Celebrating Over 75 Years Of Service

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."


CARES Act and Public Health Emergency Funds Allocation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced how it plans to allocate the…

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CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Additional Information

AMA Updates on CARES Act Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided…

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Interim Package and Resuming Non-COVID Care

Sharing the latest on the interim package and the news from CMS about resuming non-COVID…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

04/15/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course Learn more

07/15/20: Call for Scientific Papers
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09/11/20: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2020 Annual Meeting Learn more

12/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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New Virtual Course!

Register now as we build out Part 2 Core Allergy & Part 3 Core Rhinology.   Both promise to deliver clinical content you need.  Core Allergy will offer what you need to help refresh or add allergy to your practice — everything from the clinical science to the basics of allergy from a better understanding of testing techniques, vial prep, and dose calculations to other practical implications.  Core Rhinology encompassed the highly sought after rhinology content from our former IAR program.  Part 1 will launch soon with on demand content to help you balance all your time demands.  Part 2 & 3 will feature live-stream content to give you opportunities to interact with the faculty.  Post live session, this content will also be available on demand. Stay tuned for more details as we finish our program build. Read More


IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454


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Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

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Changes in Managing Practices


Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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Live and Online CME

NEW VIRTUAL COURSE! Core Allergy and Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond
Learn How to Reboot Your Practice and Freshen Up on Core Allergy and Rhinology Components
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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
COVID-19 has made it impossible to convene our 2020 Basic Course. We hope you will consider another AAOA CME opportunity

2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 23-25| Scottsdale, AZ
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2020 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 9-12 | Vail, CO
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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USP 797 Online Module
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2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 15-17 | Seattle, WA

News and Updates

Resuming SCIT During COVID-19 Pandemic

This summary is intended to provide practicing Otolaryngologists a guide to resuming safe allergy care…

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Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

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AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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AAOA Interactive Allergy and Rhinology Course 2019


Friday, February 8, 2019

10:00am: Check-in Opens

11:00am: Group Lunch with Faculty: What Do You Want Out Of This Course? – All available faculty

Otolaryngic Allergy 101

  • 11:50am: Introduction and Course Overview – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 12:00pm: Case-Based Panel: Allergies & Asthma Ruined My Life – Moderator: Cecelia Damask, DO, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Parker, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:40pm: Understanding Immunology… (seriously!) – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 1:00pm: Immunology of Allergy & Immunotherapy – Michael Platt, MD
  • 1:30pm: Interactive Session: Name That Allergen – Christine Franzese, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

2:10pm: Break

  • 2:30pm: Skin Testing Techniques: Prick Testing with Video – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 2:45pm: Preparation of Testing and Treatment Board with Video – Michael Parker, MD
  • 3:05pm: Skin Testing Techniques: Intradermal Dilutional Testing and Modified Quantitative Testing – Maria Veling, MD
  • 3:35pm: Video: IDT and MQT – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 3:45pm: Lecture & Case Practicum Specific IgE Testing Methods and Interpretation – Michael Parker, MD

4:15pm: Break

  • 4:35pm: Case-Based Practicum: Allergy Testing – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 5:05pm: Case-Base Panel: When Good Patients Go Bad –  Q&A with Faculty – Moderator: Cecelia Damask, DO, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Parker, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

5:50pm: Lectures Adjourned – Drinks with the Professors

Saturday, February 9, 2019

6:15am: Breakfast with the Faculty – Small Group Sessions 

  • 7:00am: Mission Impossible: Environmental Control – Maria Veling, MD
  • 7:20am: Pharmacotherapy: Patients vs. Guidelines/ICAR – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 8:10am: Application of Immunotherapy for Inhalant Allergy I: Initial Vial Mixing for Subcutaneous Immunotherapy – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 8:40am: Application of Immunotherapy for Inhalant Allergy II: Escalation, Maintenance, and Withdrawal of Subcutaneous Immunotherapy – Michael Parker, MD

