Published: August 31, 2015 anatomy of a learning platform

The new AcademyU® Learning Platform launches this month and is being showcased at the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM in Dallas. Read on for a sneak peek into the features of this exciting new education resource.

tutorialThe new AcademyU® Learning Platform launches this month and is being showcased at the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM in Dallas. Read on for a sneak peek into the features of this exciting new education resource.

Welcome to

The first thing you will notice is the easy-to-remember web address: This simple URL will take you straight to the Learning Platform. You will also be able to get to from links on and other AAO-HNS/F publications.

  • Be sure to have your Academy ID number and password ready to log in to AcademyU®.
  • Once you are there, head straight for the AcademyU® How To for a quick tutorial.
  • Next, update your profile by clicking “Demographic Information.” Updating your member profile information will result in the best learning experience on AcademyU®.

academyuAcademyU® Catalog

Once you have updated your profile, you can search for education activities of interest to you.

You can search for hundreds of courses by title or keywords by using the search bar. In addition, you can search for activities by format, credit, specialty, and stage-of-career by clicking the AU Catalog tab.

AcademyU® offers a variety of education formats to match individual learning styles:

  • eBooks: Published by the Foundation to be used as references and guides in the care of patients. They are available in an easy eReader format or for purchase as either an eBook or hard copy.
  • Home Study Course: The Home Study Course is one of the Foundation’s most popular education products. Each section brings you a compendium of selected scientific journal articles, a reference bibliography, and self-assessment exam.
  • Knowledge Resources: Products that assist with applying new skills, resident education, current research, and running a practice.
  • Live Meetings: These in-person meetings offer interaction with experts and networking with colleagues as well as opportunities to earn continuing education credit.
  • Online Education: The Foundation offers hundreds of self-paced, interactive online courses, lectures, webcasts, and podcasts that provide fast, flexible learning opportunities and continuing education credit.

AU Community

In addition to easy access to more than 100 education and knowledge resources found in AcademyU®, there are also networking opportunities that will keep you engaged with your fellow learners.

In order to participate in a forum, you must first enroll. To do this, either go directly to your “My Account” page and click on your selected forums under the “Forums of Interest” tab, or go directly to your forum under the main “AU Community” page, and click the “My Preferences” link in the main instructions. Once enrolled, you can participate in discussions by selecting “Start a Discussion.”

Resource Share

Once you are part of the AcademyU® learning community you have the opportunity to share resources with your otolaryngology-head and neck surgery peers. Under the Resource Share tab you are encouraged to share items with the AcademyU® community that are of interest to all otolaryngologists. You can use this valuable tool to expand the learning opportunities for yourself and your otolaryngology colleagues.

My Transcripts

AcademyU® learners will have 24/7 access to their CME/CE credit earned through AcademyU®, including the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM.

Your My Transcript page contains an up-to-date listing of all education activities you have started in AcademyU® and activities you have already completed. On the “Complete” tab, you can also print a transcript of all CME credit you have earned on the site.



More from September 2015 - Vol. 34 No. 08

Products from the new AcademyU® Learning Platform
Foundation copublishes two books with Thieme As part of an ongoing agreement with Thieme Publishers, the Foundation has just added two more titles to its book and eBook collection. The first book, Otolaryngology Lifelong Learning Manual (OLLM), is an update to the Maintenance Manual for Lifelong Learning. Through the hard work of the eight education committees, under the leadership of Education Coordinator Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, this will become a valuable resource for all otolaryngology clinicians. OLLM serves as a great resident resource and certification study guide. Practicing physicians can use it for a refresher on a topic and for recertification through MOC. Nonphysician clinicians will also benefit from the comprehensive scope of the book. The second book, Geriatric Otolaryngology, was edited by Robert T. Sataloff, MD, Michael M. Johns III, MD, and Karen Kost, MD. This book is much more than a revision to the previous book of the same title. It is a comprehensive and timely discussion of the otolaryngology concerns of the elderly population. Both books are available in print and eBook formats and can be ordered through the Thieme website at You can search by specialty or title. The AAO-HNS Foundation is proud to have worked with Thieme on these two essential otolaryngology publications and looks forward to continuing its copublishing partnership. AcademyQ® CME: otolaryngology knowledge self-assessment tool AcademyQ® CME offers learners the opportunity to hone their knowledge skills through a series of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery-specific self-assessment questions. Derived from the 800 knowledge assessment questions available in the AcademyQ® app for Apple and Android, this activity provides the opportunity to enhance knowledge of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery with hundreds of study questions to test recall, interpretation, and problem-solving skills while earning CME credit. Drawing on the same questions released on the Academy® app in 2012 and 2014, nine modules contain 50 questions specific to each specialty. The physician learner will read and analyze otolaryngology-specific questions and rationales developed by otolaryngology experts. Included in each module is thorough feedback for each question, additional reading references, and appropriate images and videos to enhance the learning experience. Pediatric Otolaryngology eLectures Pediatric Otolaryngology eLectures, coproduced by the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) and AAO-HNSF, offer learners education opportunities designed to address pressing patient care concerns facing pediatric and general otolaryngologists. The webinars in this series are: Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Diagnosis and Management of Vascular Malformations Update on Allergic Rhinitis—A Burdensome Disease Down Syndrome: Otolaryngologic Manifestations Evaluation and Management of Sialorrhea in Children Hearing Tests and Hearing Aids: More Interesting Than You Thought Complications of Acute Rhinosinusitis in Children Otitis Media Update Assessment and Management of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Evaluation of Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss Unilateral Hearing Loss In Children Caustic Ingestion Management of Pediatric Vocal Fold Immobility Head and Neck Masses in the Pediatric Population Quality and Safety in Surgery: How to Become a Better Surgeon Choking and Aspiration in Children: Evaluation and Management Pediatric Sleep Medicine 2014: A Roundtable Discussion Eustachian Tube and Evolution Social Media—A Blessing or a Curse for the Otolaryngologist Genetics and Pediatric Otolaryngology These archived recordings are be available for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit. ENT for the PA-C eLecture Series The annual ENT for the PA-C Conference is jointly presented by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. The primary audience for the conference is nonphysician clinicians, especially physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who specialize in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. This eLecture Series, recorded at the 2015 ENT for the PA-C Annual Conference, includes the following presentations: Healthcare Reform Audiogram Interpretation: 10-minute Dizziness Evaluation Evaluation and Management of Facial Nerve Paralysis Everything You Ever (and Never) Need to Know About Salivary Glands Differential Diagnosis and Management of Conductive Hearing Loss Non-otologic Sources of Otalgia Diagnosis and Treatment of Anaphylaxis Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Neck Masses OSA: Improving Treatment Outcomes Vocal Fold Paralysis Diagnosis and Treatment Assisting in ENT Procedures These archived recordings will be available for AAPA CME credit. Visit for these new activities along with the entire catalog of education opportunities offered by the AAO-HNS Foundation.