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Member Benefits

Educating and Lifelong Learning

AcademyU, the Foundation's comprehensive otolaryngology education source, contains hundreds of learning options presented in a variety of formats to complement different learning styles. Developed by leading expert volunteers, the materials are designed to deliver relevant education that is meaningful to your practice. Visit now.

The Foundation provides educational support for maintenance of licensure and certification. All education activities, including the AAO-HNSF annual meeting, are aligned with the specialty areas defined by the American Board of Otolaryngology, making it easy for you to customize your education. For up-to-date information on Maintenance of Certification (MOC), click here.

Conferences and Events

Members enjoy a reduced registration rate on registration for the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, the world's largest gathering of otolaryngologists, together with the world's largest collection of products and services for the specialty. This four-day, premier educational program provides the latest in otolaryngology medicine through scientific oral and poster presentations, miniseminars, instruction courses, and more.

Legislative and Political Advocacy

Your membership supports the Academy's political and legislative advocacy efforts, helping to advance key policy initiatives important to the specialty, your practice, and your patients. Learn more about leadership opportunities and ways to get involved locally!


Scientific journal, Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery

Ranked third** (Eigen Factor) among the journals in the specialty, it is packed with articles on scientific developments, cutting-edge research, guidelines, topical supplements, and systematic literature and evidence reviews.

Members have access to the new AAO-HNSF online journal,Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, with robust features and functionality. Editor's Choice collections have been added to the electronic journal, as well as popular monthly podcasts.


The Bulletin is the monthly magazine of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. It features articles written by member otolaryngologists and Academy staff, as well as regular segments on political advocacy, the grassroots member network, practice management, and the latest specialty news and information. 

The Bulletin (ISSN 0731-8359) is published monthly, and a yearly subscription is offered as a member benefit. It contains:

  • Best-Read Features
  • Specialty-specific coding and reimbursement tips
  • The latest from Academy leaders 
  • Announcements of new CME offerings
  • Important legislative information committee updates
  • Extensive listings of courses, meetings, and workshops in the field of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery
  • Employment classified ads.

Membership in the AAO-HNS is an investment in you and your professional development. As a member, you become connected to a global community of otolaryngology professionals.

Regardless of where you are in your career or practice setting, membership offers many paths and opportunities to share, learn, and interact with colleagues in ways that will help you meet your professional goals, including:


  • Online Member Directory: Search for members by name, organization, or location, as well as a variety of other criteria.
  • Committees: Share best practices, collaborate on common issues, and plan the future of the profession.
  • Local networking: Get involved with and network locally at your local otolaryngology society.
  • Social media: Join our new member engagement portal, ENTConnect, engage and stay in contact with your peers, and stay abreast of current conversations in a secure, member-driven environment.
  • Special Networking Sections: Connect with peers, benefit from specialized programming, and take part in activities in our sections:  Women in Otolaryngology Section, Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training, and Young Physician Section.


  • "I use Academy resources all the time - for MOC, for CME, for Socioeconomic issues, to find a colleague. It's a place I trust. And I really enjoy going to every Annual Meeting - to learn more about my subspecialty, to participate in committee meetings, to see the latest and greatest at the OTO EXPO℠, and to meet my colleagues who have become dear friends from all over the US and the world. I always come back from the Annual Meeting chock-full of ideas and collaborations, and with a bigger 'Rolodex'!"

    Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD

  • "The AAO-HNSF is a fantastic resource for advocacy related initiatives that affect not only my practice but every Otolaryngologist in the country. Although we represent only a small percent of total physicians, our Academy's voice is strong and well respected. I am proud to be an active member of the Academy and an active participant in the Board of Governors."

    Peter J. Abramson, MD

  • "The Academy plays a major role in research, education, and advocacy for otolaryngologists. The Academy’s support for research performed by residents, fellows, and junior faculty has been a critical part of launching research careers, including my own. The Annual Meeting is just the most visible aspect of the Academy’s educational activities, although there are many other efforts. In the current era of health care reform, the Academy’s role in advocating for our patients and otolaryngologists is essential."

    Eric J. Kezirian, MD

  • "Participation in our Academy has given me the great opportunity to know and connect with other members who are not in my subspecialty. Over the years I have continued to enjoy the social and professional interactions with other members through meeting participation, committee work, and simply staying connected across our respective institutions to maximize how we serve our patients and enhance education. Furthermore, it has been very enjoyable to interact with young physicians and residents/fellows who are already active and seek opportunities to contribute to our organization and specialty. I am grateful for all that our Academy, its leaders, and staff members for what they do every day so that I may make greater impact in my career as  an otolaryngologist."

    Julie L. Wei, MD

  • "The AAO-HNS has been an advocate for me personally, and my patients. By being involved with the academy I better serve my patients and their families. I am a better otolaryngologist with the many continuing educational opportunities offered. I am very thankful for the friendships developed by working with the academy."

