Otolaryngology Core Curriculum

AAO-HNSF, in partnership with the academic otolaryngology leadership, are excited to announce a new game-changing education offering, the Otolaryngology Core Curriculum (OCC). This new online learning platform is designed to ensure that residents have a strong foundation of core knowledge required for otolaryngology practice.

It is the only multimedia learning tool that establishes a core knowledge baseline for otolaryngology practice. The platform provides Residency Training Program Directors the ability to actively participate in residents’ learning, track their progress, and evaluate their need to help residents progress successfully throughout their training.

  • The platform launched Monday, July 1st!
  • We need everyone to login so the relationship between a Program Director, Coordinator, and Resident is mapped to the Study Schedule feature.
  • Orientation for Program Directors and Coordinators is scheduled for Monday, July 8, at 8:00 pm (ET). Register today!
  • For registration and/or login support, please email [email protected].
  • During this inaugural launch year, the AAO-HNSF will roll out the first 50 modules for 50 weeks of learning, covering the essential topics in otolaryngology.
  • The goal in 2026 is to have the full curriculum available, which will include 100 modules to support a complete two-year course of study.
  • Each module includes a weekly course of study, case-based learning, and a set of topic-specific assessment questions.
  • Learners have access to a robust Question Bank to test knowledge and build mastery.
  • The platform also includes a searchable multimedia library with otolaryngology images, surgical video procedures, topical webcasts, podcasts, and education resources.

PHASE I

FIRST 25 MODULES STARTED TO BECOME AVAILABLE JULY 1

FACIAL PLASTIC/RECONSTRUCTIVE 
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Bleph/Brow Lift
  • Scar Revision/Resurfacing

FUNDAMENTALS 
  • Perioperative Management
  • Professionalism
  • Evidence-based Medicine

GENERAL OTOLARYNGOLOGY AND SLEEP 
  • Diagnostic Evaluation of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Deep Neck Space Infections
  • Pharyngitis

HEAD AND NECK 
  • Salivary Gland Pathology
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Basics of Head and Neck Cancer

LARYNGOLOGY 
  • Benign Laryngeal Lesions
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis/Paresis
  • Tracheotomy and Acute Airway Management

OTOLOGY/NEUROTOLOGY 
  • Chronic Otitis Media and Cholesteatoma
  • Ménière’s Disease
  • Cochlear Implants

PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGY 
  • Adenotonsillar Disease
  • Laryngotracheal Disorders
  • Pediatric Middle Ear Disease
  • Pediatric Tracheotomy

RHINOLOGY/ALLERGY 
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps
  • Benign Sinonasal Neoplasms
  • Allergy Testing

PHASE II

25 MODULES AVAILABLE JANUARY 1, 2025

FACIAL PLASTIC/RECONSTRUCTIVE 
  • Facial Reanimation 
  • Botox/Fillers 
  • Cutaneous Facial Reconstruction

FUNDAMENTALS 
  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Otolaryngology (Part 1) 
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills (Part 1) 
  • Business of Medicine (Part 1)

GENERAL OTOLARYNGOLOGY AND SLEEP 
  • Epistaxis 
  • ABCs of Trauma Management 
  • Dental Occlusion and Dentistry

HEAD AND NECK 
  • Thyroid Disease/Neoplasms 
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms 
  • Principles of Neck Dissection

LARYNGOLOGY 
  • Dysphagia 
  • Neurologic Voice Disorders  
  • Functional Voice Disorders

OTOLOGY/NEUROTOLOGY 
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular System 
  • SNHL and Tinnitus 
  • Vestibular Schwannoma

PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGY 
  • Deep Space Neck Infections 
  • Pediatric Rhinosinusitis 
  • Vascular Anomalies 
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss

RHINOLOGY/ALLERGY 
  • Complications of Sinus Disease 
  • Non-Allergic Rhinitis 
  • Olfactory Disorders 

*The first year of launch, July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025, includes the first 50 topics.

View the Phase I Schedule

This new product launched on July 1, 2024, and is geared toward Otolaryngology Residency Training Programs and their residents. AAO-HNSF has contacted each program with a packet of information and the necessary materials to assist with enrollment.

  • Residency Training Programs: Registration materials were emailed to you in early May.
  • Individual Residents: Residents wishing to register themselves, please email [email protected].

Programs that enroll will receive the following three complimentary subscriptions:

  1. Program Director
  2. Program Coordinator
  3. A faculty teaching account to set up your program

The OCC is currently only available to residents enrolled in U.S.-based residency programs. At a future date, the OCC will expand its offerings for individual subscriptions, both international and domestic. As we continue to develop the core curriculum for this program, we are also working on implementing the registration mechanism for individuals interested in the program.

We do not currently have a date of availability for that, but we will continue to keep the information on this webpage updated. Thank you for your interest in the program and the core knowledge baseline that is offers for otolaryngology practice and patient care.

Please email us [email protected].

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