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Message from Immediate Past Division Chair

September 2021
by Peter Klein

ENT Immediate Past Division Chair

Thanks to all our members, officers, and volunteers for your fantastic efforts in 2020-21. What a year! Unlike last year’s sudden pivot to a virtual environment, we had a full year to get ready for the 2021 conference, and most of us are familiar with remote conferencing and networking. Thanks to our Program Chair April Franco and our PDW Chair Jon Carr for organizing a terrific program for Virtual AOM and to all of you who presented, discussed, attended, and networked.

What will AOM and the ENT Division look like going forward? Most of us are hoping for a return to a face-to-face conference in Seattle next summer. At the same time, we’ve developed new capabilities for remote interaction and collaboration. One of the Division’s goals over the past year and in the weeks to come has been to leverage these capabilities to deliver more value to you, the members, throughout the year. This includes continuing our virtual mentoring activities via the AOM Connect platform as well as our New Member Committee’s e-encounter program, enhancing our social media presence, and providing new content such as online seminars and workshops and a Meet the Scholar interview series. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with any of these efforts, please let one of us know!

Our 2021-22 Program Chair Jon Carr and PDW Chair Rachida Justo will be working hard to put on the best possible program for Seattle, including looking for ways to incorporate virtual pre- and post-conference elements that add value to the conference. Under the capable leadership of Division Chair Sarah Jack, Chair-Elect April Franco, and the rest of the team, the Division is in great shape!

 

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