Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO Mission
The AAO-HNSF 2012 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO program offers otolaryngologists and other interested health professionals a series of unique and dynamic educational experiences designed to broaden and enrich their understanding of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and to provide a foundation for continued learning. The Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO’s program format, including scientific sessions, instruction courses, and posters, will help participants maintain an awareness of accepted methods of diagnosis and treatment and will provide updates on new developments in the field.
The General Competencies for Physicians (adopted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Medical Specialties)—medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice—will be addressed in presentations throughout the various sessions of the program.
At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, participants should be able to:
- Apply knowledge of current issues globally affecting the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of otolaryngologic and related disorders;
- Analyze national and international research-based information and updates on practical applications affecting operative procedures, drugs, and medical devices;
- Utilize improved practice management techniques to facilitate physician performance improvement;
- And translate into practice a broader understanding of the global approaches used in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery.
Continuing Education Credit
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The AAO-HNSF designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- Scientific sessions maximum: 13.5 credits
- Instruction Courses maximum: 14.0 credits
Credit is awarded to physicians when documented by the submission of the 2012 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO Evaluation. While at the meeting, evaluations can be completed at any Computer Station in the Convention Center and for 30 days after the meeting on our website. A record of this credit can be printed after completing the evaluation and will be recorded on the official annual transcript that is issued by February 2013.
The AAO-HNSF designates educational activities presented during the 2012 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The following educational activities ARE NOT designated for:
- John Conley Lecture on Medical Ethics
- Eugene N. Myers International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer
- Neel Distinguished Research Lecture
- Howard P. House, MD, Memorial Lecture for Advances on Otology
- Scientific poster presentations
Physicians: The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.
Non-physicians: Non-physicians may complete the 2012 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO Evaluation to receive a Certificate of Participation that attests to their participation in this activity designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Evaluations can be completed at any computer station in the convention center and for 30 days after the meeting at www.entnet.org/annual_meeting. A record of this participation can be printed after completing the evaluation and will be recorded on the official transcript that is issued by February 2013.
The Foundation is not accredited to offer credit to non-physicians. To determine if activities designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ are acceptable for your licensing or certification needs please contact your credentialing body directly.
Presenter Disclosure of Financial Relationships
The AAO-HNSF endorses the guidelines for accredited continuing medical education as set forth in the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support and adheres to these standards in the conduct of its educational activities. The Foundation maintains control over the development of its educational activities and the selection of planners, topics and presenters. A full disclosure of financial relationships is submitted by all planners and presenters and the presence of any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest is reported to the participants both in the program’s printed materials and at the presentation.
Discussion of Unapproved and Off-Label Use of Drugs and Medical Devices
The FDA restricts the type of information that may be disseminated by or on behalf of suppliers of drugs and medical devices with respect to regulated products, including information about unapproved uses of approved drugs and medical devices (off-label uses). The FDA does not regulate the practice of medicine, and therefore, does not prevent physicians from independently teaching, describing, performing, or prescribing off-label uses of drugs or medical devices. The FDA has also said that it is the responsibility of the physician to determine the FDA clearance status of each drug or medical device that he or she wishes to use in clinical practice.
Clinical Medicine Recommendations/Scientific Research Reporting
The AAO-HNS informs all presenters and expects that:
- All recommendations involving clinical medicine in a continuing medical education activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for the indications and contradictions in the care of patients;
- And all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in continuing medical education in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
Free Exchange of Medical Education
The AAO-HNS is committed to the free exchange of medical education. Inclusion of any presentation or exhibit in this meeting, including presentations or exhibits on drugs or devices or the uses of drugs or devices that have not been approved by the FDA, does not imply an endorsement by the AAO-HNS of the uses, products, or techniques presented.