www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectAugust 2019 – Vol. 38, No. 7Where Experts and Science Converge: The OTO ExperienceThe OTO Experience features nearly 1.5 acres of a comprehensive display of products and services from device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, surgical instrument suppliers, electronic medical record (EMR) systems, waiting room solutions, financial management firms, and more. All products and services are designed to help you improve patient care.Leading EdgeCompetency in otolaryngologyIt’s not too late to register for our Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The 20th anniversary of our last meeting in New Orleans promises to be a spectacular program in a renovated city known for its fine dining and good times for allJames C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOThe universal bond of educationWhen I consider the incredible diversity of folks at our AAO-HNS/F meetings, I am reminded of a quote from Freya Stark. When reflecting upon the various people she had come across in her travels, she wrote, “love of learning is a pleasant and universal bond, since it deals with what one is and not what one has.” There is a remarkable and appealing meritocracy in our passion for teaching and learning.Albert L. Merati, MD AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentDisaster preparedness for your medical practiceRecent fires, hurricanes, and floods nationwide have highlighted the importance of planning for disasters. A checklist can provide the framework for a comprehensive disaster plan. The checklist should include:Sudden Hearing Loss (Update)“Sudden hearing loss is a frightening symptom for patients that can dramatically decrease their quality of life. Prompt recognition and management of sudden sensorineural hearing loss may improve hearing recovery and quality of life…”Annual Meeting wellness activities for happiness and healthGet your body moving and jump-start your New Orleans experience with a sunrise yoga session on Sunday, September 15.Why are you attending #OTOMTG19?“It’s indeed a pleasure to attend this event. I think this is the best conglomeration of experts in our field in the whole world! One of the most well-planned and well-curated scientific programs.The Philippine Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: T- plus 63 years and counting…The Philippine Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (PSO-HNS) has had its share of adversity before attaining the stature it now enjoys.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.Eric P. Wilkinson, MD New Millennium Society Lifetime DonorThe AAO-HNS foundation is pleased to recognize Eric P. Wilkinson, MD, who recently became a Millennium Society Lifetime Donor through his generous donation to the Annual Fund. Dr. Wilkinson first became a Millennium Society Donor in 2011 as a young physician.Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about the Reg-ent registry at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention CenterAttend the Monday morning Reg-ent panel presentation, which will highlight the latest outcome of discussions for expanding Reg-ent’s capabilities through a partnership which provides financial support and resources for revenue and nonrevenue projects, including academic research, publishing, accelerating trials, and FDA projects.Navigating the payment system as a private practitionerAfter completing my residency in 1988, I moved to the Dallas metroplex to begin a solo private practice. As residents, we were not given any real training in how to begin and succeed in a private practice. Setting up an office, contracting, billing, scheduling, and collecting were all things we had to learn to do.Advocacy report: State of the statesFollowing the historic 2018 elections, this year’s state legislative climate promised to be eventful. With a record number of bills introduced, it has proven to be exactly that. Here is a snapshot of the state legislative activity during the first half of 2019:AAO-HNS members assume leadership positions in AMA House of Delegates and Board of TrusteesAcademy member, Bruce A. Scott, MD, was elected as the new Speaker of the AMA House of Delegates in June 2019. Previously, he served as Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates and member of the AMA Board of Trustees.AAO-HNSF Joint Meeting in the Middle EastThe first Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and the Middle East Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation took place April 26-28, 2019 at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.We are better togetherIn 2018, AAO-HNS/F debuted the “We are One” campaign and brand. According to James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO, “It will take a concerted effort by all participants in the healthcare delivery system as well as the patients to create a focus on the high-quality care that this country’s citizens deserve.Rhinology recapGreetings from the American Rhinologic Society. We just completed the RhinoWorld Chicago 2019 meeting during the first week of June, and it was a great success—five days of the best of rhinology and related fields. This meeting brought the world of rhinology to the United States, as the cohosts were the American Rhinologic Society (ARS), the International Rhinologic Society (IRS), and the International Society on Infection and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN).Five questions to ask your administratorYou have established your practice’s leadership team—physician and administrator. The administrator has the knowledge and skillset to manage the business side of things so that you can focus on what you do best: treating patients.Otology in KenyaSince 2011, Matthew L. Bush, MD, PhD, an attending otolaryngologist from the University of Kentucky Otolaryngology Department, has traveled to Kenya biannually to assist John Ayugi, MBChB, MMED, a staff otolaryngologist at the University of Nairobi, in establishing an otologic surgery program at the university.Get involved to support women in the specialtyThis past Memorial Day weekend, the other members of our department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, attended the Gulf States Region Otolaryngology Conference in Pointe Clear, AL.2019 BOG Candidate StatementsWhat is the greatest challenge our specialty is currently facing and how would you advocate for action through member engagement?BOG AwardsReceiving the 2019 Board of Governors’ (BOG) Model Society Award is the Virginia Society of Otolaryngology (VSO).In memoriam: Jerome C. Goldstein, MDA native of upstate New York, Jerome C. Goldstein, MD, led a distinguished career within the house of medicine as a surgical specialist focused on patient care, a trailblazer in the education of physicians, and an administrative leader, setting the course for the future of the otolaryngology-head and neck specialty.New life and 30-year members“On behalf of all AAO-HNS members and the Board of Directors, I offer my congratulations to the following members who have earned lifetime status with the Academy and those celebrating 30 years of membership in 2019.”2019 AAO-HNS election resultsThe AAO-HNS extends its greatest appreciation to the candidates of the 2019 election for their dedication and willingness to run for office and serve the AAO-HNS and its members.