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2016 Meeting Daily

September 21

  • AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠  News BriefsNews briefs from the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ . Read More
  • Preparedness the Key to Dealing with Mass CasualtyPhysicians train to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries, but they are still challenged when headline-grabbing mass casualty situations occur in their own backyard and overwhelm their support systems. Dealing with great tragedy goes beyond training and knowledge and requires organizational skills, innovation, endurance, emotional stability and compassion, and experience. Read More
  • Editors, Authors Offer Tips for Journal Reviewers, SubmittersThe parameters for submitting and reviewing journal manuscripts are complex and wide-ranging. In two Annual Meeting sessions, the editor-in-chief and deputy editor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, along with editors and authors from the publication, walked attendees through the ins and outs of accomplishing both. Read More
  • Primer on Business of Medicines residents approach completion of their otolaryngology training, they face a big decision. Should they remain in academia or go into private practice? Often, they do not have the tools to evaluate the practice situation that best suits their professional and lifestyle needs. Read More
  • Disability Takes on New MeaningThe term “disabled” conjures images of a debilitating injury or disease, but an increasing number of otolaryngologists are being disabled by age, burnout, or an emotional reaction to a poor outcome. Dealing with these issues in peers will be examined in a Wednesday Miniseminar sponsored by the AAO-HNS Patient Safety and Quality Improvement committee. Read More
  • Training a Key in Quality ImprovementSeveral healthcare reforms and education mandates are tied to patient safety and quality improvement (PSQI), yet institutions and practitioners have struggled to meet these requirements. Panelists at a Wednesday Miniseminar will present strategies to make quality improvement programs part of resident training and clinical practice to meet accreditation, regulatory, and reimbursement requirements. Read More
  • Foundation to Launch Open Access JournalThe 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. In light of these changes, the AAO-HNSF is excited to announce the launch of OTO Open, the Official Open Access Journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Read More
  • Treatments, Remedies Evolving for Difficult Nasal PolyposisOtolaryngologists often see chronic sinusitis patients with nasal polyposis. Through case scenarios of difficult patients, international experts in a Tuesday morning Miniseminar discussed how surgeons can better evaluate underlying disease processes and make determinations regarding treatments. Read More
  • Endocrine Disease Treatments ChangingRussell B. Smith, MD, sees the American Thyroid Association's (ATA) 2015 guidelines for the management of thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer in adults, released in January 2016, as a more conservative approach than what he saw in his training 20 years ago. Read More

September 20

  • VA Study Group Holds Inaugural MeetingApproximately 30 otolaryngologists working at Veteran Affairs Medical Centers around the country met for the first Veterans Administration Otolaryngologists Study Group on Sunday. Read More
  • Alumni Receptions Scheduled for Tuesday Evening

    The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM is a learning experience and a great time to renew or develop friendships with peers at Tuesday evening Alumni Receptions. The Alumni Receptions will take place from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel Sapphire Ballroom.