9:10am: Break 

  • 9:30am: Case-Based Practicum: Vial Mixing for SCIT – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 10:00am: This Is Us Having Anaphylaxis – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 10:45am: Sublingual Immunotherapy: Safety & Efficacy – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 11:10am: Sublingual Immunotherapy: Dosing, Escalation, Tablets – Sarah Wise, MD

11:35am: Lunch

  • 12:35pm: Introduction to Food Allergy – Michael Parker, MD
  • 1:05pm: Panel: Immunology, Biologics, and Sinusitis – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 1:45pm: Panel Wrap-Up: Q&A with Faculty – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists:  Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Sarah Wise, MD

2:30pm: Break

Introduction to Rhinology

  • 3:00pm: Diagnosis and Classification of Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 3:20pm: Adult Rhinosinusitis Guidelines and Evidence-Based Recommendations [AAO-HNS and ICAR] – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 3:40pm: Pediatric Rhinosinusitis – Michael Platt, MD
  • 3:55pm: Sinus Anatomy and Imaging – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 4:20pm: Immunodeficiency and Sinus Disease – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 4:35pm: Cystic Fibrosis and Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 4:50pm: Granulomatous Diseases Involving the Sinuses – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 5:15pm: Case-Based Panel: Systemic Diseases in the Rhinologic Patient – Moderator: Matthew Ryan, MD, Panelists: John DelGaudio, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

6:00pm: Adjourn for the Evening

Sunday, February 10, 2019

6:30am: Breakfast

  • 7:20am: Septal and Nasal Valve Surgery – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 7:35am: Epistaxis – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 7:50am: Systemic Antimicrobials and Steroids for Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 8:10am: Topical and Alternative Therapies for Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 8:25am: Acute Complicated Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD

8:50am: Break

  • 9:15am: Fungal Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 9:35am: Pre-op and Post-op Techniques to Maximize FESS Outcomes – Michael Platt, MD
  • 9:55am: Technical Aspects of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 10:15am: Frontal Sinus Management – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 10:35am: Balloon Sinus Ostial Dilation: Techniques, Evidence, and Guidelines – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 10:55am: Office Rhinologic Surgery – John DelGuadio, MD
  • 11:15am: Complications of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – Sarah Wise, MD

11:35am: Break – Grab your Lunch!

  • 11:55am: Lunchtime Case-Based Panel: Complications of Sinus Surgery – Moderator: John DelGaudio, MD, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:40pm: Headache – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:55pm: Smell and Taste – Michael Platt, MD
  • 1:10pm: Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 1:30pm: Benign Sinonasal Neoplasms – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 1:45pm: Malignant Sinonasal Neoplasms – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 2:05pm: Case-Based Panel: If I Could Do This One Over Again – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: John DelGaudio, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 2:50pm: Q&A with Faculty

3:00pm: Program Concludes

The online syllabus will be available by February 1. All registrants will be provided with access instructions by e-mail when the syllabus is released.


Registration Price List

Fellow Member$1,495.00
Associate Member$1,595.00
International Member$1,595.00
NP/PA Member$1,595.00
Resident*/Fellow-In-Training Member$600.00
Non-Member $2,745.00

*The AAOA sponsors residents from ACGME-accredited otolaryngology training programs to attend this course. In addition, ACGME-accredited training programs can sponsor additional residents to attend the course at a discounted rate. Please contact Elisabeth Herzfeld eherzfeld@aaoallergy.org or your training program director/coordinator for more information. If you are in an osteopathic otolaryngology training program and/or you want to self-pay for this course, please contact eherzfeld@aaoallergy.org.

Important Information

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-transferable. Refunds (less a 20% administration fee) may be considered for cancellations received in writing by the AAOA prior to January 8, 2019. Cancellations received after January 8, 2019 are non-refundable.

If you’re not a member of the AAOA, join now and take advantage of the membership rates.

If you have a disability or require assistance during the course, contact the AAOA at 202-955-5010.