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AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠  Features Firsts

0926-OverviewAlmost 6,000 physicians and medical professionals attended the 120th AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, contributing to a total registration of more than 8,600. This year’s Annual Meeting featured many “firsts”—the first Legends in Otolaryngology Lecture, the first International Symposium, a new format for the Opening Ceremony, and the launch of RegentSM.

The Opening Ceremony set the tone for the entire meeting, with inspirational talks from AAO-HNS/F President Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, and keynote speaker Mae C. Jemison, MD. Attendees learned about the accomplishments made by Academy leaders and volunteers over the past year, and several videos demonstrated the meeting’s theme, “Value 4U. You Care for Patients. We Care for YOU.” Dr. Jemison, an engineer, physician, educator, and former astronaut who traveled on the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-47, encouraged the crowd to reach for the extraordinary.

The new Legends in Otolaryngology Lecture recognizes an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon who has made significant contributions to the specialty. In this inaugural lecture attended by almost 500 attendees, M. Eugene Tardy, Jr., MD, spoke on medical aspects of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

At the International Symposium, attendees were offered more than 20 education sessions presented by colleagues from around the world, providing a global perspective of challenges, treatments, and techniques.

Always a favorite event at the meeting, the John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics occupied an expanded time slot this year as a standalone session. This lecture attracted nearly 500 attendees and featured a panel of experts, including Susan D. McCammon, MD; Kevin McMains, MD; and Howard Francis, MD; and was moderated by G. Richard Holt, MD, MPH.

Dr. Holt began the session with a warm description of Dr. Conley: “Dr. John Conley was not only an internationally acclaimed head and neck oncologic surgeon, but also the “Father of Bioethics” in our specialty. He endowed four lectures in ethics and philosophy and a foundation for their study. During WWII, Major Conley learned and refined his innovative reconstructive surgical skills through his combat casualty care of wounded American service-members. Intellectually brilliant, Dr. Conley shared his passion for writing humanistic poetry through his “Vocal Painting” volumes.” The panel then discussed ethical perspectives of performing concurrent surgeries, professional self-regulation, multicultural competence, employment biases, and itinerant surgeries.

Seven hundred attendees attended the Miniseminar “The Future Is Now, Regent: The First Otolaryngology-Specific Clinical Data Registry” to learn about how the Foundation’s new registry can reduce the burden of quality reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, support measure development, inform alternative payment models, and assist with Maintenance of Certification.

Many of the sessions presented at the Annual Meeting are available on AcademyU® for CME credit. If you missed the meeting or a session, visit AcademyU to take advantage of these recorded sessions.

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