www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectSeptember 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 8What’s new in AcademyU®?From webcasts to faculty development, take your pick from the variety of fresh education products cultivated by the members of the Education CommitteesLeading EdgeMore is moreAs we approach the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ and prepare for this remarkable educational opportunity, I would like to salute another major pillar of our educational offerings designed with you, the Member, in mind.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOLast linesPreparing for this column, my last as President, I looked back on what has been a truly gratifying year for me to serve this Academy and all of you.Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentWhat Is a Thyroid DisorderYour thyroid gland is one of the endocrine glands that makes hormones to regulate physiological functions in your body, like metabolism (heart rate, sweating, energy consumed). Other endocrine glands include the pituitary, adrenal, and parathyroid glands and specialized cells within the pancreas.Congratulations RAEC! 2016 Committee of Excellence Award WinnerThe Rhinology and Allergy Education Committee exemplifies the hard work and dedication that all of the education committees commit to, including developing learning opportunities for Members through AcademyU®.AMA House of Delegates ReportThe American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) held its annual meeting in Chicago in June. Your Academy was represented by Liana Puscas, MD, delegation chair; delegates Shannon P. Pryor, MD, and Robert Puchalski, MD; and alternate delegate James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO.Dangers of e-cigarettesAs electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, have become popular in recent years, accidental injuries from these devices have increased in frequency as well. These incidents include explosions, burns, and poisonings.New rules for a new eraElectronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) have become a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes; in fact, their use has risen exponentially with minors. Due to unknown health risks, healthcare providers have expressed concerns about their widespread acceptance.AcademyU® is Value 4UValue 4U, the Academy’s commitment to its Members, promises to provide you with the tools and resources you need to be successful, especially in today’s ever-evolving healthcare environment.Member Education Needs Assessment needs your inputBeginning this fall, the Foundation education program will begin its next Member Education Needs Assessment. It has been three years since the previous one and lots has been done in that time to address your recommendations and suggestions.Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM: Service and leadership awards presented at Annual MeetingThe Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award recognizes Members committed to practicing otolaryngology with compassionate, patient-centered care.From the OREBM Committee: Publications that may change your practiceThis month the Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Committee focuses on key publications highlighting data regarding management of uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) and recurrent acute rhinosinusitis (RARS) in adults.Temporal bone lab brings hearing hope to AfricaLike many aspects of life in West Africa, otolaryngology training is difficult. Unlike the U.S., where most otolaryngology residency programs have facilities to teach temporal bone anatomy and dissection, West Africa until recently has had only a single two-station lab located in Lagos, Nigeria.Temporal bone histopathology labs in danger of extinctionThe Bulletin is devoted to current topics and action items. Why then, might you say, is there a piece on the oldest of old things: human temporal bone histopathology research?Support valuable HTB researchDr. Michael Paparella has put his money where his mouth is as is outlined in his plea in the third column. He has begun a fund of $500,000 at the AAO-HNS/F dedicated to furthering HTB research. But even that apparently large sum is not enough to maintain the labs that we need.Reg-ent℠ and clinical practice improvementAs Regent’s data grows and new measures are added, the registry will become an excellent resource for Members seeking to engage in quality improvement within their practices. Regent’s Executive Dashboard enables clinicians and practices to track their performance, identify gaps in care, implement interventions to improve care, and then track improvements over time.Foundation launches open access journal, resident reviewer programThe landscape of scholarly publishing is evolving quickly, with new delivery mechanisms for research, innovative peer review models, and increasing integration of multimedia for a rich reader experience.American Otolaryngologists of Indian HeritageThe president and Board of Directors of the American Association of Otolaryngologists of Indian Heritage Inc. cordially invite you to attend AAOIH 39th Annual Dinner Meeting scheduled from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Sunday, September 18, at Aqua EF room in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.AAO-HNS/F committees earn Excellence AwardsThe Ethics, the Humanitarian Efforts, and the Rhinology and Allergy Education committees have received the Committee Excellence Awards. We thank these and all the committee participants for the extraordinary contributions made to the specialty.Board of Governors: Bring home the AcademyWhen I was a little boy, my grandmother always made sure that I took something home from the Memorial Day parade and barbecue in East Greenwich, RI. This could be a small flag, a copy of the Gettysburg Address (recited each year at the local cemetery), or a ball to play with.