2015 AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum—a resident’s perspectiveExpanded from the print edition
Author and scholar on leadership Warren Bennis said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This was the take-away point I got from the annual AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum in Arlington, VA, held March 14-16, 2015.
BY Eugene L. Son, MD, PGY-4 at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Author and scholar on leadership Warren Bennis said, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” This was the take-away point I got from the annual AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum in Arlington, VA, held March 14-16, 2015. The meeting delivered many insightful leadership talks and forums. It also provided networking opportunities with leadership of the Academy.
The meeting started on Saturday with a new mentorship/leadership program led by Mona M. Abaza, MD, Danny C. Chelius, MD, Spencer C. Payne, MD, and Meghan N. Wilson, MD. This was my first time attending, and I was pleasantly surprised at the opportunities available to me and those wishing to get involved in the Academy. There was an engaging round of “speed networking,” which involved all those in attendance rotating through multiple tables of six to eight people for short introductions and discussions on a specific topic. I met around 40 people in one hour! A series of short and interesting “lightning talks” were given at the end covering topics in contracting, research in private practice, and lobbying. There was a reception afterward that allowed newcomers to meet with residents, young physicians, and leaders of the Academy.
Sunday started with a talk on leadership pathways followed by a talk on the Board of Governors (BOG) Rules and Regulations Committee. AAO-HNS/F updates were then presented, including summaries of the Voice of the Member Survey and Education Survey, the ENTConnect website, and future plans. I encourage members of AAO-HNS to complete these surveys, as they provide key data to enact changes on the national level. A special lunch talk on healthcare policy in the 114th Congress was given by Julius Hobson, Jr. After this talk, BOG Legislative Affairs Committee leaders presented legislative priorities, including an update on then-imminent congressional vote on the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The future of otolaryngology practice and updates on the new ICD-10 were also discussed to round out the day. Later that evening, there was a fun-filled ENT PAC event that included food, bowling, bocce, and further networking. Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, bowled on a resident-filled lane and impressed all of us with the best score of the night.
The meeting concluded on Monday with talks on the current debate on alternative payment models, quality measurement, and clinical practice guidelines. The BOG General Assembly and Candidates Forum was held this day, led by the BOG Chair, Wendy B. Stern, MD. The SRF Governing Council also conducted its meeting. Being near Capitol Hill, active grassroots efforts were taken by Bradford Terry, MD, and I to promote the cause of the AAO-HNS. The ENT PAC staff were very resourceful in providing materials and preparing us.
The Leadership Forum was a great experience, and I encourage all residents to attend it as it provides important ideas and interactions for your and our specialty’s future. I enjoyed getting to know fellow residents in the SRF and other leaders of the AAO-HNS/F. I would like to thank all those involved in providing Resident Leadership Grants (RLG) that allowed residents to participate in these types of meetings. I hope to see you all at next year’s meeting.