Published: October 28, 2022

Gratitude & Growth: Renewing the Academy’s Commitment to Promote the Highest Standards in Clinical Care Worldwide

During this season of gratitude, we want to share our genuine appreciation for the international otolaryngology community.

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Mark E. Zafereo, Jr., MD, AAO-HNSF Coordinator for International Affairs

Zafereo PictureMark E. Zafereo, Jr., MD
AAO-HNSF Coordinator for International Affairs
The month of November marks the beginning of the end of the calendar year. For many around the world, it signals the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving celebrations approaching in the United States and beyond. During this season of gratitude, we want to share our genuine appreciation for the international otolaryngology community, including the AAO-HNSF’s global network of International Corresponding Societies (ICSs), as well as many humanitarian outreach programs and AAO-HNS physicians who support training and medical aid efforts in lower-resourced countries. Although 2022 has had its fair share of challenges, from the global health perspective, this year has also presented opportunities. In 2022, the otolaryngology-head and neck surgery community has witnessed firsthand the benefits of effective international collaboration—from the 2022 Global Grand Rounds Webinar Series, to renewed collaborative in-person meetings including the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and the 2022 Pan American Congress, to renewed humanitarian outreach opportunities.

As the data below highlight, global and humanitarian engagement increased at the Academy over the past year. With the continual ease of pandemic-related travel restrictions, the AAO-HNSF is excited to further in-person international collaboration and outreach and to renew our commitment to foster a global otolaryngology community. As the AAO-HNSF Coordinator for International Affairs, it is a privilege to work with you and for you to promote the highest standards in clinical care worldwide through education, research, collaboration, and outreach. Over the coming year, the Academy will continue to build upon our existing effective global initiatives and to partner with our ICS network and the larger global OTO community to achieve this vital goal.

IAB2022Global leaders at the 2022 International Advisory Board General Assembly.AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

Thank you to all those who were able to join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. While visa and COVID-related issues presented challenges for the international community, global attendance was back up in 2022.

  • Close to 1,000 international registrants from 79 countries
  • 30+ sessions included in the International Symposium

Mark your calendar for September 30-October 4, 2023, for the AAO-HNSF 2023 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, which will take place in Music City—Nashville, Tennessee. The Call for Science opens December 1.

Award Winners

Congratulations to the recent Humanitarian and International Award Winners honored at the AAO-HNSF 2022 Annual Meeting.

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