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Q: How can I get a copy of my transcript? A: A complimentary official transcript is sent electronically to all participants in Foundation activities at the beginning of each year. Due to high demand for duplicate copies, we charge a $35 fee for each additional transcript requested after March 31st. To order a transcript, please complete the attach form and return it by fax to 703-519-1570 or email to Q: I never received a copy of my CME credit for a specific meeting or activity. Why didn’t I receive them and can I still get a copy? A: We do not automatically send out CME certificates or credit reports for each individual education activity. We provide an official transcript to all participants at the beginning of each year documenting all activities and credit for the entire year. If you require a certificate for a specific course, please contact the Education Department at Q: Why is the credit for some of the activities on my transcript listed as zero? A: There may be two reasons for this. First, when you completed your post-test or evaluation you may have neglected to list how much credit you earned for the education activity. We cannot automatically assign credit; therefore it is listed as zero. To update your credit, please contact the Education Department at Second, if the course was an enduring material (AcademyU, HSC, PMP) you are required to pass a post-test with a score of 70%. If you did not, you would receive no credit for the activity. You should have been notified about this and there are retest options available. To find out if you did not pass a post-test, please contact the Education Department Q: How can I accumulate significant number of CME/CE credit in a short period of time? A: We have a broad selection of activities and products that offer CME/CE credit, visit our Professional Development for a full listing of all education products. Q: How much CME credit do I need to earn each year in order to retain my medical license? A:The AAO-HNSF does not track continuing education requirements for the different state licensing organizations. You may find the resources provided by The Federation of State Medical Boards useful in researching this question. Q: How much credit do I need to retain my AAO-HNS Membership? A: None. The AAO-HNS has no continuing education requirements for membership. Q: Can I report hours reading professional journals or non-Foundation online study for CME credit on my transcript? A: These are activities that may be self-reported as AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™ for the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. The Foundation does not formally designate these activities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and therefore they will not appear on your AAO-HNSF transcript. Q: How is the AAO-HNS different from the ABOto? A: The AAO-HNS is a membership organization that offers continuing education and other services. The ABOto is the specialty's certification body. Q: How can I join an Education Committee? A: In the fall of each year, Academy members have the opportunity to apply to serve on one of several committees, eight of which are education committees based on each subspecialty within otolaryngology. The Education Steering Committee (ESC) reviews these applications and recommends to the Board of Directors who should serve on each of the eight education committees.  Visit our Professional Development page to learn more. Q: Do you have education programs for me to use at my hospital for non-otolaryngologist training? A: We have a number of education activities aimed at the non-otolaryngologist and allied health professionals described on our Education Homepage.  You can also contact The Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head—Neck Nurses or the Society for Physician Assistants in Otolaryngology for more information on continuing education for these health professionals. Q: I am preparing for the ABOto’s Maintenance of Certificate exam. Are there Foundation resources that would help with exam preparation? A: Many existing AAO-HNSF education activities would assist a person undergoing maintenance of certification, including examination preparation and lifelong learning. Q: My practice is seeking ICA accreditation for CT imaging. What resources does the Foundation have that will help me meet the continuing education requirements? A: The Foundation has many education activities that would assist in meeting the ICA continuing education requirements. For an overview of the Foundation’s education program, please visit the Professional Development. For a current list of all AAO-HNSF education activities, visit EProfessional Development