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Several International Events Scheduled for Annual Meeting

International members are an important part of the AAO-HNSF family, a fact reflected in the number of events and education sessions at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠  conceived with international members in mind.

“Setting our sights globally is central to staying on the cutting edge of our specialty; as a matter of course we encourage the global exchange of knowledge and best practices. But cultivating relationships with international members, partner otolaryngology societies, and medical communities more broadly is not just good business sense, it is also what makes us whole. From Amsterdam to Zanzibar, out friends and colleagues worldwide continue to enrich our lives and work,” said James E. Saunders, MD, coordinator for International Affairs. “Our links to international members and otolaryngology societies are relationships we want to foster and grow. The global exchange of knowledge and best practices keeps us on the cutting edge.”

AAO-HNSF has developed partnerships with otolaryngology societies around the world through its International Corresponding Societies (ICS) network, some of which will meet during the Annual Meeting, including those from Turkey, the broader Middle East, South Korea, and American otolaryngologists of Indian heritage.

In addition, AAO-HNSF will honor its 2015 International Guests of Honor from Panama, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Tanzania, and Taiwan during an invitation-only International Reception on Tuesday, September 29, which all international attendees are welcome to attend.

The AAO-HNSF also offers International Visiting Scholarships, grants that support otolaryngology healthcare professionals from outside the United States who wish to attend the Annual Meeting and, in many cases, take part in an observership at a U.S. otolaryngology department.

The following are events of interest to international attendees or AAO-HNSF members interested in learning more about otolaryngology-head and neck surgery outside the United States.

Sunday, September 27

  • The International Women’s Caucus will meet from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Global Connections Room, Room D227.
  • The International Assembly will meet from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Trinity Ballroom 5-6 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
  • “Korean-American Satellite Symposium 2015” and dinner will take place from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm in the Great Hall (4th floor) of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County Culture and History.

Monday, September 28

  • The Satellite Meeting of the Turkish Association of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery will take place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Dallas Ballroom BC at the Omni Dallas Hotel.
  • The Turkish Association of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery will have a panel discussion from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the Global Connections Room, Room D227.
  • The International Otolaryngology Committee Meeting will take place from 9:45 am to 10:45 am in Room C155 of the convention center.
  • Professor Emeritus Frans J.M. Hilgers, MD, PhD, will deliver the Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm in Ballroom C4 of the convention center. In his lecture, “Care and Rehabilitation of Patients Treated for Advanced Laryngeal Cancer,” Dr. Hilgers will discuss the status of total laryngectomy in advanced and recurrent larynx cancer treatments.
  • The Mexican Society of Otolaryngology and HNS and AAO-HNSF guideline leaders will meet from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in C144 in the conference center to discuss the use of AAO-HNSF guidelines for tympanostomy tubes, tinnitus, and adult sinusitis.

Tuesday, September 29

  • “Global Otolaryngology 2015: Our Academy Around the World,” will be presented from 7:30 am to 9:00 am in Room C140 of the convention center. Session panelists are 2015 International Guests of Honor who will discuss the state of the specialty in their regions of the world. Topics on the agenda include hearing loss, the unmet needs for services, and efforts to address those needs.
  • The Pan-American Committee will meet from 9:45 am to 10:45 am in Room C144 of the convention center.
  • “Global Perspectives on Thyroid Microcarcinoma” will be presented from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Trinity 4 at the Dallas Omni Hotel. The session is a panel discussion of evidence related to microcarcinoma and international differences in its management.
  • The Latin American Caucus will meet from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the Global Connections Room, Room D227.
  • The International Steering Committee will meet from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm in Room C154 of the convention center.
  • The Satellite Meeting of the AAO-HNSF and the Middle Eastern ORL Societies will take place from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Cedar’s Mediterranean Mezza and Grill.