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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.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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Congress Considers Extension of Telehealth Flexibilities Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to…

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Changes To E/M Codes Beginning On January 1st

Effective January 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized significant changes to…

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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

12/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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02/22/22: Deadline For Call For Proposals
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04/01/22: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/22: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/22: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2022 Basic Course

08/01/22: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline

09/01/22: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2022 Annual Meeting

EDUCATION

The live stream of the 2021 AAOA Annual Meeting concluded on October 21st, but you can still register and earn CME/MOC credits. 4 hours of Pre-Work On-Demand content will be accessible until November 15, 2021. If you missed a lecture during our live-streamed content, do not worry. Most of the lectures will be available within the next week until November 15, 2021. Learn More

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IFAR Featured Content: COVID-19 - Free Access
Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

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

2022 AAOA Advanced Course
Hybrid! Santa Fe, NM & Virtually
January 13-15, 2022
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2022 AAOA Basic Course
The Diptomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL
June 30-July 2, 2022

2022 AAOA Annual Meeting
Loews Philadelphia, PA
September 9-11, 2022

USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

DosedDaily: A Free Resource For Residents

The AAOA has partnered with DosedDaily to offer a free resource for residents to support…

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OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

On Friday, November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interim final…

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

PRACTICE RESOURCES

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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PARTNER RESOURCE CENTER

AAOA has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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PATIENT CORNER

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AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology 2021

Course Faculty Biographies

Course Directors

Christopher Brook, MD, FAAOA – Course Co-Director

Dr. Brook is a board-certified otolaryngologist who practices in an academic setting in Boston. He is originally from California and went to the University of California Santa Barbara for his undergraduate degree. He completed his medical school education at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, and his residency in otolaryngology at Boston University. He then completed a fellowship in rhinology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. His research interests include the relationship of chronic sinusitis and allergic disease, as well as the relationship of allergen sensitivity and laryngitis. Chris lives in the Boston area with his wife and four children.

Disclosures:

Radmetrix – Consulting Fee
GI Reviewers – Consulting Fee

Cecelia Damask, DO, FAAOA – Course Co-Director

Dr. Damask is in private practice at Lake Mary Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in the greater Orlando, FL area. She received her DO from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Medicine and completed her residency training at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and has presented at various AAOA courses and meetings since 2009. Dr. Damask currently serves as AAOA Education Coordinator.

Disclosures:

Audigy Medical – Consulting Fee
AstraZeneca – Contracted Research and Speakers Bureau
Genentech – Advisory Board
GlaxoSmithKline – Advisory Board
Optinose – Speakers Bureau
Sanofi/Regeneron – Advisory Board and Speakers Bureau

Michael Parker, MD, FAAOA – Course Co-Director

Dr. Parker received his medical degree in 1982 from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, and completed his otolaryngic residency there in 1987.  He currently practices privately, but maintains a close affiliation with the Health Science Center and is actively involved in teaching residents and students. Dr. Parker has served as a board member, Scientific Director, CME Chairman, and President of the AAOA, and in several faculty positions for the AAOA. He is the Past President of the Foundation Board.

Disclosures:

Optinose – Advisory Board and Speakers Bureau

Faculty

Elizabeth Mahoney Davis, MD, FAAOA

Newburyport, MA

Dr. Davis recently returned to academic otolaryngology in Boston after seven years in a private community-based otolaryngology and allergy practice.  She is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, and is active in resident education.  Dr. Davis completed her undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame and continued her medical education at the University of Nebraska.  She then completed her general surgery internship and otolaryngology residency at the Boston University Medical Center. She is a fellow of the AAOA and American College of Surgeons.

Disclosures:

Nothing to disclose

John A. Fornadley, MD, FAAOA

Hershey, PA

Dr. Fornadley is an attending physician at Penn State Otolaryngology, Hershey, PA.  He received his medical degree from Medical School at Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey PA and did his residency in Otolaryngology at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. In September 1999, Dr. Fornadley entered private practice in central Pennsylvania. His medical interests include eustachian tube function, ear and sinus surgery and his outside interests are sailing, diving, and cycling. Quote: “No teaching attending is worthless; they can always be used as a bad example.”

Disclosures:

Optinose – Speakers Bureau

Joshua M. Levy, MD, MPH

Atlanta, GA

Dr. Levy is a board-certified otolaryngologist who practices in an academic setting at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He is originally from Maryland and went to Cornell University for his undergraduate degree. He completed his medical and public health education at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where he also completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. He then completed a fellowship in rhinology at Oregon Health & Science University. He is an assistant professor of otolaryngology and director of resident research at Emory. His research is supported by several industry, foundation and NIH awards, and involves exploration of biologics for allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, as well as the role of endogenous cannabinoids in aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. Josh lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and daughter Margot.

