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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

Health Policy Updates tied to COVID-19

HILL UPDATES Senate Republicans released an updated version of the CARES Act on Sunday, March…

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USP Compounding Standards Update

A letter from the USP Healthcare Quality & Safety from March 12th, 2020 Dear Colleague,…

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USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations

Latest Updates  on USP <797> On September 23, 2019, the United States Pharmacopeia has announced that,…

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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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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

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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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IFAR Featured Content: COVID-19 - Free Access
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

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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News and Updates

A Message from the AAOA President, Alpen Patel MD, FAAOA

Dear AAOA Members, We are definitely dealing with unprecedented circumstances on so many levels.  As…

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AAOA COVID-19 Member Alert

First and foremost, we hope you are all safe and healthy. These are not easy…

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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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Burnout: A Real Problem, Not Just a Trendy Talk Show Topic

When you really look at hot topics in medicine, physician burnout seems to really skyrocket up to the top. Everyone is doing surveys to help show you how burnt out they are.

  • According to a 2011 study at the Mayo Clinic, 45% of all US physicians had at least one symptom of professional burnout.
  • Projections from HHS target 2020 as the year we will face a 50,000 physician shortage.
  • Otolaryngology ranks high on the list and one of the top surgical specialties facing burnout.

Yet with all this data on burnout, its logarithmic growth rate, and its impact on healthcare, it seems the only solutions are bandages. Everyone focuses on work-life balance. How does one achieve that in today’s health system?

Tait Shanafelt, MD, Stanford University suggests, “We tell physicians to get more sleep, eat more granola, do yoga, and take better care of yourself. These efforts are well intentioned.” Dr. Shanafelt adds, “The message to physicians, however, is that you are the problem, and you need to toughen up.” In a recent NEJM article, Shanafelt goes on to note, “We need to stop blaming individuals and treat physician burnout as a system issue. If it affects half of our physicians, it is indirectly affecting half of our patients.”

When focusing just on otolaryngology, the triggers for burnout fall as in the chart below.

While we currently do not have the answers, we recognize we all need to be a part of the solution. Join us as we start a conversation around burnout during the Annual Meeting and start working towards innovative ways to stem the tide and reduce the contributors.