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  • Attend the International ReceptionAll registered international attendees and their spouses are invited to attend the International Reception from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm Tuesday at the San Diego Bayfront Hotel Sapphire Ballroom AB. Read More
  • Screenings at Local Head StartIn an effort to give back to the Annual Meeting host city, two otolaryngologists, three audiologists, and six audiology doctoral students participated in a hearing screening program for children at the San Diego Neighborhood House Association's (NHA) Webster Head Start location on Saturday. Read More
  • Lunch with the Experts Provides ValueGetting a little face time with an expert in your field of practice is one of the many networking options available during the Annual Meeting. The new Lunch with the Experts program allows attendees to eat lunch with otolaryngology legends and pick their brains. Read More
  • Counseling an Important Part of HPV TreatmentThe drastic increase in HPV-positive head and neck cancers means that otolaryngologists find themselves not only treating more infections and cancers but counseling patients about the sensitive topic of sexually transmitted infections. A Monday Miniseminar offered physicians answers to the uncomfortable questions they may face when talking to patients. Read More
  • Alternative Payment Models to Affect OtolaryngologistsReimbursement has entered a new era with the advent of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that has led to the development of new payment models. Read More
  • Endoscopic Approach Opens Up Middle Ear AnatomyIt has only been in the last decade that otolaryngologists have gained experience with middle ear endoscopic surgery. More recently the technique has gained popularity, especially with the dissemination of published articles, conferences, books, and encouraging surgical results on the topic. Read More
  • HPV Making More Otolaryngologists Act as CounselorsOtolaryngologists increasingly are treating and counseling patients on the ticklish subject of HPV-associated head and neck cancers. A Monday Miniseminar reviewed treatment, clarified how HPV infection is transmitted, and explored typical patient questions and how to address them. Read More
  • Multiple-Room Surgery Stirs Strong OpinionsMultiple-room surgery is a hot topic dominated more by opinion than data. That may change during a Tuesday Miniseminar when the results of a survey of otolaryngologists are released and discussed. Read More
  • OTOs on the Run Offers Camaraderie, View of the CityOTOs on the Run got off to a fast start Monday as 129 participants ran in the Annual Meeting's inaugural 5K race, and the physician-champion of the event said he hopes it will be back for next year's meeting in Chicago. Read More

September 19

  • WIO Section General AssemblyJoin Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) members and supporters for presentations from AAO-HNS leaders, a keynote speaker, section elections, and an awards presentation during the WIO General Assembly from 7:30 am-9:30 am Monday in Room 20D. Read More
  • Election on SRF General Assembly AgendaThe Section for Residents & Fellows-In-Training (SRF) General Assembly will feature presentations from AAO-HNS leaders, section elections, and an update of the annual SRF survey. The assembly is scheduled for 7:30 am-9:30 am Tuesday in Room 20D. Read More
  • YPS General AssemblyRobert H. Miller, MD, Executive Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology, will discuss “Maintenance of Certification,” and KJ Lee, MD, will present “Finances, Investments, and More” during the Young Physicians Section (YPS) General Assembly. Read More
  • Candidates to Speak at BOG Assembly MondayThe Board of Governors (BOG) General Assembly will meet from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm Monday in Room 20D. Read More
  • International Assembly Names OfficersDuring Sunday's AAO-HNSF International Assembly annual forum, attendees learned more about the new AAO-HNSF International Advisory Board (IAB). Read More
  • Attend Simulation Showcase MondaySee demonstrations of simulation programs developed by otolaryngologists at 28 institutions by attending a new event—the Simulation Reception and Showcase, from 5:30 pm-7 pm Monday at the San Diego Hilton Hotel Sapphire Ballroom MN. Read More
  • Simulation Field Trip Offers New PossibilitiesSimulation as an educational tool has evolved in recent years to become a vital element of most medical institutions. Saturday, a group of otolaryngologists experienced some of the latest advances in simulation at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical School and left with ideas to expand simulation education even more. Read More
  • Board of Governors: Physician Shares Pearls for Patient SatisfactionTo help otolaryngolgists gain a better understanding of how to measure and evaluate care, the Board of Governors held a Sunday morning Miniseminar, “Hot Topics: How to Survive and Succeed in Practice in 2016.” Read More
  • Cerumen Impaction Guideline Near PublicationCerumen impaction is a relatively benign condition that affects a lot of people—between 6 million and 18 million in the United States. Managing that many patients requires updated information. This information will be available when Clinical Practice Guideline: Cerumen Impaction is published early next year. Read More
  • The Business Side of a Medical PracticeMedical students and residents are exposed to a wealth of information about practicing medicine, but not so much about the business of practicing medicine. Speakers at a Monday Miniseminar will elaborate on some practical aspects of practice that residents may want to consider as they plan their futures. Read More
  • International Symposium Introduced to MeetingAAO-HNS/F has long been a global organization, but this year's Annual Meeting makes that more clear with the introduction of the International Symposium, an education track featuring 21 sessions based on abstracts submitted from outside the United States. Read More
  • Regent: Helping Improve Treatments, Practice

    Otolaryngology practices can join the AAO-HNSF RegentSM Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) now to put themselves in a position in the future to share practice data that can lead to treatment advances, demonstrate quality requirements for reimbursement, and ease the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.