Disclosures:

3NT Medical LTD – Contracted Research
AstraZeneca – Contracted Research
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals – Contracted Research
Gossamer Bio, Inc.- Contracted Research
Optinose – Contracted Research
Regeneron – Advisory Board

Jami Lucas

Reston, VA

Ms. Lucas serves as the Executive Director and CEO of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and its Foundation, a position she has held since 1996. With over 30 years of otolaryngology association management experience, Ms. Lucas has unique industry expertise. Prior to working with the AAOA, she served in many staff roles at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, from marketing and member communications to intrasociety relations. This experience gave her a better understanding of the scope of otolaryngology, the socioeconomic issues impacting the specialty, and intraspecialty interplay. Prior to working with otolaryngology, Ms. Lucas worked as a journal and handbook copy editor for the American Physiological Society.

Disclosures:  

Nothing to disclose

Michael Platt, MD, FAAOA

Boston, MA

Michael Platt MD, MSC is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine.  He is a fellowship-trained rhinologist who studies diseases of the upper airways via molecular bioinformatics approaches.  He serves as Program Director for the Otolaryngology residency program at Boston University.  Dr. Platt attended the University of Scranton and Jefferson Medical College before pursuing Otolaryngology training at Albany Medical Center and Rhinology Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  While at Boston University, Dr. Platt obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Bioinformatics.  Dr. Platt lives in Brookline, MA, with his wife Judy who is the Director of Student Health at Boston University and his three children.

Disclosures:

GI Reviewers – Consulting Fee

Farrah N. Siddiqui, MD, FAAOA, FACS

Friendswood, TX

Dr. Siddiqui is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  After graduating from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan, she completed her residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  Having practiced Otolaryngic Allergy in both a private practice and academic setting, Dr. Siddiqui strives to teach medical students, residents, physicians, nurses and her patients about the newest diagnostic and treatment options in the field of Allergy with a focus on safety and efficiency.  Dr. Siddiqui currently serves in the AAOA Item Writing Taskforce.

Disclosures:

Nothing to disclose

Jennifer Villwock, MD, FAAOA

Kansas City, KS

Dr. Jennifer Villwock is a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellow of the AAOA. She attended medical school at the Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine and residency at SUNY-Upstate in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Villwock is currently an associate professor and associate residency program director at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her academic interests include olfaction and sinonasal disease. She is also passionate about medical education from the undergraduate level to continuing education. Dr. Villwock’s outside interests include “gardening” aka (according to her husband) digging up perfectly good lawn and then neglecting what she plants there instead.

Disclosures:

University of Kansas – Pending Patent for AROMA

Sarah K. Wise, MD, MSCR, FAAOA

Atlanta, GA

Sarah K. Wise, MD, MSCR is a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Emory Otolaryngology Residency Program Director, Rhinology Fellowship Director, and Director of Otolaryngic Allergy. Dr. Wise completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, residency at Emory University and rhinology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Wise has served on the Board of Directors of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She is currently the 1st Vice President of the American Rhinologic Society and will become the society’s first female President in 2022. Her clinical interests include inflammatory rhinology, otolaryngic allergy, relationship of allergy and chronic rhinosinusitis, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Dr. Wise lectures nationally and internationally.  Her most notable publication is the International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Allergic Rhinitis (International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, February 2018), where she served as first author and primary editor for this multi-disciplinary international effort that included 107 authors.

Disclosures:

ALK-Abello – Advisory Board
NeurENT – Consulting Fee
Optinose – Advisory Board
Sinopsys Surgical – Advisory Board
Stryker – Consulting Fee

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Registration Price List

Fellow Member$1,110.00
Associate Member$1,225.00
International Member$1,225.00
NP/PA Member$1,225.00
Allied Health Member$1,225.00
Resident Member$600.00
Non-Member Physician$2,500.00
Non-Member Allied Health, NP/PA$2,500.00
Industry Representative$2,500.00
Non-member Resident$850.00

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 June 1, 2021.

Cancellations received after June 1, 2021 are non-refundable. 

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

Note for New Member Applicants

If you would like to receive a member rate for the 2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology, please submit your membership application, supporting documents, and payment no later than June 1, 2021.

Contact Ben Wokas at (202) 955-5010 ext. 300 or bwokas@aaoallergy.org if you have any questions.

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