    Joseph E. Hart, MD

  • "As a resident I was surprised how easy it was to get involved with the Academy. I became the resident representative from my training program to the Section for Residents and Fellows (SRF), and was later chosen as the delegate to represent the SRF at the American College of Surgeons. There are many ways to get involved, such as running for office in the SRF, applying for committee memberships or for appointed positions, or simply attending meetings of the Board of Governors. Resident participation is encouraged and valued at all levels, and it allows us the opportunity to participate in shaping the specialty and keeping it strong to meet the challenges of the future. It's easier than you might think to get involved and make a difference!"

    Frank G. Garritano, MD

  • "I consider the academy my professional home. They provide a broad array of services that assist me in every part of my job…whether its continuing medical education, advocacy training and representation, or assistance with insurance coverage issues. They have been responsive to members input and used that to initiate programs such as the I-go program to improve our local contact with our federal representatives. Moreover, the organization’s vision of the critical need for effective quality and safety initiatives has helped make Otolaryngology a leader in the medical guideline and quality fields despite our relatively small size." 

    Stacey L. Isman, MD

  • "Our Academy provides the world’s best educational and vocational resources for today’s otolaryngologist. I am lucky to be part of an organization that consistently protects my interests in an ever-changing health care economy."

    Sanjay R. Parikh, MD

  • "We are a tiny specialty with a big voice thanks to the Academy.  While I am hard at work taking care of patients the Academy, with the help of physician volunteers and staff, is advocating on my behalf, working on education and research, creating best practices and guidelines, and building resources and communities for our members. The annual meeting is a highlight providing opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country and around the world while attending courses on clinical topics, the business and politics of medicine and having access to the expo and so many vendors and technology. The world of medicine is rapidly changing on so many levels and the Academy is my best way for staying current on all the issues affecting my specialty. The Board of Governors, Academy committees and Sections provide many opportunities for members to directly engage with the Academy. My participation allows me to not only give back to this great organization  which is here to help me but allows me new and exciting ways to help my patients, my fellow colleagues and the house of medicine."

    Wendy B. Stern, MD

  • "Together we can generate ideas and paths to lead one another and, in time, the specialty. By serving the Academy's committees, I've had the chance to meet colleagues and understand their perspectives as we use our energy for progress. I am very grateful for the opportunity."

    Peter G. Volsky, MD

  • "During my residency and since I have found the Academy to be a welcoming environment which looked to mentor and promote young physician leadership and advancement.  Through my interactions, many relationships with colleagues and academy personnel were sparked which at a minimum can be described as symbiotic.  In these times of changing healthcare and efforts to reduce reliance on corporate support I gave back to the Academy so that other residents and young physicians can have the same opportunities with which I was provided."

    Spencer C. Payne, MD

  • "As a member of the AAO/NHS for almost 20 years, the Academy staff has always been very responsive to its membership myself included in a number of areas. However, I’m not sure that all the membership is aware how quickly the staff surveys the country for legislation in all 50 states and organizes the needed response. These seemingly mundane and difficult to read legislative acts can and do greatly impact our daily lives and individual work experiences. The Academy staff has done an exceptional job in defeating legislation that is bad for our patients and us, as doctors. Currently a bill is before the CA legislature about “self-referral” for CT scanning in office as well as other self-referrals. We all know it’s cheaper for patients and improves the care we can provide. We think this is bad legislation and an organized multi-specialty response is being organized but without the staff, bad legislation could easily get passed by an unaware CA legislature."

    Marcella R. Bothwell, MD

5 Steps to Apply

Fill out required documents

To ensure timely processing of your application, please complete all sections and submit required documentation on the Membership Application.

Select the type of membership for which you qualify

See the Membership Application Guidelines on the next page to select the type of membership for which you qualify: Fellow, Member, Scientific Fellow, Associate, Affiliate, Resident, or Retired. Please note: To apply for the Resident or In-Training category, you must submit verification of training with your application. Either attach an official letter of acceptance to the program, or have your program director/chair complete the Training Verification section of the application. To apply for Retired category, you must submit a copy of your medical malpractice insurance coverage or other proof of retirement as provided toyour local medical licensing board with your application.

Submit endorsement

Submit an endorsement from an active Fellow, Member, Scientific Fellow, Life Member, or society officer. If you are in a training or residency program, your program director/chair may endorse your membership application.

Pay membership dues

Mail, fax, or email your completed application to the AAO-HNS with your membership dues. Dues cover your membership from the time we receive and process your application through December 31. Applications processed after August 31 receive immediate electronic member benefits (e.g., access to the online journal and Bulletin, the weekly e-newsletter, The News, etc.) and the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ discounts. Full member benefits begin January 1.

Receive your welcome letter

After we verify and confirm your application and payment, we will notify you of your candidacy. About one week later, we will email you a welcome letter to confirm your status as a member candidate. You may then start to order educational materials at the special member rate. Other member benefits such as your subscriptions to our scientific journal and the Bulletin will start within four weeks. If you join after August 31, your print subscriptions will begin January 1. The Board of Directors votes on membership three times per year. Upon Board approval, we will order and mail your membership certificate. Resident and In-Training members receive certificates when they complete their training programs.