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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


The AAO-HNS Foundation is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. The Foundation sponsors a number of education activities that offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Through these activities, physicians can:

  • Increase their knowledge of the most current research advances and medical practices in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • Achieve greater competence in performing diagnostic and treatment measures to provide quality service to patients
  • Improve practice skills, abilities, and strategies for high-quality, evidence-based standards of otolaryngology healthcare delivery

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Continuing Professional Development Mission Statement


The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s (AAO-HNSF) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program strives to improve healthcare provider (physicians, physicians-in-training, advanced practice providers, and medical students) knowledge, competence, and practice through lifelong learning by identifying and addressing the education needs which underlie practice gaps in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

Content Areas

All CPD activities meet the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and American Medical Association (AMA) definitions of continuing medical education and are related to the specialty of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. The Foundation’s CPD program addresses education needs underlying gaps in care across the diverse and highly specialized scope of practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

The scope of education topics covered by CPD reflects the subspecialties recognized by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO). Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons may focus their practice on one or more specialties: 

  • General Otolaryngology
  • Allergy
  • Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Head and neck surgery (benign and malignant tumors including thyroid and parathyroid glands)
  • Laryngology (voice and swallowing disorders)
  • Otology/audiology
  • Pediatric otolaryngology
  • Rhinology (nose and sinus disorders)
  • Neurotology (disorders of the inner ear including tumors)
  • Sleep medicine

Other content areas include:

  • Practice Management
  • Geriatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • Clinical fundamentals including ethics and patient safety 

In addition, the core competencies of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) are addressed.

Target Audience

The primary audience for CPD activities is physicians and physicians-in-training who specialize in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Specific CPD activities are also developed for general practice physicians, advanced practice providers, and medical students.

Learning Opportunities Provided

The learning activities provided through CPD are based upon adult learning principles and designed to meet desired results through effective faculty, format, and content development. These activities fall into the following categories.

  • Knowledge resources
  • Print publications
  • Live events
  • eBooks
  • Online education
  • Manuscript review
  • Faculty credit

Expected Results

The expected results of participation in CPD activities are improvement in healthcare and patient outcomes through:

  • Increased knowledge of  current research and advances in medical practice within otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
  • Greater competence in performing diagnostic and treatment measures to provide quality service to otolaryngology patients
  • Improved practice skills, abilities, and strategies for delivery of high-quality, evidence-based otolaryngology healthcare 

Disclosure Policy

AAO-HNSF requires that any individual who may have control of the content for an activity must submit a disclosure form that discloses any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. Any real or potential conflicts of interest will be indentified and resolved prior to an activity.

Financial Support of Education Activities

AAO-HNSF may accept commercial support from commercial interests for activities whose acceptance is in compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support and the Foundation Continuing Professional Development Guidelines.

About Us

The Foundation’s education initiatives are aimed at increasing the quality of patient outcomes through knowledgeable, competent, and professional physicians. We provide the knowledge base that supports physician education for the specialty.  

Education Faculties/Committees

Most Academy members are eligible for committee membership, and all others may be appointed as non-voting consultants to the committees. If you have expertise in a particular field, and time to commit to serving as an author or faculty, you are invited to apply.