REMARKS OF THE PRESIDENT EUGENE L. DERLACKI, MD CHICAGO, ILUNOIS SERVING as 1978 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology has been an interesting, stimulating, and often frustrating and upsetting experience rather than the pleasurable experience many presidents enjoy. The preceding statement results from the turbulent year I have spent in trying to cope with many unresolved issues for both the officers and the membership of the Division of Otolaryngology. However, the privilege of sharing the opening ceremonies of the ~978 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology with a good friend and respected colleague, Frederick C. Blodi, MD, is thoroughly enjoyable. I would like to report certain highlights of Otolaryngology's experience during its fi~st separ~te Annual Meeting. Certamly, dUrIng the Annual Business Meeting, which was initially attended by approximately 750 members-a record percentage of the otolaryngologists registered at the meeti~g-~oncerns that will have far-reachmg mfluence upon the long-term planning of the newly .created American Academy of Otolaryngology, Inc, were expressed through discussions and voting. Six contested offices resulted in close-voting majorities and ending in one successful election of an officer to the Presidency-elect from the slate opposing that of the

Submitted for publication Oct 22, 1978. Presented at the 1978 Annual Meeting o f the Ameri can Academy of Ophthalm ology, Ka nsas City, Mo, Oct 22-26.

Nominating Committee of the Executive Committee. I am pleased to report that the Di vision of Otolaryngology adopted the resolution for the division of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Inc, into two separate and autonomous successor corporations by an overwhelming majority. The Articles of Incorporation of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, In~ , received the same near-unammous approval. Thereafter, the instructive support of the parliamentarian, Whitney G. Sampson, MD, and the Academy attorney, Jule Hannaford, enabled the Chair to survive the longest and most hectic Academy Business Meeting in recent memory. Our Scientific Program was an outstanding success, except for one significant disaster. In an earnest effort at cost containment, Otolaryngology's Executive Committee compressed the traditional four-day Scientific Program into three days; that is, the Scientific Sessions and Instruction Courses were concurrently presented the morning and afternoon of the second day. It was no contest· the attendance at the Scientific Sessions suffered drastically. This conflict is being eliminated in 1979. As your meeting progresses, I hope you enjoy a most successful Scientific Program, but if your experience in any way parallels ours, your first indepen~ent assem?ly will probably prOVIde you With some interesting problems to resolve in preparing for your 1979 Annual Meeting.

Remarks of the President: The American Academy of Otolaryngology.

REMARKS OF THE PRESIDENT EUGENE L. DERLACKI, MD CHICAGO, ILUNOIS SERVING as 1978 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology...
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