The OTO Energy in Nashville
Notes from Daniel C. Chelius, Jr., MD, the Annual Meeting Program Coordinator.
Another incredible day is behind us in Nashville, and my heart is filled today having participated in and seen so many reunions, new connections, and energetic conversations in the halls of the Annual Meeting.
Just this morning after one of our sessions, I got to meet a new colleague who was seeking ways to bring her interest in wellness and work-life balance forward through the Academy. It is this kind of beautiful environment that allows those conversations to happen and will hopefully form the core of the work we do over the year to make the community ever stronger.
As we consider the true strengths of our Academy, the themes of conversations and community pervade so much of the progress we can make here together. And I was thrilled to see that on display in many venues today including the Crucial Conversations led by Albert L. Merati, MD. Having a chance to reflect thoughtfully with a broad community of expertise is the key to making progress, and there is nowhere we can do it better than here at the Annual Meeting.
Tuesday promises to be another great day. I was excited to go out for the OTOs on the Run again on Monday and might just go out for a run by myself on Tuesday morning for that beautiful Music City sunrise! Looking to find your own wellness Tuesday? There is the second Sunrise Yoga session that is happening at 6:30 – 7:30 am at the Music City Center on the Marty Dickens Terrace on Demonstraun Street.
The CME ENThusiasts Track was well attended throughout the day Sunday and Monday, and we will look forward to another exciting lineup of CME available every hour throughout the day on Tuesday.
A new offering this year, the Young Physicians Section is sponsoring Medical Student Poster Tours and is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other trainees and some mentors as you peruse some of the highlights in the Poster Hall.
The Office Hours at lunch on Tuesday will feature panels of world-class experts from the field of head and neck surgery, laryngology/broncho-esophagology, otology and neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, and sleep medicine/surgery.
Dana L. Suskind, MD will present the Cotton-Fitton Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Otolaryngology at 10:45 am, and Nancy M. Young, MD, will present the Howard P. House, MD Memorial Lecture for Advances in Otology at 2:15 pm.
Tuesday night we will see the third presentation of the ENTrepreneur Faceoff to explore what our colleagues are envisioning for the future of our field.
The Simulation Center will also be active on Tuesday with the ever popular course, Effective Management of Auricular Hematoma: Hands-On Experience with the Experts, returns this year as well as Ear Framework Creation for Microtia Reconstruction. There will be opportunities to learn and practice virtual surgical planning with a live-streamed presentation for either Maxillary Reconstruction at 8:00 am or Mandibular Reconstruction at 9:15 am. There is also the Simulating Tracheostomy Emergencies: Building Confidence and Competence at 4:45 pm that promises to equip attendees to handle one of the scariest situations we face. There will be opportunities to learn how to train and simulate emergencies in your office as well where we are the leaders of the emergency team.
The outstanding Expert Lectures and Panel Presentations and tons more science will also be present throughout the program on Tuesday.
As we are past the halfway point of the Annual Meeting, I hope we all get to take advantage of the time we still have here in Nashville to continue our connections together, to build our community, and to learn the best of our field.
Have a great Tuesday!