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Attendees Transformed, Thrived Together During AAO-HNSF 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM

More than 8,200 attendees from more than 80 countries attended the annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

More than 8,200 attendees from more than 90 countries attended the Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

This year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM proved to be yet another success, with numerous distinguished speakers, valuable education opportunities, and other memorable experiences in Orlando, Florida.

Attendance for the meeting exceeded 8,200 people and members traveled to Orlando from nearly 90 countries. The conference included more than 1,200 speakers along with nearly 400 original poster presentations. The OTO EXPOSM hosted more than 250 exhibitors.

During Sunday’s Opening Ceremony, AAO-HNSF President Richard W. Waguespack, MD, presented a surprise presidential citation to David R. Nielsen, MD, who is retiring after 13 years as the Academy’s executive vice president and CEO. Rosemary Gibson, senior advisor to The Hastings Center and editor for JAMA Internal Medicine, delivered the John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics, speaking about stewardship in healthcare spending.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing, if historical trends in spending persist, by 2082 we’ll be spending 99 percent of our gross domestic product on healthcare,” she said.

Also on Sunday, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine won the 2014 AAO-HSNF Academic Bowl. It beat State University of New York-Health Science Center, Brooklyn, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and Naval Medical Center (Portsmouth).

“The residents were really close there for a while, and then they separated rapidly,” said Mark K. Wax, MD, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR, who moderated the event. “There were some easy questions; there were some impossible questions. The residents had a good time.”

On Monday, Susan Miller, PhD, delivered bits of confidence-building wisdom during her Women in Otolaryngology talk, “Presenting Your Best Self.”

“We make that first impression within a tenth of a second,” she said. “It’s really important that we make that impression well and powerfully.”

On Tuesday, professor Sheng-Po Hao, MD, FICS, delivered the Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer, speaking about nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC).

“NPC is a unique malignancy with an endemic distribution among certain well-defined ethnic geographic groups,” he said. “It is one of the most common head and neck cancers among the Chinese population, but is a rare cancer among Caucasians in Europe and North America.”

Several otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons from around the world gathered Tuesday to learn from each other during the Miniseminar “Global Health 2014: Academy Around the World.”

“We’re all in this boat together,” Moderator James E. Saunders, MD, said following the presentations. “The problems ‘over there’ are really the problems that we have here as well. I think all of this wraps together with the Annual Meeting theme of ‘Transforming. Thriving. Together.’”