The committee process is extremely important to the AAO-HNS/F. The actions by the Board of Directors stem for the most part from recommendations by Academy or Foundation committees. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard! I urge you to let your desire and willingness to serve on a committee be known, and if you see a need that should be addressed, channel your request through the appropriate Academy/Foundation committee. It’s your Academy. Get involved!
J. Regan Thomas, MD

The 2014 committee application process has closed.

All applications will be notified of their application status in early June.

If you are interested in committee work, please make sure to attend the committee meetings at the 2014 AAO-HNS/F Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM this September 21 - 24, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

If you have any questions about committees or the application process please contact

Committee Resources

The resources below will familiarize you with all the AAO-HNS/F Committees. For additional questions please contact

Committee Chargesright_arrow_blue
Committee Member Handbook right_arrow_blue
Committee Rostersright_arrow_blue
Current Committee Openingsright_arrow_blue
Conflict of Interest/Financial Relationship Disclosure right_arrow_blue
Antitrust Compliance Statementright_arrow_blue
SRF Committee Representativeright_arrow_blue



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join a committee?

Review committee openings
Select up to three committees in an area of interest or expertise
Note: Academy, Foundation, Education, and BOG committees are part of the yearly application cycle
Applications open in November of each year
Must submit committee application online by February 1 of each year



Are there any restrictions in applying for a committee?
Must be a member in good standing with the Academy;
Must be a voting fellow, member, resident, scientific fellow, international fellow, or international member of the Academy to be eligible to serve as a committee member; and
Must have an email address which you use daily.


What are the committee policies?
Committee chairs and members typically serve on a committee for two consecutive two-year terms, with a third reappointment granted in special circumstances. Consultants are appointed for one two-year term.

Committee members completing their term are advised to contact the chair and/or co-chair expressing an interest in being reappointed.

Members who have served six consecutive years on a committee must wait two years before reapplying to the same committee.
AAO-HNS/F policy limits the number of committees on which one can participate concurrently to no more than two.


What type of commitment is involved?
Must attend committee meetings and participate in conference calls. In-person meetings are usually held during the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO.
Devote the time and effort required to accomplish the committees objectives.
Fulfill committee assignments on a timely basis as delegated by the committee chair.


What are the benefits in serving on a committee?
Network with colleagues in your field of expertise
Influence the body of medicine
Become more involved in leadership
Earn honor points for service on committees


How are members selected to serve on AAO-HNS/F committees?
Applications must go through an approval process before selections are official:
Committee chair makes recommendations;
President-Elect makes preliminary appointments;
President-Elect’s recommendations are submitted to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for review; and
Board of Directors approves appointments during its summer meeting, typically held in June.


When will I be notified regarding committee appointments?
Applicants are notified electronically in June.
Newly appointed members are given an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the committee by attending the next committee meeting as an invited guest.
Terms begin October 1 and end September 30.


Have a question that was not answered here?
Please contact AAO-HNS committee staff for more information.




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