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San Diego SkylineMake plans now to attend the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, September 18-21, in San Diego, CA. It will provide you with the new research findings, treatment options, and practice management guidance to help you deliver excellent patient care and stay on top of the business of medicine. This year’s meeting includes several changes to its structure and the addition of even more education elements.

Changes to the meeting structure include a streamlined process for picking up registration badges, a simplified CME credit system, non-ticketed education sessions, a revised shuttle bus schedule, an upgraded mobile app with more program information, and the addition of all education session recordings and webcasts through AcademyU®. Other new elements include a community service project in San Diego, the OTOs on the Run 5K, and a Sunrise Yoga session presented by Women in Otolaryngology.

The metamorphosis also continues in the educational opportunities. Several new programs will be introduced, including Pre-Conference Workshops, Lunch with the Experts sessions, an International Symposium track, a new format for viewing posters, a reception to view education simulation products, a dedicated area for simulation education products in the OTO Experience—an expansion of the OTO EXPO—and a Legends in Otolaryngology lecture.

The changes to this year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO include:

  • Registration badges will not be mailed to attendees. Instead, you will be emailed a registration confirmation with a scannable barcode to expedite the process. You will need to bring the barcode to the registration counter, where your badge will immediately be printed on site. This year we will have satellite registration areas open on Saturday, September 17, in the lobbies of the two largest meeting hotels—the Hilton Bayfront and the Marriott Marquis—where you can pick up your badge instead of going to the San Diego Convention Center. Badges also can be picked up at Registration area in the San Diego Convention Center Saturday through Wednesday. If you do not have your confirmation with you, you can pick up your badge with your government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Badges will contain radio frequency identificaton (RFID) tracking. RFID readers will be installed above the entrances to education sessions and the OTO Experience so your attendance is automatically recorded for CME credit. You still need to complete session evaluations to earn CME, but this is simplified because the sessions you attend will be populated on the CME website when you log on. You also will be able to manually enter sessions you attended.
  • No tickets or additional registration fees are needed to attend Instruction Courses, Miniseminars, International Symposia, Masters of Surgery Video Presentations, and Scientific Oral Presentations. Some special events or workshops may require a ticket.
  • Shuttle bus service has been modified. Buses will run between meeting hotels and the convention center in the early morning and late afternoon.
  • The Annual Meeting mobile app will have more program information than in previous years. Download the app by searching for “OTO 2016” in your phone’s application store, or go to app.core-apps.com/aao2016.
  • Recordings and webcasts of selected education sessions now must be purchased through AcademyU. Visit the AcademyU Learning Center to place your order.
  • Three Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Saturday, September 17. Register for the workshops at entannualmeeting.org/16/content/pre-conference-workshops.
  • A Community Giveback Program on Saturday, September 17, will offer free hearing screenings for underserved families through the San Diego Neighborhood House Association.
  • Women in Otolaryngology Sunrise Yoga will be offered on Sunday, September 18.
  • The OTOs on the Run 5K race on Monday, September 19, will provide exercise and an opportunity to contribute to charity.
  • Lunch with the Experts is an opportunity to meet otolaryngology legends and subject matter experts. SOLD OUT.
  • The new International Symposium track features non-CME presentations by international otolaryngologists from Sunday, September 18, through Wednesday, September 21, and will include a ribbon-cutting and Global Otolaryngology opening session on Sunday. Two of the sessions will be presented in Spanish.
  • You can earn up to 4 AMA PRA CME Category 1 credits by viewing posters during designated hours. Poster authors will be present for four one-hour periods on Monday, September 19, and Tuesday, September 20, to discuss their research.
  • Learn about simulation education products at the OTO Experience and at a special reception. The EXPO will feature the Simulation Zone, a special area highlighting new training technology. A simulation reception featuring products and abstracts is scheduled for Monday, September 19.
  • The Legends In Otolaryngology lecture will feature M. Eugene Tardy Jr., MD. Dr. Tardy will speak on medical aspects of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
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