Published: February 2, 2021

#MakeOTOStronger: Become a Monthly Supporter of the 125 Strong Campaign

This year the AAO-HNS/F is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a specialty organization.

125 Campaign

This year the AAO-HNS/F is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a specialty organization. As we reflect on the past 125 years, we’re also looking ahead to continue shaping our future together. 

Ensuring the AAO-HNSF raises the funds needed to complement our existing programs is a major component of shaping the specialty’s next 125 years and beyond. The 125 Strong Campaign is a fundraising effort designed and driven by practicing otolaryngologists and will provide funds for programs for otolaryngologists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

We are asking every member to contribute to the 125 Strong Campaign to help reach our goal of raising $5 million over the next two years. We are starting off with a small ask—requesting each member to become a monthly supporter of the 125 Strong Campaign. By donating $12.50 per month ($150 per year), you will #MakeOTOStronger and will help us reach our goal. Make your donation today by visiting

“Your gift will help us drive transformation and innovation, expand and magnify our programs, and collectively partner for the health and well-being of our members and those that we serve,” says Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, AAO-HNS/F President.

Under the leadership of Dr. Bradford, the Board of Directors has approved the following four general program areas that will be supported by the 125 Strong Campaign

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Increase funding for underrepresented minorities’ travel grants to the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and for their otolaryngology residency away rotations
  • Establish a CORE grant to study healthcare disparities and social determinants of health in otolaryngology


  • Develop augmented reality/virtual reality and otolaryngology gaming learning tools

Leadership Development and Mentorship

Establish education webinars and video materials in the following three areas: 

  • How to Get in the Game: specifically directed for residents and fellows-in-training, but suitable for all stages of career
  • How to Thrive and Prosper: specifically directed for young staff and junior faculty, but also will be valuable to members of all age groups and practice types
  • What Next?: specifically focused on mid- or senior-career individuals interested in leadership positions at academic centers, hospital systems, or local medical associations and would include information on end-of-career planning


  • Create and keep current a catalog of wellness and resiliency resources available for members
  • Develop a “Wellness Certificate Program” that provides education and training for members to increase their expertise and knowledge of wellness that can then be implemented locally and shared with colleagues
  • Create “AAO-HNS Wellness Ambassadors” composed of “Wellness Certificate Program” graduates and other volunteers who would help establish peer support networks and activities at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience designed to increase wellness and track wellness offerings available

We extend a special thank you to two Past Presidents, Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, and Albert L. Merati, MD, who are the co-chairs of the 125 Strong Campaign, and to the leaders of the four projects: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Angela M. Powell, MD; Education, Richard V. Smith, MD; Leadership Development and Mentorship, Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSA; and Wellness, Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS.

Show your support for the 125 Strong Campaign on social media by tagging @AAOHNS on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and using both of the following two hashtags:

  • #WeAre125 celebrates the AAO-HNS/F’s 125th anniversary
  • #MakeOTOStronger encourages others to donate to this critical campaign 

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