General Assemblies Offer Members Information, Education, Connections
Each year, members of the international community and the Academy sections converge during the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience for General Assembly meetings and hosted networking events. These sessions give members the opportunity to learn about important initiatives, hear from speakers on issues of importance to their community, and recognize their peers. Mark your calendars accordingly!
(General Assemblies are listed in calendar order)
Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) and Young Physicians Section (YPS)
SRF General Assembly: 3:30 – 4:00 pm | Sunday, October 1 | Music City Center: Davidson Ballroom B
YPS General Assembly: 3:30 – 4:00 pm | Sunday, October 1 | Music City Center: Davidson Ballroom C1-C2
SRF/YPS Joint Lecture: 4:10 – 4:45 pm | Sunday, October 1 | Music City Center: Davidson Ballroom B
The Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) and the Young Physicians Section (YPS) will co-host a joint lecture and reception following their individual General Assemblies. Building Your Financial Future as a Young Physician will offer members practical tips on how to secure financial health in the beginning of their careers—a topic not often addressed in medical training.
YPS Chair Nikhila Raol, MD, MPH, and SRF Chair Jake J. Lee, MD, encourage members to attend the General Assemblies to hear highlights of the previous year, offer suggestions for the upcoming year, meet new leadership, and connect with other physicians, residents, and fellows-in-training.
Those who attend the SRF and YPS General Assemblies will receive a special wristband to attend the SRF/YPS Reception, which takes place 5:00 pm, Sunday, October 1, at Music City Center, and features cocktails and appetizers.
Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) General Assembly
11:45 am – 1:45 pm | Monday, October 2 | Music City Center: Ballroom A2
Gather at the Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) General Assembly to connect with and support women who have devoted their careers to their specialty and patients. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Laura Veltz will participate in a fireside chat, sharing thoughts about her journey in the music industry and discussing the universal challenges for women in business.
WIO Chair Minka L. Schofield, MD, will announce winners of the Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award, the Exemplary Senior Trainee Award, and the He for She Award. Learn more about the upcoming activities, programs, and resources that are available within WIO.
International Advisory Board (IAB) General Assembly
1:30 – 2:45 pm | Monday, October 2 | Music City Center: Davidson Ballroom B
This year’s International Advisory Board (IAB) General Assembly will celebrate global practice of the specialty and honor recipients of the 2023 AAO-HNSF international awards and grant programs. The International Day program will conclude with a lively reception at Acme Feed & Seed from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday evening for those who registered in advance. This is a ticketed item and admittance will only be allowed for those with pre-registered tickets.
“The IAB General Assembly represents the ‘voice’ of the international otolaryngology community,” said IAB Chair Sheng-Po Hao, MD. “It serves as an important platform for mutual communication among the international delegates, International Corresponding Societies members, and the AAO-HNSF.”
Otolaryngology Private Practice Section (OPPS) General Assembly (Formerly Private Practice Study Group)
4:45 – 6:15 pm | Monday, October 2 | Music City Center: Davidson Ballroom B
During Saturday’s Board of Directors meeting, the Private Practice Study Group (PPSG) was approved as an official Academy Section. The board renamed it to the Otolaryngology Private Practice Section (OPPS), and David E. Melon, MD, will serve as the new Chair. Members who attend the first OPPS General Assembly will learn about the study group’s prior achievements and review the new section’s strategic goals for the upcoming year.
“I’m excited and honored to have been part of the early stages of this transformative process, and I strongly encourage others to join,” Dr. Melon said. “Considering that more than half of the Academy’s members identify as private practitioners, it’s imperative to have a structured support system that fosters leadership, highlights synergies, and provides a collaborative network to navigate the complexities of private practice. This is crucial for preserving and strengthening the future of private practice in otolaryngology.”
The PPSG/OPPS will also hold Coffee Talks throughout the Annual Meeting, in which members can engage in discussion about the difficulties of simultaneously practicing medicine and running a business. View the Coffee Talks times and locations on the Annual Meeting mobile app.
“I am proud of what the PPSG has accomplished and how it has reinvigorated the private practice community of the AAO-HNS,” said current PPSG Chair Marc G. Dubin, MD. “More importantly, I am unbelievably excited to see the OPPS blossom under new leadership.”