Published: February 2, 2017

Board of Governors: The BOG and the Leadership Forum

What is the easiest way  to get involved with the  Academy? The Board of Governors (BOG)!

Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH
BOG Chair

What is the easiest way to get involved with the Academy? The Board of Governors (BOG)!

ishmanWho is the BOG?

The BOG was established in 1982 as the grassroots Member network within the Academy. It is made up of constituent societies—local, state, regional, and subspecialty/national groups—from around the U.S. and Canada and serves as an avenue of communication between the Members and the Board of Directors.

Why should I get involved in the BOG?

This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with your colleagues and give us your input. The BOG has been home for private practice, hospital-employed, and academic physicians to meet and advocate regarding the socioeconomic and legislative issues that affect our practices. At the same time, we are a home for the general otolaryngologist, regardless of practice setting, to connect and help us prioritize the issues that are important to you. You do not need to have a formal position to be an active member.

How do I get involved?

  • Become an official representative  to the BOG. Every constituent society  has three representatives, a governor, a legislative representative, and a socioeconomic and grassroots representative ( under the virtual society resource center). Please check with your state society if you are interested in serving in one of those roles or check the website at to see who is representing you.
  • Apply to a BOG Committee. We have three standing committees: Legislative Affairs, Socioeconomic and Grassroots, and Governance and Society Engagement.
  • Become a Regional Representative (
  • Become a State Legislative Tracker (
  • Just come to the meeting or get in touch with me ( We are always looking for people who are interested in helping!

Where and when? The Leadership Forum, of course!

We will be discussing leadership skills, payment issues, legislative updates, MIPS, Reg-ent, cultural competency, and many more topics, including advocacy and society engagement, at the AAO-HNS/F 2017 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, March 10-13 in Alexandria, VA. At the same time, there are ample opportunities to network with the leadership of our Academy and ask questions directly to the candidates at the  President-Elect Candidate’s Forum. The meeting will also feature the BOG General Assembly, the ENT PAC Reception (for ENT PAC Leadership Club members), and free CME credits.

Involvement of local, regional, and state society administrators and society presidents

This year for the first time, we are also excited to be engaging local, regional, and state society administrators and presidents  to exchange ideas on the best way to run a society and benefit from AAO-HNS resources. This meeting will take place on Friday, March 10, 2017, and anyone involved in these societies is free to attend. Please contact us at ( if you are interested in involving your society.  I hope to see you there.

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