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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."


Congress Moves Closer to Close the Books on FY 2018 Appropriations

In a span of 4 days, Congress passed legislation to fund the government through March…

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Act Now to Avoid MACRA Penalties

Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent…

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CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule outlining the requirements…

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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

06/01/23: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/23: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2023 Basic Course

07/01/23: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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12/01/23: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/24: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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2023 AAOA Basic Course

Register Now to access over 26 hrs of CME | Continuing Certification through our 2023 Hybrid Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology.  Launching with core pre-work on demand June 1, the live component will build on the basics of adding allergy, including hands-on practica.  Post course, registrants have access to all the content until September 1, 2023. Learn More


For information about Resident opportunities, DosedDaily, research grants, and other resources. Learn More


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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

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

2023 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology - Hybrid
On-Demand Access to over 19 hrs of CME | Continuing Certification until June 1
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2023 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology - Hybrid
June 1 - Pre-Work On-Demand
June 29 – July 1 - Live
September 1 - Access
Hyatt Regency Seattle
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2023 AAOA Annual Meeting - Hybrid
September 29 – October 1, 2023
Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown
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USP 797 Online Module
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AAOA Educational Stacks
Next Availability - November 1, 2023

News and Updates

CMS Coding 2021 – AAOA Zoomcast

A brief summary of the CMS Coding 2021 – AAOA Zoomcast Series: Just In Time…

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Re-Engaging Patients During and Post COVID-19 Pandemic – AAOA Zoomcast

A brief summary of the Re-Engaging Patients 2021 - AAOA Zoomcast Series: Just In Time…

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool


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 has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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What is an Otolaryngologist?

By Christine DeMason, MD

An otolaryngologist is a physician who takes care of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth and neck. Most people know otolaryngologist as an ENT or Ears, Nose and Throat doctor. Otolaryngologist take care of both children and adults. 

The official title is Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, as they treat both the medical and surgical disorders of the head and neck, splitting time between seeing patients in clinic and in the operating room. Otolaryngologist treat a variety of diseases including hearing loss, hoarseness, tonsillitis, sinusitis and allergies (see list below). 

Within otolaryngology, there are subspecialist who focus on certain aspects on ENT. These include 

  • Otology (ear diseases)
  • Rhinology (nose and sinus diseases)
  • Facial plastics (reconstructive treatment of face, ears and nose)
  • Head and neck oncology (cancers of the head and neck)
  • Laryngology (voice and swallowing disorders)
  • Pediatrics (children with ENT problems)

These fellowships are typically 1-2 years after completing an Otolaryngology residency. On the other hand, a general otolaryngologist treats all aspects of ENT and usually sends complex patients to these subspecialists if need be.  

To receive full certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (ABOto), applicants must complete college, medical school and a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology and then pass a written and oral examination. 

What do Otolaryngologist Treat?

Here are some of the common diseases that Otolaryngologist treat but by no means a complete list. 

Ear related diseases such as

  • Hearing loss
  • Ear infections
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo/balance disorders

Nose/Allergies diseases such as 

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal obstruction 
  • Nasal trauma 
  • Epistaxis/nose bleeds
  • Smell disorder

Throat disorders such as 

  • Hoarseness and voice changes
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Tonsillitis 
  • Deep neck infections

Head and Neck disorders such as 

  • Salivary gland diseases
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Oral and laryngeal (voice box) cancers
  • Sleep apnea 
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