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Position Statement: Pediatric Otolaryngology

Position Statement: Pediatric Otolaryngology
All board-certified otolaryngologists have been trained to care for pediatric patients. Pediatric otolaryngology is a subspecialty within otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. The  additional training is a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at a tertiary care pediatric facility.  Such advanced training may include management of children with otolaryngologic diseases who have complicated co-morbidities, management of more unusual pediatric head and neck diseases, and performance of less common surgery such as that needed to treat complex aerodigestive disease and anomalies of the head and neck in young children. Pediatric otolaryngology is a subspecialty that has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Approved 9/12/2002
Revised 3/2/2014

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Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. Position statements are not intended to and should not be treated as legal, medical, or business advice.