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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.

"Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and skill in the care of the allergic patient."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

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

12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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02/15/20: Crowdsourcing for 2020 Scottsdale
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02/15/20: Call for Proposals
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04/01/20: 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

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

EDUCATION

Here is What You Missed...

2019 New Orleans was an outstanding success?  With over 500 participants, our AAOA members left New Orleans re-energized, re-freshed, and re-engaged.  The program offered something for everyone — from cutting edge clinical content to every day how to’s for practice management efficiencies. Read More

IFAR

IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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Changes in Managing Practices

Mission

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

2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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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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NEW!!! USP 797 Online Module
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PRACTICE RESOURCES

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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PATIENT CORNER

Off to College: Tips for Managing Allergies

Heading to college is an exciting time. What are the best ways for students to avoid exacerbation of their symptoms as they enter the hallowed halls of higher learning?

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

News and Updates

NEW! Windy City Tours: Content Meets Culture – Conversations with Experts 

In an effort to maximize educational value, content, and time, the AAOA Education Committee has…

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Welcome to the 2017 AAOA Annual Meeting

Offering Winning Strategies for Your Practice By Cecelia Damask, DO, Director of Educational Programs, and Matthew…

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President Message

Are lectures the best way to educate physicians?  What does it take for us to…

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AAOA Leadership

My AAOA Story

by Michael Platt, MD, FAAOA

Like many AAOA fellows, I was first exposed to the AAOA as a resident.  At that time, the opportunity to travel was probably just as important to me as the educational value of the course.  Most residents (myself included) consider surgical training as the highlight of residency training.  Yet once in practice, new attendings (myself included) realize the benefits of allergy training in clinical practice.  Over the past 10+ years in practice as a rhinologist, I cannot imagine how my practice would have been without having the allergy knowledge that the AAOA provided for me throughout my career.  The ability to understand all facets of allergic disease has allowed me to better care for my patients in a comprehensive rhinology practice.

I’d like to reflect on an experience I had while looking for my first job coming out of fellowship.  I remember interviewing with a large group practice which barred Otolaryngologists from practicing allergy. They thought it was more efficient to have medical allergists collaborate with Otolaryngologists. I was told that I could not practice allergy if I joined their practice.  I was somewhat surprised that a practice would limit the scope of practice of their clinicians beyond what their board certification had specified.  The ABOHNS certification for Otolaryngology includes the practice of allergy for good reason- allergy affects the ears, nose, and throat in many ways.  Was their goal to provide better patient care with two physicians collaborating on every allergic patient? Was their model intended to increase referrals in their system? Did the physicians mind being limited in their scope of practice?

After 10+ years in practice, I have learned that there is great value in both incorporating allergy into a rhinology practice and collaborating closely with other allergy experts.  I am proud to have outstanding colleagues in Allergy/ Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine who I collaborate with on a daily basis, at the same time as managing my own patients with allergic disorders.  I believe that the mutual respect that I have encountered between other allergy practitioners and myself was enhanced by my abilities to understand allergic disease at the forefront of medicine, taught to me by the AAOA courses.  I have been most impressed by the leadership efforts by AAOA education experts to continually update course materials and educational curricula. 

With changes in how residents learn, where practitioners seek CME education, and the landscape of pharmaceutical support, challenges remain in how to best provide current residents with opportunity for allergy education during their residency training.  I wonder if I would have been as successful in treating my patients had I not had the introduction to allergy in residency which the AAOA provided.  As the AAOA plans their path for the future, I believe that it is essential part of the mission to lead resident education in allergy in parallel with the many offerings for practicing clinicians.