Celebrating Over 75 Years Of Service

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.

"Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and skill in the care of the allergic patient."


Your AAOA at the AMA

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Fall Advocacy Update: USP 797, E/M Documentation and Payment

Revisions to USP Chapter 797 Open for Comment Since the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) released…

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Brief Update on the Final CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final Physician Fee…

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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

12/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/2019: 2019 Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/2019: Research Grant Cycle

06/7/19: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2019 Basic Course

07/31/19: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2019 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2019 Annual Meeting
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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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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.135


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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

2019 Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course
February 8-10, 2019 | Dallas, TX
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2019 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
June 27-29 | Minneapolis, MN
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2019 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 13-15 | New Orleans, LA
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2019 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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OTC Allergy Medications

There seem to be more and more medications available for allergy treatment that  you can now purchase over the counter.
The FDA is allowing previously prescription only drugs to be made available directly to the consumer without a prescription — adding more to the over-the-counter options in the healthcare aisles.

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News and Updates

From the AAOA President, Matthew Ryan, MD

...the AAOA continues to be the organization that Otolaryngologists look to for up-to-date education and information on the…

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FDA Approves First Generic Version of EpiPen

The Food and Drug Administration approves the first generic version of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.…

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Social and Networking Events at the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting

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AAOA Interactive Allergy and Rhinology Course 2019


Friday, February 8, 2019

10:30am: Check-in Opens

11:00am: Group Lunch with Faculty: What Do You Want Out Of This Course? – All available faculty

Otolaryngic Allergy 101

  • 11:50am: Introduction and Course Overview – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 12:00pm: Case-Based Panel: Allergies & Asthma Ruined My Life – Moderator: Cecelia Damask, DO, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Parker, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:40pm: Understanding Immunology… (seriously!) – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 1:00pm: Immunology of Allergy & Immunotherapy – Michael Platt, MD
  • 1:30pm: Interactive Session: Name That Allergen – Christine Franzese, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

2:10pm: Break

  • 2:30pm: Skin Testing Techniques: Prick Testing with Video – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 2:45pm: Preparation of Testing and Treatment Board with Video – Michael Parker, MD
  • 3:05pm: Skin Testing Techniques: Intradermal Dilutional Testing and Modified Quantitative Testing – Maria Veling, MD
  • 3:35pm: Video: IDT and MQT – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 3:45pm: Lecture & Case Practicum Specific IgE Testing Methods and Interpretation – Michael Parker, MD

4:15pm: Break

  • 4:35pm: Case-Based Practicum: Allergy Testing – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 5:05pm: Case-Base Panel: When Good Patients Go Bad –  Q&A with Faculty – Moderator: Cecelia Damask, DO, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Parker, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

5:50pm: Adjourn for the Evening

Saturday, February 9, 2019

6:15am: Breakfast with the Faculty – Small Group Sessions 

  • 7:00am: Mission Impossible: Environmental Control – Maria Veling, MD
  • 7:20am: Pharmacotherapy: Patients vs. Guidelines/ICAR – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 8:10am: Application of Immunotherapy for Inhalant Allergy I: Initial Vial Mixing for Subcutaneous Immunotherapy – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 8:40am: Application of Immunotherapy for Inhalant Allergy II: Escalation, Maintenance, and Withdrawal of Subcutaneous Immunotherapy – Michael Parker, MD

9:10am: Break 

  • 9:30am: Case-Based Practicum: Vial Mixing for SCIT – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 10:00am: This Is Us Having Anaphylaxis – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 10:45am: Sublingual Immunotherapy: Safety & Efficacy – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 11:10am: Sublingual Immunotherapy: Dosing, Escalation, Tablets – Sarah Wise, MD

11:35am: Lunch

  • 12:35pm: Introduction to Food Allergy – Michael Parker, MD
  • 1:05pm: Panel: Immunology, Biologics, and Sinusitis – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 1:45pm: Panel Wrap-Up: Q&A with Faculty – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Sarah Wise, MD

2:30pm: Break

Introduction to Rhinology

  • 3:00pm: Diagnosis and Classification of Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 3:20pm: Aduld Rhinosinusitis Guidelines and Evidence-Based Recommendations [AAO-HNS and ICAR] – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 3:40pm: Pediatric Rhinosinusitis – Michael Platt, MD
  • 3:55pm: Sinus Anatomy and imaging – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 4:20pm: Immunodeficiency and Sinus Disease – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 4:35pm: Cystic Fibrosis and Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 4:50pm: Granulomatous Diseases Involving the Sinuses – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 5:15pm: Case-Based Panel: Systemic Diseases in the Rhinologic Patient – Moderator: Matthew Ryan, MD, Panelists: John DelGaudio, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

6:00pm: Adjourn for the Evening

Sunday, February 10, 2019

6:30am: Breakfast

  • 7:20am: Septal and Nasal Valve Surgery – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 7:35am: Epistaxis – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 7:50am: Systemic Antimicrobials and Steroids for Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 8:10am: Topical and Alternative Therapies for Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 8:25am: Acute Complicated Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD

8:50am: Break

  • 9:15am: Fungal Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 9:35am: Pre-op and Post-op Techniques to Maximize FESS Outcomes – Michael Platt, MD
  • 9:55am: Technical Aspects of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 10:15am: Frontal Sinus Management – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 10:35am: Balloon Sinus Ostial Dilation: Techniques, Evidence, and Guidelines – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 10:55am: Office Rhinologic Surgery – John DelGuadio, MD
  • 11:15am: Complications of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – Sarah Wise, MD

11:35am: Break – Grab your Lunch!

  • 11:55am: Lunchtime Case-Based Panel: Complications of Sinus Surgery – Moderator: John DelGaudio, MD, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:40pm: Headache – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:55pm: Smell and Taste – Michael Platt, MD
  • 1:10pm: Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 1:30pm: Benign Sinonasal Neoplasms – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 1:45pm: Malignant Sinonasal Neoplasms – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 2:05pm: Case-Based Panel: If I Could Do This One Over Again – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: John DelGaudio, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 2:50pm: Q&A with Faculty

3:00pm: Program Concludes

The online syllabus will be available by February 1. All registrants will be provided with access instructions by e-mail when the syllabus is released. Download the 2019 AAOA Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Registration Form – COMING SOON.


Registration Price List

Fellow Member$1,495.00
Associate Member$1,595.00
International Member$1,595.00
NP/PA Member$1,595.00
Resident*/Fellow-In-Training Member$600.00
Non-Member $2,745.00

*The AAOA sponsors residents from ACGME-accredited otolaryngology training programs to attend this course. In addition, ACGME-accredited training programs can sponsor additional residents to attend the course at a discounted rate. Please contact Elisabeth Herzfeld eherzfeld@aaoallergy.org or your training program director/coordinator for more information. If you are in an osteopathic otolaryngology training program and/or you want to self-pay for this course, please contact eherzfeld@aaoallergy.org.

Important Information

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-transferable. Refunds (less a 20% administration fee) may be considered for cancellations received in writing by the AAOA prior to January 8, 2019. Cancellations received after January 8, 2019 are non-refundable.

If you’re not a member of the AAOA, join now and take advantage of the membership rates.

If you have a disability or require assistance during the course, contact the AAOA at 202-955-5010.