Thank You for Your Leadership
By every measure, the AAO-HNS/F 2016 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting was a success! We express our sincere gratitude to the nearly 200 participants for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend. For those unable to join us March 18-21, this newsletter is dedicated to the meeting highlights. We hope to see you next year – March 10-13, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia. Mark your calendar now!

ENT PAC on the Rise
Thanks to the generosity of more than 50 attendees, ENT PAC raised $26,000 during the Forum. ENT PAC Leadership Club Investors who donated $365+ were treated to a friendly competition and reception at TopGolf – a unique recreational experience. With a contested election year ahead, it is important for ENT PAC to financially support pro-otolaryngology candidates in their campaign efforts. If you have not done so already, please invest in ENT PAC today!*

Recognition Can Be Recruitment
During this year’s Forum, the Academy seized the opportunity to recognize those Members that go “above and beyond” on behalf of the specialty. The AAO-HNS has created “All-Star Advocate” and “State Tracker” ribbons to recognize and honor this commitment. To qualify for an “All-Star Advocate” ribbon, Members must volunteer for an I-GO event, receive The ENT Advocate, donate to ENT PAC, and be a key contact for PROJECT 535. As part of this effort during the Forum, we are pleased to have recruited more than 60 new Members to our legislative grassroots programs. If you are interested in becoming an All-Star Advocate or State Tracker, contact the Legislative Advocacy staff at govtaffairs@entnet.org.

Are We There Yet?
Earlier this month, the AAO-HNS set the audacious goal of recruiting 50 percent of the “key contacts” needed for PROJECT 535 by April 1. We are still a few Congressional districts short. Help us meet our goal by signing up today!




AAO-HNS Leaders Visit Capitol Hill

On Monday, March 21, AAO-HNS leaders went to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the specialty. Members briefed staff from key committees with jurisdiction over healthcare issues and members of the Congressional “Doc Caucus.” During these meetings, Academy Members outlined legislative and regulatory priorities of the specialty. Click here for more information on the issues discussed during the meetings.

How and What to Advocate
Julius W. Hobson, Jr. and Brian Shuy, from the office of U.S. Representative Andy Harris, MD, were guests for Monday’s advocacy sessions. Mr. Hobson provided an update on the landscape of the 2016 federal elections and how it may affect the future of healthcare. After providing a Congressional update, Mr. Shuy participated in an interactive session with several Academy members on the “do’s and don’ts” when meeting with a Member of Congress or their staff.

And the Winner Is...
For fun, the Legislative Advocacy booth held a mock election for President of the United States. The ballots contained all five of the current candidates from both political parties. With almost 90 votes cast, Hillary Clinton won 34 percent of the vote with John Kasich in second at 32 percent. Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump each received 10 percent of the vote. The remaining four percent included write-ins and “None of the Above.”

Time is Running Out for BOG Award Applications
The deadline for the BOG Model Society Award and Practitioner of Excellence Award nominations is Monday, April 4. Members interested in nominating themselves, colleagues, or societies, must fully complete the award application(s) and return to Academy staff at bog@entnet.org.

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