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Otology, Neurotology, and Sleep Medicine Take the Stage during #OTOMTG20 Week Four

“So grab a cup of joe or a spot of tea, sit back in your favorite chair (in your pj’s), and enjoy the high-quality education programming brought to you by the AAO-HNSF! – Bradley W. Kesser, MD, president of the American Neurotology Society

Bradley W. Kesser, MD

The fourth week of cutting-edge science, education, and networking opportunities at the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is full steam ahead. In collaboration with the American Neurotology Society (ANS), American Otological Society (AOS), and the AAO-HNS Sleep Disorders Committee, the focus of this week’s live education events will expand your knowledge base and expertise in these specialty areas. The cooperation among ANS, AOS, and AAO-HNS in finding ways to bring crucial education content to the otolaryngology community has resulted in a valuable schedule of events, developed with the attendees’ professional and personal calendars in mind.

“Outstanding otologic and neurotologic information will be afoot this week,” said Bradley W. Kesser, MD, ANS president. “Not only at a cost savings, but the convenience of watching high-quality education activities in a virtual production from our homes or offices—and receiving continuing medical education credit for it—cannot be overstated.  Recordings of these educational lectures, panels, scientific presentations, etc. adds to the convenience as not only can we choose where to watch, but we can also choose when to watch.  Morning eagles or night owls can tune in at their own convenience and enjoy at the peak of their attention!”

Patrick J. Antonelli, MD

That sentiment was echoed by Patrick J. Antonelli, MD, AOS president. “The virtual platform has allowed us to reach a broader audience, both in the United States and abroad,” he said. “Colleagues that might not be able to attend because of financial, time, or other travel constraints, can easily and efficiently participate in the meeting. Furthermore, access to recorded material allows us to revisit presentations for a much more impactful educational experience.”

This specialty-focused week also features Expert Lectures and Panel Presentations, in addition to all the on-demand content, including Scientific Oral Presentations and ePosters, on sleep disorder conditions.

Cristina Baldassari, MD

Sharing her thoughts on the value of having sleep disorders be a focal point of specialty education during the six-week program, even on the virtual level, Cristina Baldassari, MD, Chair of the AAO-HNS Sleep Disorders Committee said, “Advances in the evaluation and management of sleep apnea in both children and adults are rapidly emerging.  The AAO-HNSF Virtual Annual Meeting and new OTO Logic online learning platform provide otolaryngologists with an interest in treating sleep apnea patients the opportunity to stay current with new innovations that can improve the care we provide to our sleep apnea patients.”

It is with great enthusiasm that the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience designates week four of the meeting as the otology, neurotology, and sleep medicine specialty-focused week. Following are a few live education sessions that will be presented this week:

  • Chronic Ear Surgery: Surgical Techniques and Avoidance of Complication (Read the advance article)
    • Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 – 9:00 am (ET)
  • Addressing Controversies in Pediatric Sleep Endoscopy: A Review of the New AAO-HNSF Clinical Consensus Statement on DISE
    • Wednesday, October 7, 8:00 – 9:00 am (ET)
  • Evidence-Based Otology for the General Otolaryngologist
    • Thursday, October 8, 8:00 – 9:00 pm (ET)
  • Oral Appliance Therapy Made Simple in Your Comprehensive Sleep Apnea Practice
    • Thursday, October 8, 8:00 – 9:00 pm (ET)
  • Management of Spontaneous CSF Otorrhea
    • Saturday, October 10, 11:00 am – Noon (ET)
  • Medical Work-Up of Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss – Case Presentation
    • Sunday, October 11, 4:00 – 5:00 pm (ET)
  • Expanding Criteria for Cochlear Implantation
    • Sunday, October 11, 4:00 – 5:00 pm (ET)

In addition to the above, the following live Industry Thought Leadership presentations and “Office Hours” are available on the schedule: 

Industry Thought Leadership Presentation (access the full schedule):

  • Cook Medical “Considerations in Office-Based Snoring Management” (Read the advance article)
    • Peter O’Connor, MD, Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, and B. Tucker Woodson, MD
    • Saturday, October 10, 11:00 am – Noon (ET)
  • Acclarent: “New Office Procedures for Otology and Rhinology” (Read the advance article)
    • Kevin Brown, MD, Marc Dean, MD, and Karen Hoffman, MD
    • Saturday, October 10, Noon – 1:00 pm (ET)

“Office Hours” with OTO Thought Leaders (access the full schedule):

  • Demystifying the Eustachian Tube
    • Edward D. McCoul, MD
    • Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 am (ET)
  • Roads Less Traveled by – Paths to Leadership from the Perspectives of a Dean, Presidents and Chairs
    • Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, Cherie-Ann O. Nathan, MD, Maie St. John, MD, PhD
    • Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm (ET)
  • Reconstructive Conundrums
    • Mark K. Wax, MD
    • Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm (ET)
  • Incorporating ERAS into Building a Head and Neck/Microvascular Surgery Service in Your First Five Years of Practice
    • Nicole M. Fowler, MD, Rod P. Rezaee, MD, Jason E. Thuener, MD, Shawn Li, MD, Akina Tamaki, MD
    • Thursday, October 8, 9:00 pm (ET)
  • Facial Paralysis Q&A and Case Discussion
    • Nina Lu, MD
    • Thursday, October 8, 9:00 pm (ET)
  • Navigating the Academic Pathway to Promotion
    • Eileen M. Raynor, MD
    • Saturday, October 10, 10:00 am (ET)
  • Hearing Committee
    • Oliver F. Adunka, MD
    • Sunday, October 11, 3:00 pm (ET)

For more education and science related specifically to otology/ neurotology / sleep medicine, check out the available on-demand content as well as the Oral Scientific Presentations and ePosters. If you miss any of the above live sessions, they will be available in the on-demand library of education content within 72 hours of presentation. All content will be available to attendees on the Virtual Annual Meeting platform through October 31, 11:59 pm (ET). After that attendees will have access to most sessions via the AAO-HNSF education platform, OTO Logic (formerly AcademyU®), for three years.

In addition to cutting-edge education and research, there are other engagement opportunities through the Networking and Wellness Lounges, Academy Central, and the OTO Experience. If you have a question for Academy staff or exhibitors, please go to their booth and virtually leave your business card by following the link in the booth. Someone from that booth will get back in touch with you.

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