www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectAugust 2015 - Vol. 34 No. 07Leading EdgeMatching capacity to demandI recently attended the digitalNow 2015 conference and had the good fortune to hear one of the most dynamic speakers and innovative thinkers that I have come across in many years. Rachel Botsman, co-author of What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, gave a revealing presentation on how “collaborative consumption” is changing the way business is being done worldwide through a collaborative economy that seeks to unlock value in different ways from existing assets.Gender bias affects all of usI have been invited on a couple of recent occasions to speak on “women in otolaryngology.” The talks raised some interesting conversations, and it occurred to me that I have not touched on this issue in prior columns. I have nearly reached the end of my term, so here goes.Asia-Oceania Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Congress returns to TaiwanThe Asia-Oceania Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Congress took place March 19-22 at the Taipei International Convention Center. This remarkable, up-to-date conference center is located in the shadows of the Taipei 101, which is the second tallest building in the world.‘Soothing and balmy, cure without disfigurement:’ Benjamin F. Bye, false promises, and head and neck cancerOne century ago, patients dreaded a diagnosis of head and neck cancer, fearing not only the progression of the disease but also the prospect of surgery. A cadre of charlatans preyed upon these fears to make a profit, traveling from town to town and giving speeches with the guarantee of cure without disfigurement.A whirlwind, worthwhile yearI have had a rather eventful year since being named as one of the 2014 Health Policy Scholars from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Prior to receiving this award I had had a long history of activity as a leader within the AAO-HNS, particularly in the social economic and health policy arena.FROM THE AAO-HNS MEDICAL DEVICES AND DRUGS COMMITTEEDeveloping digital-health technologyExpanded from the print editionIn 2013, venture capital funding for new healthcare IT and digital-health companies outpaced investment in all other healthcare sectors, reaching nearly $2 billion.The Academy’s New Technology Pathway processHere’s how to apply for a new or revised CPT codeAnnual Meeting after 5Revive after five with energizing events continuing. The evenings offer an array of opportunities to round out the daily programming. Several are even included in your registration. And, if you register by Friday, August 21, your conference registration will be discounted.VISIT THESE 2015 OTO EXPOSM exhibitors in Dallas (as of July 7, 2015)See the exhibitor list here.OTO EXPOSM is the place to beThere are many ways to learn and our Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM presents many options to establish a connection to the knowledge you’re seeking.Candidate statements: BOG candidate: secretaryI joined the BOG in 2007 as the representative for the Diversity Committee of the AAO-HNS. Through this committee, I helped create the AAO-HNSF Harry Barnes Society Endowed Leadership Grant. I also helped develop and present an Instruction Course and AcademyU® Module on Culturally Competent Care of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patient and a Miniseminar on Culturally Competent Care.Candidate statements: BOG candidate: chair-electMy 13 years of BOG service have been modeled upon the principles of commitment to excellence, understanding of the issues affecting medicine, integrity, and passion to carry out this important work.2015 BOG Awards announcedEach year, the AAO-HNS Board of Governors (BOG) highlights outstanding individualized efforts of its state societies and Members. Below are the results of the 2015 BOG Awards. Congratulations!Bringing otologic, audiologic services to NicaraguaExpanded from the print editionOver the last 11 years, Mayflower Medical Outreach (MMO) has established an impressive presence providing otologic and audiologic services as well as deafness education in Jinotega, Nicaragua. In addition, they work with and train otolaryngology residents in Lenin Fonseca Hospital in Managua.BOARD OF GOVERNORSThe latest and greatest: the commitment to keeping currentIn the 18th century, the head mirror was new technology, allowing the physician to visualize areas previously inaccessible. Now, when I take out my head mirror, children snicker and adults comment, “I didn’t know doctors used those anymore.”Annual Meeting service and leadership awardsEach year this honor is given to a member who is widely recognized for a consistent, stable character distinguished by honesty, zeal for truth, integrity, love and devotion to humanity and a self-giving spirit.AAO-HNS, AIUM create accreditation pathwayFor the past three years the AAO-HNS has been working closely with the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) to develop a mutual accreditation pathway in head and neck ultrasound. We are proud to announce that this pathway has been completed and is now available. This pathway illustrates the value and importance of continuing medical education.CT-related Miniseminars, Instruction CoursesThere will be more than 100 courses related to CT imaging—with many courses specific to imaging—available as part of the 2015 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM.Practice management: learning, future forwardTwo Physician Payment Policy Workgroup (3P)-supported Miniseminars and a Board of Governors Instruction Course have been included in the robust Annual Meeting schedule to provide exciting learning opportunities: Business of Medicine for Residents and Fellows: Planning for the Future; New Payment Models: Effects on Otolaryngology Reimbursement; and Board of Governors’ Hot Topic 2015: Practicing Otolaryngology in 2025. Please mark your calendars so you don’t miss these sessions.Two-step to the Advocacy Booths at this year’s Annual MeetingWith the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM approaching, now is the time to learn more about advocacy-related programming available at the upcoming meeting in Dallas.Bigger and better: New AcademyU® coming soonThe Foundation is bringing you a bigger and better learning experience with the launch of the new AcademyU® learning platform.Journal earns highest ever impact factorOtolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, the official journal of the AAO-HNSF, received an impact factor of 2.020 in Thomson Reuters 2014 Journal Citation Reports®. This is the highest the journal has ever received and a 17 percent increase from last year.