International Attendees


Welcome to Chicago, IL!

At the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, you join the biggest names in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and thousands of colleagues from around the world for the latest advances in the specialty, new research findings, approaches, and treatment options to help you deliver excellent patient care. You are an indelible part of the Annual Meeting experience. Throughout our Academy’s history, international members and attendees have made our community not only more vibrant, but also helped keep us on the cutting-edge of the specialty. We look forward to welcoming you to the 121th AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

International Program of Events

This year's AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is eager to welcome all of our international members and guests a full program of events and activities that will be sure to educate, stimulate, and keep you on the cutting-edge of our specialty.

YPS Podcasts

SRF/YPS Roundtable Podcast - "Orientation for Traveling International Attendees" (August 2017)  

On this SRF/YPS Roundtable discussion, an expert panel provides an orientation for international attendees registered for the upcoming AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL.

Member Match Program

If you would like to be matched up with a member of the AAO-HNS who resides in the United States, and who will serve as a contact person before and during the meeting to help you navigate the meeting and answer any questions while you plan your trip please email Dr. Juliana Bonilla velez,

International Young Physicians Forum

Sunday, September 10, McCormick Place Convention Center, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Room E252

International outreach, worldwide partnerships, and the exchange of information and education are important aims of the Academy and its Foundation. Please join us for the International Young Physicians Forum Meeting for a special welcome forum. We want to welcome our international guests to our 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and invite you to be a part of our “speed mentoring session” where you will interact with your colleagues and share your experiences from around the world on topics such as training, career plans, scope of practice, and practice management.

AAO-HNS Foundation’s International Advisory Board (IAB) General Assembly

Monday, September 11, McCormick Place Convention Center, 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm (by Invitation), 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm (open to all attendees) Room E252

The IAB General Assembly gathers international corresponding societies leadership, international members, peers, and stakeholders under one roof to discuss issues that matter most to our specialty and global community. Join us to take part in the conversation, and help recognize the recipients of our prestigious international awards, including the International Visiting Scholarship (IVS).

AAO-HNSF International Symposium

Sunday-Wednesday, September 10-13, McCormick Place Convention Center; Meeting times and room locations listed in the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting app

The AAO-HNSF International Symposium showcases cutting-edge content presented by international physicians. Providing a global perspective of popular topics in otolaryngology, this program will enlighten the entire community and offer high visibility to international presenters. As an additional component of the Annual Meeting program, the AAO-HNSF International Symposium will be promoted in conjunction with regular programming and as part of a new International scheduling track. It will not preclude attendees from participating in the other program sessions and activities, and previously planned sessions in Spanish will continue. Take a look at your Annual Meeting program for more details about scheduling and content.

AAO-HNSF International Reception

Tuesday, September 12, 8:00-10:00 PM, Sheraton Grand Hotel Chicago (Conference headquarters), Ballroom 1-3

One of the flagship events of the Annual Meeting, the AAO-HNSF International Reception is a by-invitation-only reception honoring our international members, colleagues, and friends. If you are an international attendee you should receive your ticket upon registration in Chicago. Join Academy leadership and the rest of your peers for a night filled with dancing and authentic desserts from our 2017 International Guests of Honor: China, Mexico, France and South Korea!

AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Efforts Forum

Sunday, September 10, 1:00-3:15 PM, McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N127

Every year, the Academy and its Foundation support members working to make the world a better place. This session highlights some of the initiatives in which residents and other members have taken part. During the Forum, the 2017 Nikhil S. Bhatt International Humanitarian Award winners will be recognized for their unique commitment to the specialty as part of our continued effort to foster a global otolaryngology. Panelists will also speak to the latest developments in the realm of global health and how you can leave your mark on this world.

AAO-HNSF Regional Caucuses

Sunday, September 10, McCormick Place Convention Center; Meeting times and room locations listed in the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting app

Participate in discussions of topics of common concern within your country’s geographic area: Asia-Pacific Caucus, Africa Caucus, European Summit, Middle East Caucus, International Women’s Caucus, Latin America Caucus (Cumbre de Líderes). All sessions are scheduled for Sunday, September 10. Meeting times and room locations will be listed in the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting app.

Have questions? Visit us at International Outreach or e-mail us at


Entering the United States

Generally speaking, all non-U.S. attendees of the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience require a visa to enter the United States, most likely the B-1 Visa. Depending on your nationality, you may qualify for the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date on rules and procedures. As a matter of policy, the AAO-HNSF does not intervene in visa-related matters.

Applying for a Visa

This is non-authoritative and subject to change. For the latest information, click here.

Step 1: Complete the online visa application and print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. You will also attach a photo.
Step 2: Schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Wait times for interview appointments vary.
Step 3: Pay all necessary fees and gather requested documentation ahead of your interview.
Step 4: During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa.


International Guests of Honor

The AAO-HNSF International Guest of Honor program is a time-honored tradition. Every year, the AAO-HNS/F President recognizes approximately four countries or territories for their contributions to the otolaryngology specialty and global community. International Guests of Honor receive a range of exclusive benefits, including discounts. The 2017 International Guests of Honor are:


Hotel Accommodations

INDIVIDUALS: Let our partners at Wyndham Jade take care of all your booking needs.
GROUPS: Let our International Groups department take care of all your booking needs.

Money Matters

The currency of the United States is the U.S. dollar. You will likely be able to exchange foreign currencies at any bank, major airport, or hotel (for a fee). You may also withdraw cash from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). Stay up to date on the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the currency of your home country on websites like Tipping in the United States is widespread and is expected. Fodor’s chart here gives a reliable overview of how much you should expect to tip during your stay.