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Otolaryngology Maintenance of Certification

AAO-HNSF Education Resources and Maintenance of Certification

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery/American Board of Otolaryngology Joint Statement on Professional Self-Regulation and Continuous Certification:

"The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology are strongly committed to the promotion of professionalism and safe, high-quality care through professional self-regulation. We feel this is best accomplished through ongoing lifelong participation in high-quality, meaningful, and relevant learning activities as well as on-going assessment related to an otolaryngologist- head and neck surgeon’s current practice. We support the concept of designing learning and assessment activities that can be integrated into the physician’s normal workflow. We recognize that these activities require constant development and continuous improvement, including incorporation of feedback from practicing otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons."

AAO-HNSF offers many education activities to assist individuals participating in maintenance of certification. 

AcademyQ: Otolaryngology Knowledge Assessment Tool™ is a mobile app for Apple and Android devices that includes hundreds of questions across the eight specialties. Users are provided with instantaneous detailed feedback and they can highlight, take notes, and mark questions for future review.

Clinical Fundamentals: Satisfy the Clinical Fundamentals requirement for Part III of Maintenance of Certification by viewing live or online versions of the instruction courses presented during the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

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Otolaryngology Lifelong Learning Manual, 3rd Edition (OLLM): In response to the recent advances in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, this manual contains substantial revisions and additions to the content carried forward from the first edition. The chapters have been restructured to cover topics by specialty area, while also including the business of medicine and clinical fundamentals. Our goal has been to provide an efficient and easy-to-read, comprehensive reference manual to meet the needs of the practicing surgeon, and simultaneously serve the needs of the maturing resident. 

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Online Lecture Series (OLS): The Online Lecture Series (OLS) offers quick and concise versions of top Annual Meeting sessions in an online format. The format includes the speaker’s presentation audio and slides, reference lists, and links to additional resources.

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Annual Meeting Review Courses: These courses allow participants to refresh and update their knowledge of the substantial areas of each otolaryngology specialty area. These courses may serve as a resource for those pursuing certification and recertification.

Live courses are held annually at the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience and recorded versions are available on AcademyU in January 2016.

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Maintenance of Certification for the Otolaryngology Medical Specialty is a program of the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto).

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery does not have any oversight involvement in this program.

All questions concerning MOC should be directed to the American Board of Otolaryngology.