Weaving the World of Otolaryngology: Your Academy Around the World

February 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 1

Report from the AAO-HNSF International Steering Committee

“Weaving the World” aptly describes the growth of the AAO-HNSF global outreach and some remarkable gains.

It is appropriate that we acknowledge the legends in our specialty. Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS (Edin), and KJ Lee, MD, continue to lead, educate, and inspire future generations. At each Annual Meeting, we celebrate the emerging leaders in the specialty at the International Young Physicians Forum and at the International Women’s Caucus. On behalf of the International Steering Committee, we are pleased to share recent highlights of our global program, often referred to as “Your Academy Around the World.”

  • International Membership: The Academy saw a 17 percent increase in global membership.
  • Joint Meetings: Academy members and leadership as well as volunteer faculty presented at more than 15 global joint meetings in 2019. In addition, AAO-HNS/F leadership served as guests of honor and presenters at the Chinese Society of ORL-HNS’s Annual Meeting in Shenyang, China.
  • Global Partnerships: The AAO-HNSF collaborates with the world’s 73 International Corresponding Societies to unite nations and regions. This AAO-HNSF-led effort works to enhance the education and experiences of otolaryngologists worldwide, under the auspices of the International Advisory Board, which serves as the voice of the global otolaryngology community.
  • International Symposium: The International Symposium at the AAO-HNSF 2019 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience featured worldwide thought leaders composing more than 50 interactive, in-depth, state-of-the-art presentations.
  • International Visiting Scholarships (IVS): Increased funding for these scholarships provided more opportunities for junior academics from developing countries to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting and participate in observerships at U.S. otolaryngology programs and institutions. Read about the experiences of a few of the past IVS recipients in recent issues of the Bulletin.