We talked a lot this year about mentorship, sponsorship, and building a professional network. Physician burnout became the “it” topic for 2018, and we covered it extensively. Our new recurring column on physician wellness that is being led by Julie Wei and Jennifer Villwock will continue in 2019. I think we all agree on the diagnosis, and awareness is widespread. Now, what are the next steps to ensure our wellness? I’m sure we will hear some great ideas in the upcoming year.
In the spring, we highlighted the fantastic scientific presentations at the Triological Society Combined Sections meeting and COSM. One of the highlights of the year for me was Dana Thompson’s inspirational talk at COSM on bias and diversity in otolaryngology. Implicit and explicit bias abound within academic medicine and have a definite presence in otolaryngology. It is an uncomfortable topic to write and talk about, but it is so important to address if we are to become a model specialty and profession. We talked about #MeToo in otolaryngology and, in 2019, we will shine a brighter spotlight on gender, racial, and thought inequities in academic medicine.
On the fun side, we began a regular column highlighting the really neat things otolaryngologists do in their free time. Titled “Surgeons After 7” (for our experienced colleagues who have moved on to second careers or have fun hobbies) and “Surgeons Before 7” (for our residents who did cool things before they became busy, not-so-cool residents), these features have become some of our most popular and downloaded articles.