Annual Meeting wrap-up
When I was a student planning to attend the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM for the first time, I thought it was primarily an educational meeting. After attending I was shocked at how many facets make up the AAO-HNS/F. As I became involved in the Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) and its Governing Council, I realized that the Academy is a community.
By Meghan N. Wilson, MD, Chair, Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training
When I was a student planning to attend the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM for the first time, I thought it was primarily an educational meeting. After attending I was shocked at how many facets make up the AAO-HNS/F. As I became involved in the Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) and its Governing Council, I realized that the Academy is a community. And better yet, it’s a community that is rooting for us, residents and fellows. This was readily evident from the myriad opportunities for residents and fellows at this year’s meeting in Dallas.
One of the most exciting events highlighted at this year’s meeting was the rollout of mENTorConnect, the mentoring platform now available through ENTConnect! SRF members have been asking for increased mentoring opportunities. With our input, this platform has been created, greatly enabling us to identify and connect with mentors.
There is a seemingly endless schedule of educational sessions. The SRF presented two Miniseminars: one advising how to use the literature to improve your practice and a second giving practical advice for protecting yourself, your practice, and your family. In addition to education, almost all committee meetings are open to all SRF members, regardless of committee membership, providing a launching pad to get involved in an area you care about. Those of us who attended the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting were able to learn more about legislative issues and the activities of local societies.
And, of course, there was the SRF General Assembly on Tuesday morning. Numerous Academy leaders including James C. Denneny III, MD, Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD, and Gregory W. Randolph, MD, came to address us residents/fellows specifically with both personal stories and their goals for the future. For the first time, the SRF Assembly had invited guest speakers including Barry M. Schaitkin, MD, and Richard A. Chole, MD, PhD, who presented on what to know about medical malpractice and Spencer C. Payne, MD, who gave tips and pearls for avoiding burnout now and throughout our career.
Two often overlooked resources that coincide with the Meeting are that residents and fellows can become members of the Millennium Society and have use of the Millennium Society lounge. Besides food and an endless supply of coffee, it offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of the hallways and EXPO and facilitates meaningful conversations between members.
If you missed the Annual Meeting this year, plan to attend the AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum March 18-21, 2016, in Alexandria, VA. This meeting is also an amazing opportunity for residents to learn more about our Academy, leadership, and government affairs. This meeting’s smaller scale lends itself to great networking and mentoring opportunities. Hope to see you there!