Annual Report 2016: Education & Knowledge

Annual Report 2016

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120th AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM

This year the Program Advisory Committee and Instruction Course Advisory Committee introduced a broad range of changes designed to enhance the world’s premier gathering of otolaryngologists. These changes enriched your overall experience and expanded your education opportunities.


  • 103 Miniseminars
  • 227 Instruction Courses
  • 28 International Symposia
  • 12 Masters of Video Surgery Presentations
  • 4 Guest Lectures
  • 1 New! Legends Lecture
  • 429 Scientific Oral Presentations
  • 267 exhibiting companies
  • 8,568 visits to the OTO EXPOSM
  • 26.5 Continuing Medical Education Credits available for each physician
  • 21,137 Continuing Medical Education credits provided
  • 5,948 installations of the Annual Meeting Mobile App


AM_logosThe newly formed Annual Meeting Program Committee is charged with designing an enriching educational experience focusing on all otolaryngology specialty areas. Join us in Chicago, IL, for the 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience℠, September 10-13 and mark your calendar now for the 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience℠ in Atlanta, GA, to be held October 7-10. We promise continued improvement, more value, and cutting-edge education.

You can be part of the 2017 Annual Meeting by submitting an abstract or session proposal for consideration. Save the dates and watch the Annual Meeting website for updated information.

The Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ continues to develop each year and this year was no different.  Some new components of the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ included:

  • Registration badges were not mailed to attendees. Instead, satellite registration areas were established in the lobbies of the two largest meeting hotels, the Hilton Bayfront and the Marriott Marquis, on Saturday, September 17. Badges could also be picked up at Registration in the San Diego Convention Center.
  • Badges contained RFID tracking devices. RFID readers were installed above education session entrances and the collected data was then automatically recorded for CME credit hours. Completion of session evaluations was still required to earn CME.
  • No tickets or additional registration fees were needed to attend Instruction Courses, Miniseminars, International Symposia, Masters of Surgery Video Presentations, and Scientific Oral Presentations.
  • The Annual Meeting mobile app offered more features and more program information than in previous years.
  • Recordings and webcasts of selected education sessions can now be purchased through AcademyU®.
  • Four Pre-Conference Workshops were offered on Saturday, September 17: Salivary Endoscopy, Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasounds, Simulation Experience with the UCSD, and Business of Medicine.
  • A Community Giveback Program on Saturday, September 17, offered free hearing screenings for underserved families through the San Diego Neighborhood House Association.
  • Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Sunrise Yoga was offered on Sunday, September 18, and 47 individuals participated.
  • The OTOs on the Run 5K race on Monday, September 19,  had 121 participants.
  • Lunch with the Experts was an opportunity to meet otolaryngology legends and subject matter experts.
  • Attendees were able to earn up to four AMA PRA CME Category 1TM credits by viewing posters during designated hours.
  • We are pleased to report that we had 5,053 professional registrants this year, a 7.56 percent increase from last year. Attendees came from all over the world, spanning more than 94 different countries. We are also thrilled to report that we had 1,078 abstract submissions this year.


  • This year’s “Best in Show” poster winner was “Novel Gene Delivery for a Light-Driven Optogenetic Auditory Implant,” Sumi Sinha, BS; Maria J. Duarte, BS, BA; Elliott D. Kozin, MD; Ariel E. Hight, MS; Alyson B. Kaplan, BA; Shreya Narasimhan, MS; Christian Brown, PhD; Daniel J. Lee, MD.
  • Exhibit booth winners were: Island Booth: Medtrobotics, booth 2435; Single Booth: Optim, booth 2511; Inline Booth: Preceptis Medical, booth 1621.
  • The AAO-HNSF would like to extend a special thanks to the Program Advisory Committee led by Eben L. Rosenthal, MD, and the Instruction Course Advisory Committee led by Sukgi S. Choi, MD, for their leadership, commitment to professional growth, and innovation.
  • The 2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) will be led by Mark K. Wax, MD. The Program Advisory Committee and Instruction Course Advisory Committee will be combined into one committee, AMPC.


