Instructional Session: ISW15

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.45-17.45

How to Set up a Successful Junior Committee: The European Rhinology Society (ERS) Junior Members Board

Anna Slovick, St Mary’s Hospital
Pavol Surda, Guy’s Hospital
Cath Rennie, Charing Cross Hospital

The ERS junior members board, founded in 2010, aims to support young Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinicians and researchers interested in Rhinology throughout their training. Junior members constitute 40% of ERS (1488 members) and we are becoming a strong part of the society, as seen at the last Stockholm congress. The society offers opportunities to share clinical/research experiences, whilst broadening juniors’ professional networks. Junior instructional courses, reduced congress fees and targeted ERS congress junior sessions and prizes, promote active society participation of early career members.

As Rhinology and Allergy specialties overlap, we were keen to establish ties with EAACI. Reciprocal funding for two junior board members from ERS and EAACI to attend each other society’s congress, greatly increased interaction between the two junior boards, enabled promotion of educational and scientific activities of mutual interest and exchange of junior programs. We hope to develop future junior ERS-EAACI collaborations in clinical and research fields.

We have also collaborated with the ‘Rhinology’ journal board, having successfully published our first editorial, submitted a review on training in ENT and created a unique opportunity for juniors to become ‘Rhinology’ journal reviewers under senior guidance.

Junior social media accounts on Facebook (1040 followers) and Twitter have increased publicity and membership, providing modern networking methods, increasing visibility of key monthly ‘Rhinology’ articles for juniors to read, links to forthcoming conferences, fellowships and prizes. We look forward to ERS London, where we will be running a larger than ever junior programme of academic, social and instructional events.