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.
By 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.
Just 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.