Published: August 31, 2015

Annual Meeting outshines Big Tex

As the 2015 Annual Meeting in Dallas rapidly approaches, I have enjoyed reliving many memorable moments in Dallas. I traveled back and forth from Oklahoma City to Waco through Dallas often while I was attending Baylor University and had many friends who lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I looked forward to the State Fair of Texas, which I attended in conjunction with the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Rivalry with Fair Park’s beloved 52-foot-high character “Big Tex” towering over the proceedings.

dennenyBy James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO

As the 2015 Annual Meeting in Dallas rapidly approaches, I have enjoyed reliving many memorable moments in Dallas. I traveled back and forth from Oklahoma City to Waco through Dallas often while I was attending Baylor University and had many friends who lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I looked forward to the State Fair of Texas, which I attended in conjunction with the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Rivalry with Fair Park’s beloved 52-foot-high character “Big Tex” towering over the proceedings. The 1975 Cotton Bowl against Penn State, as well as a host of indelible images from my time as a resident of Fort Worth, make for a great reunion in Dallas this year. Bigger and better versions of both the Cotton Bowl and Big Tex were completed in 2008 and 2013 respectively.

regent3Just as Dallas has grown and upgraded its facilities, our upcoming Annual Meeting brings a newly expanded format to significantly enhance educational and networking opportunities for all attendees. At last year’s meeting a full registration would allow an attendee to earn a maximum of 13.5 CME credits, while this year a full registration will allow an attendee to earn a maximum of 25.5 CME credits since Instruction Courses are included. A “big” addition to this year’s meeting will be the onsite Coding Workshop for Otolaryngology, produced by our partner AAPC, highlighting the coding transition to ICD-10.

We also will be featuring our biggest project in many years as we roll out our Clinical Data Registry to be called RegentSM.

Members will have the opportunity to attend a Miniseminar detailing the registry and interact with our vendor as we move toward our initiation in 2016.

As Dr. Woodson so wisely points out, a physician’s learning style and habits morph over time based on perceived clinical needs, products available, and the availability of the desired knowledge. As educational content delivery has reached a true global partnership and technology has disrupted the traditional educational paradigms, it is essential that the AAO-HNSF keep pace and offer a “Lifelong Learning” pathway for our Members that includes interactive, on demand, relevant, and affordable education materials available on a variety of platforms. Education is one of the pillars of the Foundation that our Members count on throughout their careers. This issue of the Bulletin describes the breadth of our education offerings, and I would like to highlight some of the advances to our offerings that we are confident will improve the experience for those utilizing our products.

Through the collaborative partnerships of our Coordinator for Education, Sonya Malekzadeh, MD; our Coordinator-elect, Richard V. Smith, MD; our army of volunteers, who produce the outstanding intellectual content we value so greatly; and our dedicated staff, led by the Director of Education Audrey Shively, MSHSE, MICHES, CHCP, and our new Senior Director for Education and Meetings, Johnnie C. White, MBA, CMP, we remain on the cutting edge in providing these educational opportunities for our Members. This monumental effort has resulted the ACCME awarding the AAO-HNSF “Accreditation with Commendation.” We have just rolled out the new AcademyU®, a digital learning platform that aims to make interactive learning on multiple platforms more convenient. We are populating this new platform with existing materials and new products, such as the AcademyQ® CME, Pediatric Webinars, and the ENT for the PA-C (physician assistant) lecture series. We have also set up an Academic “community” to facilitate interactive educational discussions among the Members and our faithful volunteers. AcademyU® is designed to accommodate future technological advances enhancing interactive learning. These will be a greater component of future CME requirements. The new AcademyU® learning system will also accommodate a variety of formats, including mobile devices.

I personally thank Dr. Malekzadeh for her incredibly tireless efforts as our coordinator for education. Due to her persistence, we have now embarked on creating a common curriculum for otolaryngology, an effort she is leading. I would also like to welcome Dr. Smith, our incoming coordinator, who is poised to lead this vital Foundation effort. I would like to recognize the almost 200 volunteer Members of our education committees for developing such timely and wonderful content that our Members expect. We would not succeed in this without them.

Finally, I would like to personally welcome all of our international attendees, particularly our designated International Guests of Honor from the Czech Republic, Panama, Slovakia, Taiwan, and Tanzania. We hope you enjoy the meeting and take advantage of our new format this year.



More from September 2015 - Vol. 34 No. 08

Products from the new AcademyU® Learning Platform
Foundation copublishes two books with Thieme As part of an ongoing agreement with Thieme Publishers, the Foundation has just added two more titles to its book and eBook collection. The first book, Otolaryngology Lifelong Learning Manual (OLLM), is an update to the Maintenance Manual for Lifelong Learning. Through the hard work of the eight education committees, under the leadership of Education Coordinator Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, this will become a valuable resource for all otolaryngology clinicians. OLLM serves as a great resident resource and certification study guide. Practicing physicians can use it for a refresher on a topic and for recertification through MOC. Nonphysician clinicians will also benefit from the comprehensive scope of the book. The second book, Geriatric Otolaryngology, was edited by Robert T. Sataloff, MD, Michael M. Johns III, MD, and Karen Kost, MD. This book is much more than a revision to the previous book of the same title. It is a comprehensive and timely discussion of the otolaryngology concerns of the elderly population. Both books are available in print and eBook formats and can be ordered through the Thieme website at You can search by specialty or title. The AAO-HNS Foundation is proud to have worked with Thieme on these two essential otolaryngology publications and looks forward to continuing its copublishing partnership. AcademyQ® CME: otolaryngology knowledge self-assessment tool AcademyQ® CME offers learners the opportunity to hone their knowledge skills through a series of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery-specific self-assessment questions. Derived from the 800 knowledge assessment questions available in the AcademyQ® app for Apple and Android, this activity provides the opportunity to enhance knowledge of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery with hundreds of study questions to test recall, interpretation, and problem-solving skills while earning CME credit. Drawing on the same questions released on the Academy® app in 2012 and 2014, nine modules contain 50 questions specific to each specialty. The physician learner will read and analyze otolaryngology-specific questions and rationales developed by otolaryngology experts. Included in each module is thorough feedback for each question, additional reading references, and appropriate images and videos to enhance the learning experience. Pediatric Otolaryngology eLectures Pediatric Otolaryngology eLectures, coproduced by the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) and AAO-HNSF, offer learners education opportunities designed to address pressing patient care concerns facing pediatric and general otolaryngologists. The webinars in this series are: Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Diagnosis and Management of Vascular Malformations Update on Allergic Rhinitis—A Burdensome Disease Down Syndrome: Otolaryngologic Manifestations Evaluation and Management of Sialorrhea in Children Hearing Tests and Hearing Aids: More Interesting Than You Thought Complications of Acute Rhinosinusitis in Children Otitis Media Update Assessment and Management of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Evaluation of Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss Unilateral Hearing Loss In Children Caustic Ingestion Management of Pediatric Vocal Fold Immobility Head and Neck Masses in the Pediatric Population Quality and Safety in Surgery: How to Become a Better Surgeon Choking and Aspiration in Children: Evaluation and Management Pediatric Sleep Medicine 2014: A Roundtable Discussion Eustachian Tube and Evolution Social Media—A Blessing or a Curse for the Otolaryngologist Genetics and Pediatric Otolaryngology These archived recordings are be available for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit. ENT for the PA-C eLecture Series The annual ENT for the PA-C Conference is jointly presented by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. The primary audience for the conference is nonphysician clinicians, especially physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who specialize in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. This eLecture Series, recorded at the 2015 ENT for the PA-C Annual Conference, includes the following presentations: Healthcare Reform Audiogram Interpretation: 10-minute Dizziness Evaluation Evaluation and Management of Facial Nerve Paralysis Everything You Ever (and Never) Need to Know About Salivary Glands Differential Diagnosis and Management of Conductive Hearing Loss Non-otologic Sources of Otalgia Diagnosis and Treatment of Anaphylaxis Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Neck Masses OSA: Improving Treatment Outcomes Vocal Fold Paralysis Diagnosis and Treatment Assisting in ENT Procedures These archived recordings will be available for AAPA CME credit. Visit for these new activities along with the entire catalog of education opportunities offered by the AAO-HNS Foundation.