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Special Spotlight on COVID-19 Series: Available On Demand

The Academy developed a series of late-breaking presentations with ties to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to both current and future practice models for otolaryngologists. “The topics selected for the series mirror the focused efforts of the Academy in providing guidance, support, and resources to the global otolaryngology community during the time of this pandemic. We are confident that the five presentations listed below will bring immediate and long-term value to you in your practice,” said James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F Executive Vice President and CEO.

If you missed the live events, they will be available in the on-demand library of education content within 72 hours following the presentation.

 

The Future of Telemedicine in Otolaryngology

Douglas M. Hildrew, MD, (moderator); Erika A. Woodson, MD; Larry E. Simone, MD; Maura Farrell

Our Telemedicine Committee was reactivated last year and has had an extremely active first year under the leadership of Chair Douglas M. Hildrew, MD, also the moderator of this panel. The pandemic necessitated an urgent adoption of telemedicine by otolaryngologists, who as a group were relatively inexperienced using the technology. The panel reviewed lessons learned from that experience as well as the need for improved technology, how telemedicine fits into existing and future payment systems, and how it can increase access to specialty care. Read more about this session HERE.

 

The Current Status of COVID-19 Testing, Transmission, and Immunity

Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, (moderator); Joel Selanikio, MD; Florian Krammer, MD; Lisa Maragakis, MD 

This panel, moderated by Dr. Kazahaya, Chair of the Infectious Disease Committee, featured our Opening Ceremony keynote speaker, Joel Selanikio, MD. They reviewed the current status of testing, including types of testing, availability, reliability, and potential future testing options. Panelists also discussed the different strains of the coronavirus and the effect of mutation on transmission and severity of disease, as well as the development and effectiveness of immunity. They also offered their thoughts on the upcoming winter and spring as it relates to disease penetrance. Dr. Kazahaya and his elite panel discussed the transmission of the virus as well as community considerations following infection and what that may mean for vaccination. Read more about this session HERE.

 

The Future of Otolaryngology Practice

Gavin Setzen, MD, (moderator); Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD, MBA; Sonya Malekzadeh, MD; James C Denneny III, MD

The “Future of Otolaryngology” Task Force, chaired by Dr. Setzen, has been extremely active during the pandemic and provided our membership with timely updates and resources such as “Guidance for Return to Practice for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.” The Task Force has also been looking at all aspects of current practice, how the pandemic has changed practice now and ways to help shape how they will evolve in the future. Panelists reviewed their thoughts on how future practice models will look, including consolidation, the future of the regulatory and payment environment, and the future of education and training and workforce issues. Read more about this session HERE.

 

Shifting Sands: The COVID-19 “Science” That Informs ENT Practice in the Fog of War

C.W. David Chang, MD, (moderator); Michael J. Brenner, MD; Emily Stoneman, MD; Brian A. Moore, MD 

The healthcare crisis precipitated by the rapid spread of COVID-19 created the need for timely information across the medical community worldwide. This resulted in an avalanche of “scientific publications,” all with the intent of informing colleagues and improving care. Not all these publications were “created equal” in terms of scientific rigor and accuracy. Dr. Chang, Co-chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee, moderated a panel that took a critical look at the literature produced and the process necessary to assess the value. Panelists also looked at alternative pathways that may be more effective in future times of need. Read more about this session HERE.

 

Well-being: It’s Time for a 360° Approach

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 am (ET)

Jo A. Shapiro, MD (moderator); Renee Ostertag, MD; David J. Brown, MD 

Physician stress and burnout has been a recognized problem for the past several years and has received a great deal of attention and study. This year the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent social unrest have acted as multipliers to the preexisting conditions facing physicians and the entire healthcare team. Dr. Shapiro moderates this panel as they take a full 360° look at the situation and how effective intervention can help mitigate symptoms and improve your health during this troublingly uncertain time.  If you miss this live event, it will be available in the on-demand library of education content within 48 hours following the presentation. Read more about this session HERE.

 

 

 

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