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OHNS News Summer 2016

Introduction from the Council Chair

As Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advisory Council for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, I would like to take this opportunity to update our otolaryngology ACS members on the activities of your council and the projects that we are working on along with our colleagues at the College.

Make sure to save the dates of our upcoming meetings.

Craig S. Derkay, MD, FACS
Editor and Chair
Advisory Council for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Advisory Council Updates

Dr. Denneny Elected to ACS Board of Regents

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate our otolaryngology colleague, James C. Denneny III, MD, FACS, FAAOA who has succeeded Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS on the ACS Board of Regents. Mark has concluded a nine-year run as a Regent culminating in his serving as the Chair of Board of Regents this past year. This is a tough act to follow but as a Past-President and current executive vice-president of American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), Dr. Denneny has the resume, people skills, bright ideas, and temperament to represent us well on the Board of Regents.

Register for Clinical Congress 2016

Registration for Clinical Congress 2016 is now open. Register today to take advantage of early-bird rates. Search sessions by track to see offerings of interest to otolaryngologists.

Monday, October 17
HPV-Related Cancers: Vaccinate Early, Screen Regularly! What Surgeons Should Know (PS104)
9:45–11:15 am

Contemporary Management of Salivary Gland Disease Sialendoscopy and Beyond (PS117)
2:30–4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 18
Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound in Practice: Improving Interpretation, Expanding Application (DEC15)
9:00 am–1:15 pm

Peri-Operative Calcium Treatment after Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery (PS212)
9:45–11:15 am

Update on Tracheotomy: Techniques, Pitfalls, Complications, and Safe Care at Home (PS222)
12:45–2:15 pm

Wednesday, October 19
Eyelid and Orbital Masses and Deformities: Diagnosis and Management (PS303)
8:00–9:30 am

Non-Bariatric Surgery in the Morbidly Obese (PS311)
9:45–11:15 am

Avoiding Disaster in Thyroid Surgery: Key Surgical Maneuvers (PS332)
4:15–5:45 pm

Thursday, October 20
Controversies in the Management of Thyroid and Parathyroid Cancer in Adolescents and Children (PS402)
8:00–9:30 am

Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (PS410)
9:45–11:15 am

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Dr. Parikh and Clinical Congress 2016

Our Program Committee Liaison, Sanjay Parikh, MD, FACS also deserves special recognition for his work on our behalf. Sanjay's experience in recruiting excellent content for the Otolaryngology Video Sessions and his networking through years of service as a leader in the Young Fellows group positions him well to serve our specialty for the next several years in creating interesting and educational material for the ACS Clinical Congress. His early success in this position is evidenced by the rich Otolaryngology content at the Clinical Congress 2015, which attracted 83 otolaryngologists, and the unprecedented number of Otolaryngology proposals approved for Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC.

Advisory Council Membership

Membership changes to the Advisory Council include the addition of Theda C. Kontis, MD, FACS, as the new American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery representative; Andrew H. Murr, MD, FACS, as the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery representative; Theodoros N. Teknos, MD, FACS, as the American Head and Neck Society representative; Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, representing the Society of University Otolaryngologists and Dr. Weissler as the new American Board of Otolaryngology representative. Our new Young Surgeon Representative is Lawrence M. Simon, MD, FACS, while the new ACS Resident and Associate Society representative is Nathan Vandjelovic, DO. Dr. Derkay is entering his second two-year term as Chair, with Dennis Kraus, MD, FACS, serving his second one-year term as Vice-Chair.

Otolaryngology Membership by the Numbers

We currently have 2,962 dues paying otolaryngologists as members of the College constituting 7.9 percent of the total membership. 342 of these members are female (11.5 percent). A specialty page on ACS benefits for otolaryngologists has been developed, and it includes a copy of the specialty flyer I'm an otolaryngologist. Why should I join ACS? Please share the value of ACS membership with your colleagues or partners who may not be ACS members, and distribute the flyer at your state and regional meetings to encourage other otolaryngologists to join our ranks.

Restructuring of the Advisory Councils

I served as part of a task force of Advisory Council Chairs formed to mimic the Board of Governors' (BOG) model of representative committees based on the five pillars of College activities. Each of the 13 Advisory Councils have nominated one person to the five pillar working groups. These groups will meet during the Leadership and Advocacy Summit in the spring and at the Clinical Congress in the fall in conjunction with their colleagues on the BOG and will report back to their respective Advisory Councils. The Advisory Council for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery representatives are:

  • Joseph Schrapf, MD, FACS (Communication)
  • Sanjay Parikh, MD, FACS (Education)
  • Alan Micco, MD FACS (Member Services)
  • Jeffrey Burns, MD, FACS (Quality)
  • Greg Randolph, MD, FACS (Advocacy)

Recent ACS Activities

The Aging Surgeon

The College's position statement regarding the aging surgeon was published in January. The statement includes validated assessment measures and a process for addressing concerns related to performance.

Concurrent and Overlapping Operations

Another somewhat controversial statement to come out this year was in reaction to the Boston Globe Spotlight series on concurrent surgery. A section on concurrent and overlapping operations is included in the ACS Statements on Principles. The ACS is currently in the process of expanding and clarifying its position this issue, which was recently addressed by ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, in his June 2016 Looking forward column.

Smoking Cessation

The ACS Quit Smoking Before Surgery Program, developed by the Surgical Patient Education Program, features a visually appealing, well-designed handout that will assist otolaryngologists in meeting the PQRS requirement regarding providing counseling on smoking cessation. Our Advisory Council has been well represented on the Patient Education Committee by Dennis Kraus, MD, FACS, and under his leadership, an initiative has been completed to produce a tracheotomy toolkit for our patients.

Children's Surgery Verification Program

A collaborative initiative between the ACS and the Task Force for Children's Surgical Care has resulted in standards intended to help optimize surgical care for pediatric and children surgical patients. A pilot verification program, launched in the first quarter of 2015, allows the voluntary evaluation of interested centers, after which a verification report is issued. More information on the Children's Surgery Verification Program is available on the ACS website.

2016 Leadership & Advocacy Summit Recap

Dr. Kraus represented our Advisory Council at the Leadership portion of this year's summit and Craig Derkay at the Advocacy portion. Comprehensive legislative updates and advanced advocacy training were part of the meeting's programming. Larry Sabato, election analyst and author, and Chris Matthews, talk show host and American political commentator, gave keynote speeches that provided insight into the current political landscape. The summit also provided an opportunity for the Advisory Council Pillars and the Board of Governors Pillars to convene, and it provided a forum for attendees to interact with other state society members.

Medical Student and Resident Involvement in the College

Members of our Advisory Council will be participating in a “meet and greet” reception for medical students attending Clinical Congress. In a format that is similar to speed dating, prospective otolaryngologists get the opportunity to ask questions of Advisory Council members about our specialty.

Scholarships and Awards

Among the $1.895 million in scholarships, fellowships, and awards offered by the ACS, there are specific opportunities for otolaryngologist awardees:

ACS/AAO-HNS Health Policy Scholarship

The 2016 ACS/AAO-HNS Health Policy Scholarship was awarded to Alex J. McKinlay, MD, FACS, Fort Hood, TX, who attended the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The intensive one-week program equips health leaders with the knowledge and skills essential for creating innovative and sustainable solutions to improve the quality, cost effectiveness, and efficiency of health care service delivery, and participating in health care policy and reform.

ACS/Triological Society Award

The ACS/Triological Society Clinical Scientist Development Award is a competitive grant program to provide supplemental funding to otolaryngologists–head and neck surgeons who have received a new National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08/K23) or have an existing award with a minimum of three years remaining in their funding period.