Mad As Hell at Endocrine Societies With Their failure to Recognize The Value of Interventional Thyroidology and the Future of Radiofrequency Ablation in an Endocrine Practice.
“I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore”
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The usual suspects are:
- American Association of Clinical Endocrinology ( AACE ). This should be re-named the AACDiabetes. Diabetes funds from industry is the powerhouse running what AACE does. Thyroid is a lonely step sister and is usually ignored when it comes to funding thyroid education. AACE has a bad track record dealing with thyroid issues related to thyroid nodule and thyroid cancer. They were late in backing neck ultrasound for endocrinologists, failed to support certification of ethanol ablation training courses, blocked continued AACE training endocrinologists in thyroid cytology and on-site after a course that had 40-50 endocrinologists for 4 years learning how to quality control the pathologists who over-read suspicious and resulted in endocrinologists continued blinded sending too many to surgery. Finally they have another chance to lead the way in forming a new sub-specialty of interventional thyroidology. However sadly there is no interest in training endocrinologists in Radiofrequency ablation RFA of thyroid nodules and cancer. Survey monkey questionaire found many AACE endocrinologists interested in learning RFA. Presently even after FDA approval of RFA for thyroid disease many need to take expensive private courses in the USA and even travel to other countries to train in Korea and Italy. AACE stops at having neck ultrasound courses only ending with ECNU certification. What good is that when a whole field of ablation therapy is ignored?
- American Thyroid Association ATA. ATA is worse. It took years for them to even have ultrasound courses for ATA members. They refused to let a new society called Academy of Clinical Thyroidology ACT have meetings during their national meeting. ” They are competition” stated the admin head of ATA. There are a large group of ATA members paid by hospital or to university systems with exclusive departments that did not allow cross-training endocrinologists in radiology procedures, Ultrasound and interventional radiology procedures such as ethanol or RFA.
- Endocrine Society: This is society controlled by PHD types had even less desire to help train clinical endocrinologists in procedures to help their clinical practices.
- A few endocrinologists are leading the way privately. Since FDA approval I have done 10 cases with benign thyroid nodules in my office ultrasound room! This is a procedure made for endocrinologists.
- This video made during two RFA procedures in my office shows with training it can be done without expensive hospital bills from radiologists.