CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | PRESIDENT-ELECT | VOTE FOR ONE OF TWO Gavin Setzen, MD
Since immigrating to the United States from South Africa 25 years ago, I have experienced numerous life lessons in my career, through my training, education, medical practice, patients, and varied leadership experiences within the Academy, other medical organizations, and community service roles.
What life lessons in your career would you use to identify and strengthen portions of our strategic plan to improve our membership’s future?
How can we engage membership to be involved in outcomes research, specifically the RegentSM clinical data registry?
Since immigrating to the United States from South Africa 25 years ago, I have experienced numerous life lessons in my career, through my training, education, medical practice, patients, and varied leadership experiences within the Academy, other medical organizations, and community service roles. These have provided me intellectual, business, governance, management, negotiating, and emotional skills to deal with a wide range of circumstances, individuals, and problems, and have allowed me to make rational and thoughtful decisions under difficult circumstances.
As president of a single-specialty group (eight MDs and five PAs), with an academic faculty appointment (involved in resident training for ENT, Family Practice, and Physician Assistant programs), I have learned and understand the complexities and challenges facing otolaryngologists in varied practice settings.
In addition, I have learned the true meaning and value of mentorship, friendship, and collegiality in our field, and as such, I have a strong commitment to supporting our residents, fellows, young physicians, and researchers—the future of otolaryngology.
Diverse committee and governance participation since residency has provided broad-based exposure to every aspect of administrative and membership-related functions throughout the Academy. I recently completed my seven-year term on the Board of Directors and served as secretary-treasurer elect and secretary-treasurer (four years) while on the BOD Executive Committee. This AAO-HNS executive leadership experience has provided the highest level of continuity and oversight in decision-making capability related to overall Academy strategic plan function/operation/implementation, impacting every level of the organization and the entire membership.
The Academy mission, Members, colleagues, and patients, call for a specific skill set and philosophy in achieving the strategic plan objectives and I have harnessed my experiences and career lessons to focus on providing inspiring leadership, consistent with the Guiding Principles of the Academy—prioritizing high-quality programs, improving process and organizational performance, leveraging internal/external relationships, and ensuring stable funding—to propel our organization and profession to new heights!
It is imperative to clearly demonstrate the value proposition that a clinical data registry (CDR)—RegentSM—brings to EVERY otolaryngologist in EVERY practice setting, in EVERY corner of the United States.
RegentSM is the great “leveler”—now every otolaryngologist will be able to more easily comply with regulatory burdens and reporting requirements (PQRS, MU, etc.), providing ease of data capture, processing, and retrieval across the care continuum in all practice settings.
In addition, it must be emphasized that in an era of ongoing payment reform with the MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) legislation recently passed, quality measurement and patient outcomes reporting will be integral to continued payment reform with Alternative Payment Models (APMs) blended with fee-for-service payments in the future.
Otolaryngologists can now drive/control the outcomes research that will in turn drive quality reporting and ultimately “value” payment for our services.
It should be made clear that this is a major priority for AAO-HNS and is a key Strategic Plan objective with extensive board-approved funding to ensure success.
Academy leadership and RegentSM pilot program participants will be important ambassadors for this program.