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Education Program Overview

The 2013 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠  program was developed by the AAO-HNSF 2013 Program Advisory Committee and the Instruction Course Advisory Committee.

The program is organized by educational tracks:

  • Business of Medicine/Practice Management
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Laryngology/Broncho-Esophagology
  • Otology/Neurotology
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Rhinology/Allergy
  • Sleep Medicine

The annual meeting program offers instruction courses, a scientific program, which includes miniseminars, oral and poster presentations, exhibits at the OTO EXPO℠  and honorary guest lectures.

Instruction Courses — One- or two-hour sessions that address current diagnostic, therapeutic, and practice management topics, presented by both Academy members and nonmembers. Instruction course fees are $70 per hour and $90 per hour for hands-on courses.

Instruction Course are offered in the following formats:

  • Hands-on—Hands-on courses allow each attendee to participate in the presentation.
  • Mini-Courses—Limited to 25 participants, mini-courses promote informal discussion and exchange of information.
  • Interactive—Interactive courses will use an Audience Response System, allowing audience members to respond to the presenter during the course.
  • Traditional—courses will be presented in a large audience lecture setting.

The Scientific Program of the annual meeting is comprised of miniseminars, scientific sessions, and poster presentations. All of these sessions are included in the cost of registration, unless the individual registered for EXPO-only registration.

  • Miniseminars—(Presentations, case studies, interactive discussions) provide an in-depth, state-of-the-art look at a specific topic. Topics for miniseminar presentations are suggested by the leadership, committees, or members.
  • Oral Sessions
    • Standard Oral Presentations: Eight-minute oral presentations in cutting-edge clinical aspects of otolaryngology.
    • Accelerated Oral Presentations: Three-minute oral presentations and two minutes of discussion in cutting-edge clinical aspects of otolaryngology.
    • Poster Presentations—Posters are displayed throughout the course of the annual meeting and are open for viewing during the hours of registration on the Exhibit Floor.

Honorary Guest Lecturers

Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer

Established in 1991, the Eugene N. Myers International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer was endowed by Leslie Nicholas, MD, in honor of his nephew, Eugene N. Myers, MD, past President of the AAO-HNS/F. Dr. Myers is known for his dedication to management of head and neck cancer and his interest in international medicine.

Lecturer: Piero Nicolai, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, Brescia, Italy

Howard P. House, MD Memorial Lecture for Advances in Otology

The Howard P. House, MD Memorial Lecture for Advances in Otology honors a member who has had a distinguished career in advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life.

Lecturer: Derald E. Brackmann, MD, Los Angeles, CA

John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics

The John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics was established in 1987. This 15-20 minute lecture is dedicated to the subject of ethics and is presented during the Opening Ceremony.

Lecturer: Nancy L. Snyderman, MD, NBC’s chief medical editor

Neel Distinguished Research Lecture

The H. Bryan Neel, MD Distinguished Research Lecture, funded by the Neel family and friends, was established to disseminate information on new developments in biomedical science to the otolaryngologic community.

Lecturer: Martin A. Birchall, MD, FRCS, FMedSci, Professor of Otolaryngology, London, United Kingdom

Cotton-Fitton Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Otolaryngology

Funded by Robin T. Cotton, MD, and Cynthia M. Fitton, the Pediatric Otolaryngology Lecture was established to educate otolaryngologists about considerations and care of children with diseases or disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck.

Lecturer: Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of Medical School and Executive Vice President, Medical College of Wisconsin


The practice of medicine extends beyond the exam room, and the OTO EXPOSM has nearly 300 companies that cater to every aspect of your practice—device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, collections, EMR systems, waiting room solutions, financial management firms, and more. Be sure to visit the OTO EXPOSM each day to see the best products and services our industry has to offer. Exhibits will be in Halls A-C of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The OTO EXPOSM will be open:

Sunday, September 29                        10:00 am-5:00 pm
Monday, September 30                      10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 1                             9:30 am-3:30 pm
Wednesday, October 2                       9:30 am-1:00 pm

Children under 16 are not permitted in the Exhibit Hall.

Full conference attendees of the annual meeting will receive lunch in the OTO EXPOSM.

Search the itinerary planner to find out all of the sessions being offered at this year’s meeting.