  • 360 Webcasts from the 2016 Annual Meeting
  • 4,041 individuals who claimed CME credit
  • 103,588 CME credits awarded
  • 5 NEW Faculty Development modules
  • 20 NEW ENT for the PA-C webcasts
  • 5,145 Home Study Course Completions
  • 304 record number of attendees at the 2016 ENT for the PA-C Conference
  • 85 percent of Residency Programs subscribed to Home Study Course
  • 15 specialty societies represented on the Otolaryngology Comprehensive Curriculum Work Group
  • 20 members of the newly formed Simulation Education Committee
  • 13 NEW Annual Meeting Expert Series (AmX) published in AcademyU
  • 43,550 education activity views in AcademyU
  • 56 Education teams developing new online resources


  • AmX: Fifteen new Annual Meeting Expert Series  (AmX) online activities based on 2016 Annual Meeting presentations and faculty interviews. Each includes a case scenario to form a complete, interactive look at timely and relevant topics.
  • SIM @ AM: The newly formed Simulation Education Committee hosted two outstanding events at this year’s Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠. These included a Simulation Experience to the University of California San Diego Simulation Center, where participants engaged in a variety of hands-on simulation scenarios. The Simulation Reception and Showcase brought 28 demonstrations from multiple countries to discuss and share various simulation projects in otolaryngology.
  • AcademyQ: Four hundred new questions are being added to the current 800 questions to make up the third installment of the AcademyQ knowledge assessment app.



Education has been a cornerstone of the Academy since its inception. As the current mission statement articulates, the Academy provides Professional Education so our Members can achieve excellence and provide the best patient care. AcademyU® exemplifies this commitment in that we care for you, so you can care for your patients.

1737-BillyWith the launch of the new AcademyU this year, a new focus on value was introduced to ensure sustainability of the AAO-HNSF Education program; to provide higher quality education products through technology and innovation; and, most importantly, to demonstrate to Members the economic and learning value of Foundation education products.

The economic value of AcademyU can be found in the following:

  • 30 percent Member discount on AcademyU activities; Member residents often receive an additional 30 percent discount.
  • HSC+ allows residents to access to AcademyU for a reasonable annual fee.
  • Individual Home Study Course sections are available for purchase.
  • COOL courses are free to medical students completing otolaryngology rotations.
  • SPAO members receive discounts on the ENT for the PA-C webcasts.
  • Patient Management Perspectives are available for individual purchase.
  • Annual Meeting attendees receive six free 2016 Annual Meeting webcasts.
  • AcademyQ CME offers CME credit for specialty-specific bundles.

Education provided by the Foundation for AcademyU is developed by content experts across all eight specialties through the work of the Education Committees under the leadership of the Education Steering Committee. These content experts are friends and colleagues sharing their knowledge and expertise with their fellow otolaryngologists.

AU16New this year, all the education activities offered by the Foundation—from Annual Meeting to online education—were based on Member-identified education and learning needs. We addressed the most current and cutting-edge topics for providing the best patient care.

More than 80 percent of Members feel that the Education Program:

  • Increases knowledge of current research advances
  • Improves competence in performing diagnostics and treatment
  • Enhances practice skills for high quality healthcare

In 2014, Members spoke and the Academy listened when you told us what your ideal learning resource would be. You wanted it to be accessible, self-paced, interactive, easily digested, and customized. With the launch of the new AcademyU, this new learning platform has offered many features that meet each of these characteristics:

  • Accessible: AcademyU’s responsive design is accessible on all devices.
  • Self-paced: AcademyU Learning Platform is available 24/7; activities can be started and stopped as you wish.
  • Interactive: COOL courses and Patient Management Perspectives Self-Assessments provide case-based scenarios to test your skills.
  • Easily digested: AcademyU has a robust search function for easily finding the education topic you are looking for.
  • Customized: Activities in AcademyU include practice gap-based education across eight specialties.

With more than 800 activities in the new AcademyU—all discounted for Academy Members—the value of Foundation professional education is clear to see.

The 2016 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting provided opportunities for viewing award-winning research posters and learning from otolaryngology-head and neck surgery experts.

The 2016 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting provided opportunities for viewing award-winning research posters and learning from otolaryngology-head and neck surgery experts.


AcademyU has clearly been a success. We have seen consistent use of AcademyU across all Members. When I have spoken with those who have used it, they have all expressed their comfort with the platform and its user friendliness. Exciting additions this year include Annual Meeting Webcasts from 2014, 2015, and 2016.

New items in resident education include HSC+, a new  pricing plan to allow residents access to the AcademyU catalogue. Five new Faculty Development eCourses are now available to assist all Members with enhancing their teaching skills. OTOSource, the Comprehensive Curriculum being developed, is well underway and will serve as an outline for all stages of one’s career, but may be particularly pertinent to those in training.

All in all, there are many exciting changes and new products available from Foundation Education. We look forward to continued innovation and hope to be the main source of high quality education content for our Members well into the future.