Get Involved with the WIO

How to Participate in the WIO

The following are ways that all Academy members can participate in the WIO Section's activities.

Benefits of Section Membership

The WIO Section offers women otolaryngologists many opportunities to strengthen their professional support system and skills through networking events, professional development, and mentoring programs. In addition, membership and active involvement in the Section provides a training ground for developing leadership skills and understanding the governance structure and other avenues to engagement opportunities within the AAO-HNSF.

Professional Development and Outreach

  • Present to lay public, primary care and specialist physicians, allied health professionals, students, or patients about otolaryngology– head and neck surgery
  • Serve as a media contact (including writing articles for local/national news media)
  • Participate in AAO-HNS media and public relations campaigns, e.g., Kids ENT Health, Otolaryngology Health and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHNCAW), etc.


  • Attend the fall WIO Luncheon Session and General Assembly
  • Attend WIO-sponsored annual meeting miniseminars and committee meetings

Want to Make a Difference? Apply Now for a WIO Elected Position!

Positions available this year include:

  • Chair-Elect: 1 year term, 3-year commitment: individual becomes Chair and then Immediate Past Chair.
  • Member-at-Large: 2 year term
  • Information Officer/Secretary: 2 year term

Click here to apply today!

More information and a complete roster of the current WIO Governing Council and WIO Committees can be found by clicking here. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions. 



DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, February 28, 2014 

Each year, the Section’s leaders plan to solicit requests for proposals (RFP) from members for grant funding intended to help advance the Section’s mission.

The WIO Section endowment fund is used to support:  (a) career development of women otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons, whether private, academic, or military; (b) actionable research that affects how women are integrated into mainstream otolaryngology; (c) promotion of work/life integration (an issue facing all ORLs, of concern especially to our younger female members); (d) leadership development and recognition; and (e) the engagement of notable speakers relevant to women’s needs and interests for AAO-HNS/F WIO Section.

Click here for RFP application!  

WIO Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award

The Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Section is pleased to request applications for the Dr. Helen F. Krause Trailblazer Award. This award recognizes an individual who through scholarship, advocacy, leadership, and/or mentorship has furthered the interests of women in the field of otolaryngology.

Click here for the nomination form!


  • Attend the annual meeting educational sessions and miniseminars on physician payment and coverage issues 
  • Attend the CPT/Relative value committee meeting at annual meeting 
  • Fill out a RUC survey for the AMA's Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) for otolaryngology procedures you perform
  • Write an article for the monthly news magazine, the Bulletin on an issue important to women otolaryngologists and the specialty
  • Receive the Health Policy Update e-newsletter and provide input on issues that directly impact you and your patients
  • Participate in local, state, and federal advocacy initiatives that are of unique or of special interest to women


For more information, contact WIO staff at


Become a Member of AAO-HNS

Become a member of AAO-HNS

Receive many benefits to help you in your professional pursuits:  shape the future of the specialty, manage the business side of your practice more smoothly, and more.

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Humanitarian Opportunities

Humanitarian Opportunities

Do you enjoy travel or have a yearning to help others? If so, why not volunteer for humanitarian efforts?

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Awards & Honors

The Academy recognizes the extensive meritorious service of medical professionals' teaching, research, and leadership within the specialty.