Education

The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience education program offers otolaryngologists and other healthcare professionals a series of unique and dynamic education experiences designed to broaden and enrich their practice of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and to provide a foundation for continued learning. The Annual Meeting & OTO Experience’s program types include instruction course, miniseminar, scientific oral and poster, masters of surgery video presentation, and the international symposia track all of which provides for the application of knowledge, competence, and performance of accepted methods of diagnosis and treatment and 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 includes medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice, which will be addressed throughout the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience program.

The following is a description of each of the program types offered at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:

Instruction Course

Instruction Courses are one- or two-hour sessions led by recognized experts on current diagnostic, therapeutic, and practice management topics.

Program Formats:

  • Didactic Lecture – Presented in a lecture setting designed to impart medical knowledge
  • Interactive Participation – Sessions providing the opportunity for audience members to respond to polling questions to enhance audience participation  
  • Mini-Course – Small group interaction that demonstrates communication skills resulting in effective information exchange and learning with colleagues – limited to 25 participants
  • Skill-based Learning – Small hands-on sessions that enhance audience clinical expertise through team-based learning, simulation, and skill building – limited to 40 participants

Miniseminar

Miniseminars are one- or two-hour sessions presented by expert panels involving case-based education on controversial topics, alternative treatment options, and cutting-edge research.

Program Formats:

  • Didactic Lecture – Presented in a lecture setting designed to impart medical knowledge
  • Interactive Participation – Sessions providing the opportunity for audience members to respond to polling questions to enhance audience participation  

International Symposia

Miniseminars that are 50–60-minute sessions presented by international panelists (i.e. from outside North America) involving interactive, in-depth, state-of-the-art presentations employing a variety of didactic and interactive education formats that are included above.

Scientific Program

The scientific program includes timely and innovative reviews of scientific research, surgical procedures, practices, and approaches to practicing surgeons, residents, and medical students designed to enhance medical knowledge, patient care, and professionalism.

  • Scientific Oral Presentations - A series of three- to six minute presentations focusing on current evidence -based research, surgical procedures and approaches in clinical sciences and its application to patient care with two-minutes of questions and answers
  • Scientific Posters - Visual displays detailing the latest advancements in Otolaryngology research that allow the viewer the opportunity to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence for improved patient care practices.

Masters of Surgery Video Presentations

A series of short-lecture demonstration videos of key surgical procedures performed by Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeons.

Honorary Guest Lectures

Invited luminaries in the field of Otolaryngology providing expert opinion presentations.  

Lunch with the Experts

An opportunity to interact with Otolaryngology legends in an intimate setting ideal for peer-to-peer exchange and discussion about the many facets of patient care.

Hands-on Demonstration and Training Lab

Lab courses providing a hands-on learning experience using cadaveric specimens hosted by the corporate community.

Target Audience

The AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience targets practicing otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons and associates, researchers in otolaryngology, senior academic professors and department chairs, leaders of international societies, fellows-intraining, residents, and allied health professionals.

Accreditation

This meeting has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. AAO-HNSF is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AAO-HNSF designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Education Program: maximum 22 credits
  • Guest Lectures: maximum 4 credits
  • Meet the Scientific Poster Authors Sessions: maximum 4 credits
  • AAO-HNS/F Hands-On Salivary Gland Endoscopy Course: maximum 8 credits

While not all sessions are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, total number of credits a participant can earn is 26. Credit will be awarded to physicians when documented by the submission of the 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Evaluation.

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. The following education activities are NOT designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™:

  • Lunch with the Experts