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  • Keynote Speaker: Reaching for the StarsSince she was a child, Mae C. Jemison, MD, has endeavored to reach lofty goals, and it is no surprise that today she is leading an effort that reaches for the stars. The 100-Year Starship, an independent, long-term international initiative, seeks to ensure that the capabilities for human interstellar travel beyond our solar system to another star exist within the next 100 years. Read More
  • Opening Ceremony: Meeting the Challenges of ChangeTo meet the challenges of healthcare, the Academy is expanding its vision of people, places, and practice parameters. During Sunday's Opening Ceremony, those challenges were seen as helping fuel the value they add to the specialty. Read More

September 18

  • Attend the OTO Experience

    See the latest in products, services, and equipment for the specialty at the OTO Experience, featuring more than 250 exhibiting companies Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

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  • Three AAO-HNS/F Committees Receive Excellence AwardsThree AAO-HNS/F committees are the recipients of Committee Excellence Awards for contributing in ways that lead to the overall success of the AAO-HNS/F mission of empowering otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care. Receiving the awards are the Ethics, the Humanitarian Efforts, and the Rhinology and Allergy Education committees. Read More
  • General Assembly Meetings Schedules

    Three General Assemblies will hold meetings during the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM.

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  • Director to Discuss Research at Neel Guest Lecture

    The leader of NIH's efforts to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health, Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD, will deliver the first Honorary Guest Lecture of the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM Sunday.

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  • Visit the Advocacy Booth and Learn How to Give Voice to Your Profession

    Susan Cordes, MD, a longtime advocate for the work of otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons and their patients, wants AAO-HNS Members to visit the Advocacy Booth during AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM to see how actions at the state and federal level affect the practice of medicine.

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  • Biases Can Affect Patient InteractionDespite the emphasis among health care professionals to practice evidence-based medicine, cognitive and implicit biases can affect how they make decisions and interact with patients. A Monday education session will examine how to deal with those biases. Read More
  • Download the Annual Meeting Mobile AppThere is no better way to stay up to date with the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM than with the Annual Meeting mobile app. Read More
  • Miniseminar to Preview New Guideline for BPPVBenign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common vestibular problem treated by physicians. An AAO-HNSF panel has updated the BPPV clinical practice guideline, which is expected to be published early next year. The recommendations from the proposed guideline will be previewed in a Miniseminar Sunday. Read More
  • Rhinoplasty Clinical GuidelineAAO-HNSF has developed a clinical practice guideline for rhinoplasty that is expected to be published early next year, but a Sunday education session will offer a preview of its evidence-based recommendations to improve outcomes of the surgical procedure. Read More
  • Regent QCDR Ready for UsersLearn how to join the AAO-HNSF RegentSM Qualified Clinical Data Registry and how it will help improve patient outcomes during a special Miniseminar that will follow Sunday's Opening Ceremony. Regent was launched to the full membership on July 25. Read More
  • Keynote Speaker to Explore the Future of SpaceGet up to speed on the future of AAO-HNS and space exploration at Sunday's Opening Ceremony with AAO-HNS/F President Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, and a special keynote speaker. Read More
  • Meeting the Specialty’s NeedsWelcome to the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, which continues to change to meet the needs of attendees. This year's meeting offers new education options, non-ticketed education sessions, a simplified CME credit system, a revised shuttle bus schedule, and an updated mobile app with enhanced features. The OTO EXPO features more than 250 exhibiting companies. Read More