www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectJuly 2017 – Vol. 36, No. 6Research and Quality: Creating the tools you needThe AAO-HNSF Research and Quality Business Unit comprises the following key Foundation initiatives: the Reg-ent℠ Clinical Data Registry; Quality Measures Development; the Guidelines Task Force (Clinical Practices Guideline and Clinical Consensus Statement development, implementation, and dissemination); and the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program.Leading EdgeEmbracing future learning todayA fast-moving technological landscape is changing how learning takes place. The rise of learning technology has spawned the evolution of acquiring knowledge and skills to a type of learning delivery that can be done anytime, anywhere, and is “learner-centric” rather than teacher-based.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOThe Academy familyFamily is the core element in our lives. Family provides meaning to our work. Family provides strength. I would not be here without my family.Gregory W. Randolph MD, AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentContinuing advancementA special thank you to our members and their practices for your commitment to Reg-ent in 2016, our inaugural year for the registry. After an initial pilot group of 22 practices committed to Reg-ent in the first half of the year, Reg-ent opened to all members in July, with the majority of members joining Reg-ent during September. Since then, there has been no looking back!Guideline Task Force releases updates and new productsThe AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) and Clinical Consensus Statement (CCS) program continues to thrive. We’ve completed multiple five-year CPG updates, created several new products, released the much-anticipated CCS manual, and welcomed new methodologists into our fold.Congratulations to the 2017 CORE granteesView a pdf of the 2017 CORE grantees.CORE updateThe Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program plays a critical role in advancing the field of otolaryngology by providing support to research projects, research training, and career development.AAO-HNSF spearheads measures developmentAs otolaryngologists, we must take the lead in defining the meaning of “quality care” for the specialty. The development of evidence-based products by otolaryngologists for otolaryngologists is needed to meet the demands of government and private payers, accrediting bodies, and in partnership with the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto), to meet the requirements for maintenance of certification.Global surgery data reporting requirements begin July 1Starting July 1, select practitioners are required to report on post-operative visits finished during the global period for 293 specified procedures.Out of Committee: The future of vocal fold injectablesAs the healthcare field continues to be shaped by the pressures of cost containment, efficiency, quality, and safety, otolaryngologists should expect to be influenced by the same factors. A key point where these forces intersect is in the management of vocal fold paralysis, particularly in the outpatient setting.State Trackers: above and beyond volunteerismThe AAO-HNS State Tracker program connects advocacy-minded physicians with specialty-impacting legislation in their state. By monitoring daily legislative reports, State Trackers can quickly alert the Academy if assistance is needed on potentially harmful legislation. In addition, these physician leaders serve as an important point of contact between the Academy, state medical societies, and state otolaryngology societies.Board of Governors | Health literacy and patient safety: Assuring quality communicationEnsuring clear, effective communication in the clinician-patient encounter is pivotal to quality of care, patient satisfaction, and patient safety.Annual Meeting previewAAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is right around the corner, and registration is open!AAO-HNS Career Fair provides opportunity for face-to-face networkingThe AAO-HNS Career Fair, hosted by ENT Careers and Health eCareers, will take place at 6:00 pm, Monday, September 11, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel during the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.AAO-HNSF gives backThe AAO-HNSF is proud to be partnering with Cradles to Crayons in Chicago during this year’s Annual Meeting to give back to those in our host city. Cradles to Crayons focuses on children ages 12 and under, who are homeless or living in low-income homes and need a helping hand.Presidential CitationsThe Presidential Citations are given to individuals who have had a profound influence on the AAO-HNS/F president’s life and otolaryngology. President Gregory W. Randolph, MD, has selected the following individuals for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Academy and Foundation.