Faculty, fellows and students from Weill Cornell's Sean Parker Institute for the Voice presented their work and experience across a wide range of clinical topics at this year's Fall Voice Conference in Dallas, Texas. These included lectures on care of the performer's voice featured for both Laryngology Fellows' Day and Early Career Laryngology Day, satellite conferences focused on younger practitioners, and a panel in the main program on how communication and nomenclature influences patient reactions and treatment outcome. In addition, podium presentations featured the Institute's experience with voice change among the increasing number of woman being prescribed testosterone for off-label indications like menopause symptoms and decreased libido; treatment of patients with spasmodic dysphonia at shorter intervals than the customary three months; and rapid return to performance, often in less than three weeks, after office laser management of vocal fold injury in vocalists. Finally, the Institute reported on its creation of an inexpensive model of the larynx for training purposes using 3D printing.
The Fall Voice Conference is one of the principal national meetings in laryngology, focused on the clinical care of patients with voice-related difficulties and clinical and basic science research to guide clinical care.