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You Spoke, We Listened: Annual Meeting Features Several Format Changes

0807-OverviewMajor changes to the format and registration fee structure will make this year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠  more user-friendly for otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons, and all healthcare professionals in the specialty when they gather in Dallas, TX, September 27-30. This is a fully refocused design shift to increase the meeting’s value for all attendees.

For the first time, Miniseminars, Instruction Courses, and Scientific Oral Presentations will be presented concurrently, and attendees can attend any Instruction Course of their choice at no additional cost, as the registration fee now includes all 300-plus Instruction Courses. Previously, tickets to each course had to be purchased separately.

“Because of the format changes, we are offering more unopposed time in the morning and afternoon for committee meetings, visiting the OTO EXPO, and attending the Honorary Guest Lectures. We heard from attendees and members that they wanted this format, so we made changes to give them that opportunity,” said Johnnie White, Senior Director of the Education and Meetings Business Unit. He is referring directly to the Opening Ceremony’s theme: “You Spoke. We Listened.”

A number of enhancements have been added to presentations. For example, several Scientific Oral Presentations will include Masters of Surgery videos for the first time. The videos can provide a focus on the technical aspects of surgical techniques, which is an effective way for experienced surgeons to communicate their novel techniques, he said. These presentations with videos are noted in the online program.

The OTO EXPO again will feature Hands-on Training Sessions, which were introduced last year. The sessions will feature cadavers so attendees can participate in simulations of surgical procedures. Register to attend these sessions (seating is limited) on the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO website.

Also plan to visit the ENTConnect booth in the exhibit hall. ENTConnect is a private social network for AAO-HNS members to network and collaborate with colleagues. Sign up to join ENTConnect at the booth, which also will have makeup artists and photographers on Monday, September 28, and Tuesday, September 29, so you can take a professional photo for use on ENTConnect and for your personal use.

Other highlights of this year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting &OTO EXPO:

  • Pre-conference workshops will be presented Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26. The two-day “Coding and Practice Management Workshop” will address ICD-10 training, best practices in coding, practice management resources, and compliance planning to limit audit risk. The half-day “AAO-HNSF and AHNS Head And Neck Surgery Symposium for Residents and Fellows-In-Training” on Saturday, September 26, will focus on topics such as oral, laryngeal, and pharyngeal cancers, head and neck reconstructive surgery, and skin cancer. The “ACS Thyroid & Parathyroid Ultrasound Skills-Oriented Workshop” on Saturday, September 26, will include didactic and hands-on sessions that will introduce the practicing surgeon to office-based ultrasound examination of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
  • Honorary Guest Lectures will be presented in the morning and afternoon of Monday, September 28, and Tuesday, September 29, and attendees can earn CME credits by attending the sessions.
  • The John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics will be presented during the Opening Ceremony, starting at 8:30 am Sunday, September 27. Following the Opening Ceremony will be a Miniseminar on the new AAO-HNSF Qualified Clinical Data Registry, “The Power of Data: Creating a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.”
  • In Lobby D2, on Level 2 of the convention center, the Academy will have information and resource booths where staff can meet with Members. This area also will include a booth for the new registry and for AcademyU®, which is offering a new cutting-edge platform designed with your needs in mind.
  • Return of the “Best of Orals” session at 10:00 am Sunday, September 27, will feature the top original research from all of the nine specialty tracks.
  • The Board of Governors General Assembly holds its yearly elections and consideration of resolutions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday, September 28.
  • The WIO General Assembly will meet from 7:30 am to 9:30 am Monday, September 28; the SRF General Assembly will meet from 7:30 am to 9:30 am Tuesday, September 29; the YPS General Assembly will meet from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Tuesday, September 29.
  • All-day meal vouchers are available with a full registration, and they can be redeemed at concessions stands at the exhibit hall.