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Volunteer Opportunities

No matter what your talent or passion, we offer a variety of ways to get involved, meet other Members, and make a difference. Check this page often as we add new volunteer opportunities!

Write for the Bulletin
Our highly ranked, award-winning monthly news magazine, the Bulletin, brings members timely, trusted insights on clinical developments, quality and safety, socioeconomic issues, practice management tips, and translational research. Do you have a topic or a series you think would benefit our members? We would love to hear from you! Contact Us.

Review Journal Articles and Manuscripts
Reviewers for the journal Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery develop critical thinking skills that improve research, teaching, and clinical care. Star reviewers critique multiple manuscripts each year, providing informed and insightful comments that enhance journal content. Reviewers are eligible for three continuing medical education credits for each accepted review. Contact Us.

Volunteer with a Humanitarian Mission
Humanitarian work includes a wide range of opportunities to bring improved medical care or education to underserved populations. You can also take part in a medical mission in the developing world, joining teams that specialize in cleft lip/palate, head and neck cancer, pediatrics, plastic reconstructive surgery, otology, thyroid care, or general otolaryngology. Learn More.

Represent Your State Society and Board of Governors
Established in 1982 as a grassroots member network, the BOG functions as an advisory body to the Board of Directors (BOD) and the AAO-HNS membership. It is made up of local, state, regional, and national otolaryngology—head and neck surgery societies from around the United States and Canada. The BOG plays a vital role in the Academy and in the specialty to identify and respond to issues that confront otolaryngologists and their patients. These issues include legislative and regulatory proposals at the local, state, and federal levels; as well as socioeconomic and public relations matters. Contact Us.

Attend a Committee Meeting as an Invited Guest
Nearly all of the 80+ AAO-HNS/F Committees and Workgroups are open to the public to attend and participate. While invited guest cannot vote on committee matters, they are encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise. Many current committee members got their start on a committee by attending the meeting first as a guest. To view the current committee meeting schedule, visit

Join the State Tracker Team
State Trackers serve as the Academy’s “boots on the ground” when legislatures are debating proposals that may impact the specialty, your practice, and your patients. Trackers notify the AAO-HNS and their state OTO society for potential action on otolaryngology-related bills identified in their daily email reports. Learn More.

Be a Local Advocate
Interested in meeting with your lawmakers without making an expensive trip to Washington, DC? The AAO-HNS In-district Grassroots Outreach (I-GO) program is an easy way to connect locally with your legislators year round!  Contact Us.

Get Involved in Regulatory Advocacy
In today’s regulatory climate, it’s vital for otolaryngologists to get involved and use clinical expertise to advocate on behalf of the otolaryngology community with federal regulators.  Advocacy is the key to defining the future of otolaryngology, so get involved today!  You can access easy to use links on our regulatory advocacy page, to send your feedback directly to CMS, the FDA and other key regulators. Learn more.  

Fill out a RUC Survey
Our Academy actively participates in the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) process. The RUC, a joint effort of the AMA and medical specialty societies, makes recommendations on revising and updating the resource-based relative value scale that is used by Medicare and many private payers. As part of this process, you may be asked to participate in a survey to help value a CPT code. Your work on this survey is critical in the Academy’s efforts to ensure appropriate valuation. A high survey-completion rate and thoughtful, well-informed survey responses greatly improve the probability that the Academy’s recommendations will be accepted by the RUC. Learn more.