Dear ASPO Members,
We recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology in Boston. The dawn of the Society marked a humble beginning of my own journey in Pediatric Otolaryngology. In 1985, I left for Pittsburgh to be under the tutelage of Charles Bluestone and Sylvan Stool—today I stand on the shoulders of giants to lead the Society in this coming year.
My vision is simple and revolves around two intertwined issues: education and ASPO membership enhancement. With respect to education, the upcoming Family Webinar Series is first on the docket—we aim to educate parents on important topics in pediatric otolaryngology, in collaboration with the AAP. Second, we will restart the fellows’ webinar series. Finally, we will establish a summer CME program in pediatric otolaryngology for members, general otolaryngologists, and pediatricians.
As for membership enhancement, I look forward to upgrading the ASPO website to better serve you. For example, a new “find your closest pediatric otolaryngologist” function will be added to the website in the near future, so that you can more easily serve your community. Additionally, the Family Webinar Series will be prominently featured, and a chat room established to improve communication between ASPO leadership and its constituency.
If you know of ways to improve ASPO, please email me and I will do my best to respond promptly and take action. Thank you for the trust you have bestowed on me as your President this coming year.
I hope to see you at the next annual meeting in Chicago (May 20-22).
Kenny H Chan, MD
President, ASPO, 2015-2016