Dear Friends,

This has been a year of amazing progress for SUO/AADO/OPDO which will be capped off with an outstanding program at our annual meeting in November.

We have fully transitioned management of our organizations to the American College of Surgeons allowing us to offer more value to our members via a more useful web site, on line registration, and on line dues payments as examples. Their full time support of our organizations and expertise in different management functions has allowed us to take on more projects at once than was possible in the past. We need to thank Dan Deschler and Doug Girod for the hard work they put into making this all possible.

You have certainly noticed that these are times of rapid change and great stress in academic medicine. Einstein reminded us that we cannot solve the problems we face today using the thinking from when we created them. We as a specialty and as academic physicians must innovate in order to continue our success in the future. The theme of this year’s program will be "Innovation: The Path to Progress." Highlights of the program include the use of social media in residency programs, new approaches to curriculum development and delivery, a review of the economic forces driving the changes we are experiencing, novel surgical teaching strategies, best practices in introducing quality improvement training, and use of simulation. A panel of residents led by Kara Davis from Pittsburgh’s program will be providing a resident perspective of their needs which should be very interesting and useful. As part of our continuing focus on diversity, we will have two panels, led by Troy Woodard, Howard Francis, and Marion Couch, offering their diversity task force recommendations for immediate and long-term actionable steps for progress in this area.

The annual SUO/AADO/OPDO meeting has consistently been my favorite and most useful otolaryngology meeting. The meeting excels in providing practical, relevant information that can be used to make immediate improvements, offering unparalleled academic networking opportunities, allowing involvement in shaping the specialty, and offering a setting to make great friends. There is not a nicer, more intelligent, and helpful group of people than our membership. Please join us for this exciting program. Tell your friends and colleagues about the meeting and encourage them to attend if they have not been regular attendees. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Scott Stringer, MD
 

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