meeting: Plan to be there
We are all excited about the fall Academy BOG meeting. The official start of the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM is on Sunday, September 27.
By Peter J. Abramson, MD, Immediate Past Chair, AAO-HNS Board of Governors
We are all excited about the fall Academy BOG meeting. The official start of the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM is on Sunday, September 27. However, the Board of Governors (BOG) meetings are held the day prior. On Saturday, September 26, the BOG will conduct its fall committee meetings. Over the last several years, the BOG leadership has placed a strong emphasis on educational and informative, yet action-oriented, meetings. This is the “roll up your sleeves and get to work time.” As we all are aware, much of the work of committees happens offline before the meetings. These committee meetings are not only the presentation of the work done over the previous six months, but a time to formulate and formalize action plans that will shape the grassroots advocacy efforts for the year to come.
Chair Ken Yanagisawa, MD, and Vice-Chair Hayes H. Wanamaker, MD, continue to work on strengthening the Socioeconomic and Grassroots Committee’s regional representation structure. Regional reports at the meeting create an exciting forum for sharing of issues and trends nationwide. The ever-evolving and strong working relationship with the Academy’s Health Policy unit has strengthened the committee’s ability to work on the pressing issues affecting otolaryngologists right now.
Chair Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH, and Vice-Chair Steven T. Kmucha, MD, JD, have reinvigorated the newly reminted and redirected Societies and Engagement Committee (formerly Rules and Regulations Committee). They recently have completed the arduous, but necessary task of updating the BOG Bylaws. By switching gears from its focus on rules and regulations to society engagement, this committee will focus on building strong local, state, and regional societies and strengthening the interaction with the Board of Governors.
Under the strong leadership of Chair, Susan R. Cordes, MD, and Vice-Chair, J. Scott Magnuson, MD, the Legislative Affairs Committee has divided its members into two active task forces—the ENT PAC and Legislative Grassroots. Through greater integration with the legislative advocacy team and the state tracker program, this committee has engaged its Members in a more active role in the committee process.
BOG meetings are an integral part of our focus for a hands-on, action-oriented approach in our mission of grassroots advocacy. It is important to make time to be at the Saturday BOG committee meetings. By attending, you will stay current on pressing legislative, policy, socioeconomic issues, and become integrated into the process of advocating for our specialty and livelihood.