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Get Involved with the Academy

Members of the AAO-HNS have an array of opportunities to impact the specialty by getting involved with the Academy's initiatives. These opportunities are not only member benefits, but they also provide a valuable service to the specialty and are designed to fit any level of participation based on your availability.

Since 2000, the SRF has given residents and fellows-in-training a voice in determining the course of their profession while still in training.
The Young Physicians Section is composed of young professionals who are under 40 or within eight years of finishing their residency and/or fellowship training.
The WIO Section is dedicated to assisting the career development of women otolaryngologists and those considering careers in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
The BOG is made up of local, state, regional, and national otolaryngology-head and neck surgery societies from around the United States and Canada, and serves as an important avenue of communication with the Board of Directors to help improve the programs and policies of the AAO-HNS/F.
Committees provide the opportunity for members to collaborate with medical minds from around the globe on crucial issues impacting the specialty. Build your professional network, stay on the cutting edge of research and issues affecting the body of medicine, and earn honor points for your service.

Other Ways to Get Involved


The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery offers a variety of opportunities for members to share their expertise by authoring, reviewing, and presenting content that influences the quality of patient care. Publishing opportunities include:

Write an Article for a Peer-Reviewed Journal

Submit an article to the Foundation’s scientific journal, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, or to OTO Open, the Foundation’s open access journal. The benefits of submitting an article include rigorous peer review of your research and global exposure among a multidisciplinary audience. LEARN MORE

Become a Journal Reviewer

The peer review process is essential to the development of research across all subject areas. Reviewers provide support and insight to authors and benefit from reading cutting-edge research prior to publication. LEARN MORE


Be an Advocate for the Specialty

In today’s regulatory and legislative climate, it’s vital for U.S. otolaryngologists to use their clinical expertise to advocate on behalf of the specialty. The AAO-HNS provides numerous opportunities for members to influence federal and state healthcare policies, communicate with elected officials, and advocate for patients.

Here are some ways to get involved as an advocate for the specialty: 

Join Project 535

Sign up to become a “key contact” for your federal legislators and amplify the Academy’s efforts when major healthcare issues are debated in Congress. LEARN MORE

Become a State Tracker

Join nearly 150 physician volunteers who collaborate with the AAO-HNS, their state OTO society, and their state medical society to review legislation and enact positive change. LEARN MORE

Join the ENT Advocacy Network

Members of the ENT Advocacy Network receive access to legislative “Calls to Action” and the monthly e-newsletter–The ENT Advocate–highlighting the Academy’s advocacy efforts and engagement opportunities.  

To sign up for the Academy’s grassroots programs or learn more, visit or email!