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AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Looks at Where the Field Is Going

Experience the latest advances in otolaryngology during the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, September 10-13.

The AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is 121 years old, but the 2017 edition points forward in attitude and structure with the meeting theme of “Premiering Tomorrow, Today.” Plan to attend this premier global event for the specialty, September 10-13, in Chicago, IL.

Woven throughout your conference experience is a focus on what the future of otolaryngology looks like for you and your patients. The education program has been streamlined so the sessions in each of the 12 tracks are scheduled so later sessions build on information presented earlier.

For past attendees, you will notice that the exhibit hall name has changed from the OTO EXPOSM to the OTO Experience, where it showcases the Practice of the Future Pavilion, an interactive setting featuring facilities and equipment that can open your eyes to new and/or improved treatment and management options.

You can keep track of all of the meeting developments by downloading the event mobile app at the Apple and Google Play stores, or view it on your computer at app.core-apps.com/aao2017.

Veteran meeting attendees should note that you do not need to purchase tickets for individual education sessions because they are included in the registration fee.

Educational Emphasis

Looking at the future of medicine begins with the Opening Ceremony on September 10, when Daniel Kraft, MD, presents the keynote address, “The Future of Health and Medicine, Where Can Technology Take Us?” See Innovation for Academy, Otolaryngology Highlighted in Opening Ceremony.

The education program continues its tradition of presenting Scientific Orals, Posters, Instruction Courses, and Miniseminars. Instruction Courses are one- or two-hour sessions led by recognized experts on current diagnostic, therapeutic, and practice management topics. Miniseminars are one- or two-hour sessions presented by expert panels involving case-based education on controversial topics, alternative treatment options, and cutting-edge research. Guest Lectures, Sunday through Tuesday, feature expert speakers presenting on research and practice advances. See Program Offers More Session Accessibility and Presentation Styles for more information about the education program.

Education will also be presented in newer formats. Masters of Surgery video presentations were a big success in 2016, so they return to showcase surgery techniques and tips from renowned surgeons. Lunch with the Experts provides opportunites for attendees to have roundtable discussions with otolaryngology leaders. You have the opportunity to sign up to attend the lunches when you register to attend the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

Pre-Conference Workshops return to the 2017 Annual Meeting. “Endoscopic Ear Surgery Workshop” will be presented September 8, at Northwestern University, and “Cutting-Edge Robotics in Laryngology and Otology: TORS and Beyond” and “Thyroid & Parathyroid Ultrasound Workshop” will be presented September 9, at the convention center.

The OTO Experience

The OTO Experience features hands-on training, product demonstrations, and the latest products and services presented by more than 250 companies. A display sure to attract attention is the Practice of the Future Pavilion, where you can get a glimpse of your future work environment. See Learning from the OTO Experience for more information about the OTO Experience.

Other special areas of the OTO Experience include the Simulation Zone, the Product Theater, the Hands-On Demonstration and Training Lab, the Mobile BioSkills Lab, the ENT OTC Pavilion, and Lunch with the Experts.

Special Events

A popular special event returns September 9. Cradles to Crayons® is the Academy’s community service project. As part of the project, you donate three hours for assembling care packages for children. The care packages contain clothes, toys, books, and other supplies for children in need in Chicago. Volunteers donate $40, with all net proceeds going to Cradles for Crayons® Chicago. A bus is provided for transportation to and from the facility. Lunch and a T-shirt are included.

On the evening of September 10, you are invited to attend the President’s Reception. It is a great networking and celebratory event for all attendees.

For those looking to relax and maintain a focused energy during the Annual Meeting, Sunrise Yoga makes a return on September 10.

If physical activity is your key to the start of the day, plan to participate in the OTOs on the Run 5K. The race at Grant Park offers an early morning view of the Chicago lakefront, while raising money for the AAO-HNS Foundation on September 11. Make it even more fun and competitive by creating a team from your institution or practice.

For special events with additional fees, please sign up during the registration process.

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