Professor Peter Andrews, President of the UK’s Royal Society of Medicine Laryngology & Rhinology Section, shares his plans.

As the president of the RSM’s Laryngology & Rhinology Section for the 2022-23 academic year, my aim is to centre the education programme around our trainees, with a real emphasis on inspiring the future generation of ENT surgeons. Prem Randhawa, my honorary secretary, and I hope to continue the great work laid down by our past president Michael Kuo.

There will be short paper presentations given by trainees embedded within all the sessions throughout the year. Each session will have a trainee essay (abstract) prize, with the winner invited to present their work. The runners up will be invited to give poster presentations.

Innovation and transformation will run across the programme, with a focus on smell and facial function management, among other nose-related topics.

All our educational sessions will be in-person at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, and we are pleased that once more we will be able to provide participants valuable opportunities to network face-to-face with their peers and senior clinicians.

At our innovation meeting on Friday 2 December, speakers will include Professor Kevin Fong, Consultant Anaesthetist and Professor of Public Engagement and Innovation, who will explore innovation in medicine, drawing on his experiences of working with NASA. Other speakers will be Nadine Hachach-Haram, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Innovation at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust; Shahz Ahmed, Consultant Rhinologist and Skull Base Surgeon; and Krishan Ramdoo, CEO and founder at TympaHealth Technologies.

On Friday 3 February, the topic will focus on treatments in olfaction and COVID anosmia with Professor Thomas Hummel, Professor Claire Hopkins, Chrissi Kelly and Simon Gane. On Friday 3 March, the session will focus on nasal blockage with Professor Hesham Saleh, Professor Tim Woolford, Raj Bhalla and Philio Lekakis. At our final meeting, on Friday 5 May, we will look at facial nerve management, with Professor Kofi Boahene discussing dynamic facial reanimation and Professor Shak Saeed looking at nerve management. Other speakers will include Professor Alwyn D’Souza, Mr Ben Hartley and Dr Emma Craythorne.

Ahead of the main education programme I shall be talking about the repair of nose and face function during my presidential address on Friday 4 November. We will then welcome distinguished surgeon Professor Lucian Sulica, Sean Parker Professor of Laryngology and Director of the Sean Parker Institute for the Voice at Weill Cornell Medical College, who will give the annual Semon Lecture.

Professor Peter Andrews, Consultant Rhinologist, Facial Plastic and Anterior Skull Base Surgeon, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Professor of Rhinology, UCL.

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