“The founders of the Triological Society felt there was a need to reunify this specialty and share the scholarly advances of specialists in the areas of laryngology, rhinology, and otology,” said Dr. Beatty. The organization was also created to prevent too much fragmentation within the specialty. Edward B. Dench, MD, the first president of the Triologial Society, said, “The trend toward subspecialization is threatening to degrade the entire profession, especially in those cases where it encouraged dissatisfied generalists simply to declare themselves expert in certain disciplines.”
Dr. Beatty said it’s unknown whose idea the thesis requirement was, but it now has become one of the most critical ingredients of the society’s identity. “I think the thesis has separated the Triological Society as not another ‘pay to play’ organization. I think all of us recognize membership in any group is more meaningful when one invests themselves, their time and effort, to achieve a goal,” he added.
The society’s mission is to encourage and assist otolaryngologists–head and neck surgeons “to develop and maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills and their pursuit of improved patient care through education, research, and fellowship,” Dr. Beatty said. “Fellowship is both professional and social. This is where you develop a lot of your mentors and a lot of your colleagues and trust their advice.”