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Jan. 8, 2009
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New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Future of Your Practice
Make 2009 the year you become a leading advocate for your practice! Join us for the Joint Surgical Advocacy Conference (JSAC) in Washington, DC, on March 22-24, 2009. Visit for more information.

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In the Press

Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
from The Washington Post
The proportion of people taking widely prescribed oral osteoporosis drugs who develop a nasty jaw condition may be much higher than previously thought, a new study suggests. More

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A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke’
from The New York Times
Third-hand smoke is a new term being used to describe the invisible yet toxic brew of gasses and particles clinging to smokers’ hair and clothing, not to mention cushions and carpeting, that lingers long after second-hand smoke has cleared from a room. The residue includes heavy metals, carcinogens, and even radioactive materials that young children can get on their hands and ingest, especially if they’re crawling or playing on the floor. More

One Implant Made an Impact. Might Two Do Even More?
from The Washington Post
Parents make a tough decision regarding bilateral cochlear implantation. Despite the threat of disapproval from some members of the deaf community who do not see deafness as something that needs to be fixed and possible surgical complications, the family moved forward with the operation. More

Academy News

Save the Date for the Spring BOG Meeting – March 21-22, 2009
The Board of Governors (BOG) spring meeting will be held from March 21-22, 2009, immediately prior to the Joint Surgical Advocacy Conference (JSAC). Saturday’s meetings will be held in the Academy’s new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. On Sunday, the BOG meetings will shift nearby to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Washington, DC, the venue for the JSAC. This is an event not to be missed! For additional information please visit the BOG’s page on the Academy website . Registration will be opening soon and we look forward to seeing you in March. Please contact Richard Carson with any questions at

BOG Sponsors Resident Leadership Grants!
The AAO-HNS BOG is offering grants to residents interested in attending this year’s BOG Spring Meeting (March 21-22) and the Joint Surgical Advocacy Conference (March 22-24). Recipients will receive up to $350 to help defray the costs associated with registration and travel to attend both meetings. Applications and more detailed information will be available soon on our website and in future editions of The News. If you have any questions, please contact Member Services at

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Cochrane Systematic Review Travel Grants Available
AAO-HNS/F leadership and Elsevier, publisher of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, have identified a need to train otolaryngologists in the conduct and publication of systematic literature reviews. Systematic reviews serve as the foundation for evidence-based practice guidelines, clinical performance measures, and maintenance of specialty certification. The Cochrane Collaboration is the world leader in evidence summaries of healthcare interventions.

Three travel grants will be offered for the 17th Cochrane Colloquium in Singapore, October 11-14, 2009. Applicants must be members of AAO-HNS; residents are not eligible. For requirements, see the January 2009 issue of the Bulletin, or email:


Authors James B. Snow Jr., MD, FACS and P. Ashley Wackym, MD, FACS, FAAP
Publisher PMPH USA

Ballenger’s was first published in 1908. It has appeared in 10 languages and sold 150,000 copies worldwide. Over two-thirds of the authors are new to this edition. The editorial leadership for the 17th edition has been expanded to include P. Ashley Wackym as Editor, and it includes 101 chapters (increased from 67) with sections on otology and neurotology, rhinology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatric otorhinolaryngology, laryngology and bronchoesophagology, head and neck surgery and increased emphasis on molecular medicine. The book is a unique blend of state-of-the-art clinical techniques, methods and outcomes together with coverage of basic mechanisms and science. To order, contact, Order today!

Academy Offers Comments to DME MAC Regarding LCD on CPAP
On December 22, 2008, the Academy, with the help of the Sleep Disorders Committee, sent comments to the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MAC) regarding their proposed Local Coverage Determination (LCD) on the Positive Airway Pressure Devices (CPAP). For more details on our comments, contact the Health Policy department at 1-703-535-3727 or

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Upcoming Audio Educator Webinars
The next Audio Educator webinar, “Secrets for Enhancing Your ENT Revenue with an Office-Based CT Scanner," is scheduled for January 14, 2009. The instructor, Jolene Eicher, will review the benefits of Care CT imaging, 11 big mistakes practices make with CT-scan staffing, and billing checklist for in-house CT exams. AAO-HNS members get a 15% discount off the course registration fee. Click here to enroll.

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  International Update

MISSIONS 2009: Peru
April 25 – May 2, 2009
Physicians and support personnel needed. After your arrival in Peru, the medical/dental team will work at local health clinics in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will provide general medical and dental care to the indigenous population.

After providing patient care, there will be time to take the train to explore the famed ruins of Machu Picchu. This is not a demanding mission, but because of the altitude, you should be in good physical condition. Space is limited to 14. To learn more, please contact Dr. Gathercoal at

Tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and laryngoscopy cases are made safer and faster using the ENTSafety System

The ENTSafety System allows prudent surgeons to eliminate the mayo stand as an improvised support and bring organization and efficiency to the surgical field. The System decreases procedure cost while increasing patient safety. More

Get Involved! Apply for an Academy/Foundation Committee
Interested in serving on a committee? The opportunity to apply is here! 2009 committee applications are now being accepted. Act now; the deadline for submission is February 2, 2009.

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Get a Well-Made Lab Coat for Less Through AAO-HNS
Doc’s Duds, an Academy Advantage partner, is offering great deals on its beautifully made and classically styled lab coats throughout the month of December. AAO-HNS members can take an additional 10% off their entire purchase. Simply enter the code “AAOHNS” in the coupon code box at checkout. Browse their wide selection of styles and colors here.

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