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International Symposium Introduced to Meeting

AAO-HNS Coordinator of International Affairs James E. Saunders, MD: “We picked the cream of crop, with people who are renowned around the world. It has a great mixture of different approaches.”

AAO-HNS Coordinator of International Affairs James E. Saunders, MD: “We picked the cream of crop, with people who are renowned around the world. It has a great mixture of different approaches.”

AAO-HNS/F has long been a global organization, but this year’s Annual Meeting made that more clear with the introduction of the International Symposium, an education track that featured 21 sessions based on abstracts submitted from outside the United States.

“The International Symposium came out of recognizing two needs. One was a desire for our international colleagues to present at the meeting. The other was the recognition there is a lot of good work going on outside the United States, and we wanted the American audience to experience that expertise from abroad,” said James E. Saunders, MD, AAO-HNS coordinator of International Affairs.

The track kicked off September 18 with a ribbon cutting event before the “Global Otolaryngology” Miniseminar. It also featured the first of two sessions presented in Spanish—one on frontal sinus surgery and the second on single-sided deafness. All other sessions during the track are available through webcasts.

Abstracts from around the world were submitted for presentation, and they all went through a rigorous peer-review process.

“This is the first year and we received 80 submissions,” Dr. Saunders said. “There was a lot of interest. We picked the cream of crop, with people who are renowned around the world. It had a great mixture of different approaches.”

The track had presentations focused on several subspecialties, including head and neck, otology, and rhinology. It also included sessions on topics where international otolaryngologists have expertise, but the challenges are common to U.S. otolaryngologists, he said.

“We are hoping this will expand in the coming years,” Dr. Saunders said. “The Board of Governors and the Science and Education Committee are excited about the prospect. We anticipate a good turnout, and we have some really great content.”

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