Dr. Martin Batstone,2016 Chris O’Brien Traveling Scholar Award Winner, shares lessons from his travel
From the 24th of June to the 20th of July 2016, I was privileged to undertake the Chris O’Brien Travelling fellowship to the United States culminating in the AHNS 9th International meeting in Seattle, Washington.
The logistics of a month away from work are daunting to say the least but I was fortunate to be recently joined at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in our department by another full time Head and Neck Surgeon (Dr Scott Borgna) which allowed me to at least travel knowing that operations were still happening, new patients were being seen and old patients reviewed.
My day to day work focuses on oral cavity cancer, salivary gland, some oropharyngeal cancer and both primary and secondary reconstructive surgery so it was with these interests in mind that I chose the three American hospitals to visit. Contact was made over 12 months from the visit and timing and communication of course is key to make sure the individuals you wish to interact with are not away from work themselves. (Read more about Dr. Batstone travels here)
What is the Research and Education Foundation of the American Head and Neck Society?
The Research and Education Foundation of the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) is working to: Encourage and fund science and clinical research in head and neck oncology
- Support and fund individuals and institutions in the development of educational programs or materials in head and neck cancer
- Support educational endeavors that improve knowledge, techniques, and skills of practitioners devoted to the care of head and neck cancer patients
The Foundation is the only organization dedicated to treating and curing head and neck cancer. As such, it is a significant force in the fight against head and neck cancer. Our efforts are promising and we have made headway because of the support we receive from AHNS members, individuals affected by head and neck cancer either personally or through a loved one, corporations, and foundations. However, so long as head and neck cancer exists, we must continue our efforts in research, education and treatment. There is more work to be done and we need your help. With several ways to support us, please consider a donation today.
Five in 5 Campaign: Create your legacy with the Foundation
Make your mark with the Foundation and dramatically influence our ability to increase grant opportunities in head and neck cancer research through the Five in 5 Campaign. This commitment is a donation of $5,000/year for a total of five years. Lifetime Centurion Club membership granted for all participants of the Five in 5 Campaign. We proudly acknowledge those who have committed thus far: Douglas Girod (co-founder), Dennis Kraus (co-founder), Carol Bradford, Randal Weber, and Mark Zafereo. If interested in joining, please complete the pledge form here.
A Heartfelt Thank You to our Centurion Club Members
The Foundation extends special recognition to our 2016 Centurion Club members, supporting the Foundation with gifts of $1,000 or more annually.
R. Bryan Bell
Maie St. John
List current as of September 2016
*Denotes lifetime member
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New Way to Donate: Receiving Honorarium?
Why not consider this unique new way to support the Foundation: If you are speaking at a conference and receiving honorarium from a company, direct your honorarium to the Research and Education Foundation. We will handle the process for you. Simply request the honorarium to be paid out to the Foundation and have the company contact Colleen Elkins, Foundation Director, at Colleen@ahns.info. In addition, the company, should they chose, will receive recognition of their support on the Foundation website. It is quick and easy, and a wonderful way to help us grow the Foundation!