I am proud to serve as your ASPO President as we prepare for our 30th anniversary meeting in 2015 in Boston. At this year’s meeting, ASPO reached the milestone of over 500 members – impressive growth since the inaugural meeting in 1985. We would like the many graduates of pediatric otolaryngology fellowships who have not yet joined ASPO to consider joining this year- the application process is now completely electronic.
We are beginning our second year of the partnership with the American College of Surgeons Association Management Services. The website has an updated look, and it is now possible to log in and edit your profile and contact information, pay dues, and search the membership directory. We also are planning to upgrade the quality of the membership certificate, both for issuing to new members going forward and to make available to those who joined in recent years.
The Young Members Committee is an ad hoc committee started by Joe Kerschner 2 years ago. The Bylaws Committee is drafting a bylaws change to make this a permanent committee. It has proven to be a great way to engage our young members and tap into their energy and talent.
It has been several years since ASPO examined the workforce needs of pediatric otolaryngology. In the next 1-2 years, an Ad Hoc Workforce Committee, chaired by Dr George Zalzal, will collect data on the projected manpower needs and the projected number of graduates from pediatric otolaryngology fellowship programs.
I have also formed an Ad Hoc Awards Committee which is charged with creating a new type of award for pediatric otolaryngology fellows. Our fellows are conducting impressive research and other types of scholarly work, but it is difficult to prepare that work for submission after only 3-4 months of fellowship, and to showcase that work in only 250 words. The committee will work on a process to accept and review manuscripts (<10 pages) with a targeted deadline of January 1.
I encourage everyone who attended the 2014 meeting in Las Vegas to fill out the evaluation survey sent out by COSM. Your feedback is essential to continue to improve the meeting experience every year. I welcome your comments and suggestions for the coming year.
Marci Lesperance, MD
ASPO President 2014-2015