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Lunch with the Experts Provided Value

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Lunch with the Experts allows otolaryngologists to have one-on-one interaction with topic experts.

Getting 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 allowed attendees to eat lunch with otolaryngology legends and pick their brains.

The sessions lasted for one hour with up to a half-dozen people sharing a box lunch around a table inside the OTO Experience. In sessions over three days, 22 experts met with attendees who signed up before the Annual Meeting, quickly reserving all available space. After talking about everything from otology to robotic surgery to upper airway disease, they said they were pleased with the new program.

“I would say this was extremely beneficial,” said Abirk Bhattacharyya, MD, Whips Cross University Hospital, London, who discussed reflux and management of reflux with Albert L. Merati, MD, of the University of Washington School of Medicine. “You had one-to-one time with the world experts in your field, often to discuss topics that cannot be covered in didactic lectures or in larger groups.

“I think this session was extremely useful, even for some of the senior laryngologists. They had different opinions…different views, and it was more like a roundtable. We had people from Israel, from Indiana, and from London. So our table had an international flavor, which gave different perspectives to handle the same pathological entity.”

James P. Thomas, MD, voicedoctor.net, Portland, OR, is pleased that he participated.

“I come here for education, and this was another opportunity for it. I didn’t realize it was going to be quite as personal as this. I signed up not knowing what the setup was because it was something new,” he said. “It turned out to be pretty good, with interaction among colleagues and the expert.

“In past years, breakfasts with experts had been these big affairs with 600 people in the room—a lecture—and so that was my vision. I assumed it would be 50 people with an expert talking over lunch. It was more interactive.”

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