Excellence, Education, Opportunities
When I was honored to serve as president, I laid out certain challenges and goals for our growing group to embrace in pursuing excellence in teaching and practice: (1) expand and strengthen the educational activities on both an inter-professional and international basis; (2) strengthen our national administrative and management capabilities by establishing our own fulltime staff, directed by an executive vice president; (3) strengthen the role of the AAFPRS in the overall activities of the AAO-HNS; (4) encourage and expedite development of certificates of special competence head and neck plastic surgery through the ABO-HNS; (5) expand and refine the role of teaching of head and neck plastic surgery in Academy programs and at the early postgraduate level by coordination with department chairs, program directors, and organizations; (6) actively seek ways and means to a meaningful positive relationship with related specialty groups, while vigorously developing policies to end disparagement of our specialty by any other individual or organization; (7) develop new revenue-producing projects to support expanding activities of the Academy, such as inter-disciplinary courses, technical surgical monographs, etc.; (8) provide assistance in learning and teaching of plastic and reconstructive surgery to resident physicians, to actively promote their interest in and support of eventual full membership in the AAFPRS; (9) seek to endorse and promote a high-level, positive public relations approach to alerting the public to the skills and training of the otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon; (10) promote to our specialty colleagues the advantages of fellowship in the AAFPRS.
It is gratifying to realize that after two decades of growth, essentially all of these stated goals have been achieved in one form or another. Each succeeding generation of AAFPRS leaders can claim success in the furthering of our goals of excellence in education and patient care.