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Three AAO-HNS/F Committees Receive Excellence Awards

Three 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.

Ethics Committee
“The committee represents a diverse demographic with a wide range of ages, specialties, and cultural backgrounds, as well as content knowledge of the fields of organizational ethics, clinical ethics, and academic bioethics that is broad and deep,” Susan McCammon, MD, committee chair wrote in the award application. “They have given tirelessly of their expertise and time in research-complicated topics that have been identified as critical by the Academy leadership.”

A highlight of its work was a review of the Expert Witness Testimony Policy. The committee’s recommendations, including a comprehensive plan to address education and compliance, were approved by the AAO-HNS/F Board of Directors.

The Ethics Committee also expanded its efforts to collaborate with other committees and submit to a wider spectrum of specialty areas, while offering paired mentorship for resident members interested in participating in the development of Miniseminar submissions.

Humanitarian Efforts Committee
The committee had very ambitious goals for this year, and due to the dedication of our members, we were able to meet all of our goals,” Susan Cordes, MD, committee chair, wrote in the award application.

Working with staff, the Humanitarian Efforts Committee established a humanitarian forum on ENTConnect, and committee members regularly post to the forum.

The committee also formed three work groups. One group reviews resident/fellow travel grant applications and revised the travel grant application and instruction form. A second group focused on scholarly output by soliciting Annual Meeting submissions for the committee and changing the format of the Humanitarian Open Forum at the Annual Meeting. The third group worked on the website and developed an interactive map and database of the humanitarian efforts of Academy members.

Rhinology and Allergy Education Committee
“We went into this year with 12 separate projects based on the gap analysis completed last year, not including Home Study Course, Rhinology and Allergy Review Instruction Course, nor contributions to our Faculty Development courses,” Brent Senior, MD, committee chair, wrote on the award application.

Richard V. Smith, MD, AAO-HNSF coordinator for education, wrote that the committee contributed “to the successful build and launch of the new AcademyU® learning platform and developing high-quality education.”

In addition, the committee has developed or is developing 47 rhinology and allergy education activities for AcademyU®.

“Committee members are incredibly responsive and eager to dedicate their time and resources to the committee and its activities in producing quality material for AcademyU,” Dr. Senior wrote in the application.

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