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

A longtime advocate for the work of otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons and their patients, Susan Cordes, MD, strives to show members how actions at the state and federal level affect the practice of medicine.

“If we do not have a voice in government, decisions will be made without our input,” said Dr. Cordes, chair of the Board of Governors Legislative Affairs Committee.“ Most likely, we’re then not going to be happy with the decisions. We have to be a part of the process if we want it in any way, shape, or form to be something that is beneficial for us and our patients.”

She encourages AAO-HNS Members to learn more about the Academy’s legislative, political, and grassroots initiatives by visiting the Advocacy Booth during the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, where staff from the Member Networks and Legislative Advocacy team will be on hand Sunday, September 18, through Tuesday, September 20. Members also are welcome to visit the Satellite Advocacy Booth, which will be open on Saturday, September 17, during the Board of Governors meetings at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Stop by the booths to:

  • Receive updates on state and federal legislation impacting your practice and your patients
  • Join the ENT Advocacy Network for timely updates on political and legislative issues affecting the specialty and receive a free subscription to a monthly e-newsletter, The ENT Advocate
  • Volunteer to be a “state tracker” for the specialty
  • Learn how to participate in the BOG-sponsored PROJECT 535 initiative and how to become an All-Star Advocate for the specialty

Dr. Cordes, chief of surgery at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, Ukiah, CA, and volunteer associate professor of surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, said she has seen the fruits of the Academy’s advocacy efforts.

“The sustainable growth rate was repealed, and that was something our Academy and countless other physician organizations and physicians advocated for over many years. It was a flawed formula that left us wondering whether we were going be able to afford to take care of Medicare patients, so that was a huge win,” she said.

The Academy’s PROJECT 535 will pair members with lawmakers in each Congressional district, ultimately improving outreach and influence when Congress debates issues that affect the specialty. The project is recruiting a key contact member to pair with each U.S. Senate and House seat, for a total of 535 members.

“With member involvement in PROJECT 535 increasing, we are assuring that every Member of Congress hears our message because they each will have a local otolaryngologist assigned to them,” Dr. Cordes said.

When you stop by one of the booths to learn about the breadth of advocacy efforts, be sure to grab a bag of ENT PAC/Grassroots M&M’s—the meeting’s most popular snack—as well as check out this year’s new fun giveaways exclusively for our key advocates.