The presidential year is a time for reflection on our purpose as an organization and consideration of where we should place our efforts for the future. People are telic, they exist for a purpose and spend a great deal of time and energy finding that purpose and pursuing it. As a society of health care providers engaged in caring for people with the devastating effects of cancer of the mouth, throat, neck, and skull base, we share many personal purposes. This results in common goals that the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) should attempt to reach together as an organization. The amount of time and energy each of us dedicates to AHNS will be directly related to how much commonality we feel in these shared purposes, how passionate we are to pursue them, and how well the Society functions in addressing them.
Koch WM. 2009 American Head and Neck Society Presidential AddressGoing Global, Reaching Out. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009;135(11):1074-1076. doi:10.1001/archoto.2009.176