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."


NEWS! USP General Chapter <797> Implementation Postponed

The United States Pharmacopeia announced that, due to appeals underway, the previously announced implementation date…

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USP Update

Final Standards for Allergen Extract Compounding under USP Chapter 797 The long-awaited new USP Chapter…

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Impact OF 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on Allergy and Sinus Services

Specialty Impact The conversion factor for 2019 will be $36.0391 and remains essentially flat.  The changes…

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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

12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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02/15/20: Crowdsourcing for 2020 Scottsdale
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02/15/20: Call for Proposals
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04/01/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course Learn more

09/11/20: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2020 Annual Meeting Learn more


Here is What You Missed...

2019 New Orleans was an outstanding success?  With over 500 participants, our AAOA members left New Orleans re-energized, re-freshed, and re-engaged.  The program offered something for everyone — from cutting edge clinical content to every day how to’s for practice management efficiencies. Read More

AAOA in the Lone Star

Join us in the Lone Star State for the 2019 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy and Immunology. This course builds on the basic clinical care of allergic patient concepts and techniques presented at the AAOA’s Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology. Read More


IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454


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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 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 23-25| Scottsdale, AZ
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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NEW!!! USP 797 Online Module
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AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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Off to College: Tips for Managing Allergies

Heading to college is an exciting time. What are the best ways for students to avoid exacerbation of their symptoms as they enter the hallowed halls of higher learning?

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

News and Updates

A Message from AAOA President, Alpen Patel, MD

Alpen Patel, MD, FAAOA is currently serving as 2019-2020 AAOA President. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGGN1HewAsI AAOA's 2019-2020 President,…

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New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today…

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Become a Member of the AAOA

Application Process

Application Process

The AAOA Secretary reviews all membership applications and makes recommendations for consideration to the AAOA Board of Directors and, subsequently, the AAOA voting members.
During the AAOA’s Annual Meeting, the AAOA voting members convene to vote on new member candidates. In order to be considered, applications must be complete 45 days prior to the annual business meeting (approximately July 31st).
Once a complete application is processed, new member candidates will be eligible for member discounts while the application is under consideration.

Application fees are non-refundable and must be received prior to consideration.

Call 202-955-5010 or email Ben Wokas  for more information on the AAOA and membership benefits, or download and complete the membership application form.

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Membership Categories

Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)

Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations, who have an active practice in otolaryngology.

Academic Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)

Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations. In addition, the applicant must verify full-time Academic status at an ACGME accredited Otolaryngology or Osteopathic training program.

Military Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)

Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations. In addition, the applicant must provide documentation of active military status. A letter from the applicant’s superior officer is required with the application.

Resident (One-Time Dues: $45 /lifetime of residency)

The one-time dues payment of $45 is waived if the training program director or department chair are current AAOA members.

Open to residents currently enrolled in an ACGME/American Board of Otolaryngology-approved or American Board of Osteopathy-approved otolaryngology residency program or other approved training programs as outlined in the Rules & Regulations. A letter of recommendation from the training program director or department chair is required with the application.

Advanced Practitioner (NP/PA, Dues/Application fee: $205)

Open to individuals who currently work for an active AAOA physician member as an otolaryngic allergy physician assistant or nurse practitioner at the time of their application and every year there after.

Allied Health (Dues/Application fee: $205)

Open to individuals who currently work for an active AAOA physician member as an otolaryngic nurse, technician, administrator, or other paramedical personnel at the time of their application and every year there after.

International Member (Dues/Application fee: $435)

Open to otolaryngologists outside of the United States who can provide proof of recognition as a practicing otolaryngologist within their current country and who have an active practice in otolaryngology.


Yearly, the AAOA expends an enormous amount of staff and volunteer-leader time and expertise promoting and defending the scope and practice of otolaryngology, recognizing allergy as a core component.

Limited to active members, the AAOA will make every effort to assist on reimbursement, scope of practice, and other payer-related issues affecting the practice of otolaryngology and patient access to care. The AAOA has been successful in modifying how carriers interpret and reimburse common allergy diagnostic and therapeutic techniques such as IDT and in vitro testing, as well as working directly with CMS on Medicare issues. As members of the AMA House of Delegates, the AAOA has a seat on the AMA CPT panel, opportunities to participate in the Relative Value Update and Practice Expense Advisory panels, and serves on the Physician Consortium on Practice Guidelines (PCPI). This voice helps us to work on behalf of our members and their patients

As an otolaryngic advocacy campaign, the AAOA has joined forces with the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery to promote the unique expertise otolaryngologists have in treating patients with sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and related disorders.

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Discounts & Benefits

As a member, you will be eligible for registration fee discounts on all AAOA CME functions and all of our patient education and practice management resources. These savings alone can offset most or all of your dues.

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Member Publications

Member Publications

AAOA Today newsletter

This quarterly communication tool updates members on issues related to the specialty (socioeconomic and educational), actions by the Board of Directors, research grant funding, educational course opportunities and registration materials.

International Forum on Allergy & Rhinology (IFAR)

IFAR is the official journal of the AAOA and its Foundation. This journal launched in 2011, and as an AAOA Associate or Fellow member you will receive print issues and have online access.

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Professional Development

Professional Development

Connect with a network of over 2,700 otolaryngic allergy healthcare providers to share knowledge and experience to help advance your skills in patient care. The AAOA offers the following CME programs annually: