International Programs

International outreach, worldwide partnerships, and the exchange of information and education are vital to the Academy and its Foundation.

Global Ground Rounds

The AAO-HNSF Global Grand Rounds series is an initiative of the Academy’s International Advisory Board (IAB) to improve care of patients and physician education around the globe. It is a virtual event, held quarterly, that is open to all otolaryngologists around the world at no cost. Moderated by IAB leaders, each session includes world thought leaders and expert panel presentations followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  Registration is now open for the kickoff of the 2023 Global Grand Rounds Webinar Series. Click here for more information.

International Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

The AAO-HNSF offers a variety of grants and scholarships to aid and encourage those who further the mission of otolaryngologists on an international scale including International Visiting Scholarships (IVS), AAO-HNSF Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Awards, and International Travel Grants.

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International Advisory Board (IAB)

The International Advisory Board (IAB) is made up of global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery societies from the Academy’s International Corresponding Societies (ICS) affiliated network, which has over 75 global ENT societies.

International Corresponding Societies (ICS)

International Corresponding Societies affiliate with the Academy on a peer-to-peer level. ICS leaders meet informally with Academy leaders for discussions on issues of mutual interest. Starting with the Spanish Society of ORL-HNS in 1997, the number of societies has grown to 75.

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International Joint Meetings

One important way the AAO-HNSF builds relationships worldwide is through International Joint Meetings, i.e., conferences or meetings jointly organized or endorsed by the AAO-HNSF and a counterpart otolaryngology entity, including our ICS network. The Academy maintains a Joint Meeting Calendar that is updated regularly.  We are now accepting applications for Joint Meeting Volunteer Faculty to present at AAO-HNSF International Joint Meetings in 2023-2024.

Below is a listing of U.S. otolaryngology organizations or departments that offer international observerships. International observerships allow eligible international physicians the ability to shadow U.S. physicians and learn more about the specialty of their choice. Please note, each institution has different eligibility requirements. For further information regarding individual international observerships, please contact each institution directly according to their below information. If you have any questions about the database or would like your U.S. otolaryngology institution to be added to our directory, please contact [email protected].

Boston University School of Medicine Program Contact: Gregory A. Grillone [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: General Otolaryngology and Laryngology. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Cooper University Hospital Program Coordinator: Nadir Ahmad
Subspecialty Offered: General Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery
Program Requirements: Contact Eileen Baptiste [email protected] for information. She will provide details of requirements. No deadline for applications. Available year round. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Eastern Virginia Medical School Program Contact: Joseph K. Han [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Allergy and Rhinology Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Emory University Program Contact: Please see website for information.
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Otology Audiology, Neurotology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Rhinology
Program Requirements: During COVID-19 pandemic times, Emory Otolaryngology cannot accept outside observers. We will update this site with requirements once new observer policies are available.

Emory University – Winship Oncology Observational Fellowship Program Contact: Barbara Powley [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery and Head Neck Surgery
Program Requirements: The application process is not open at this time. Once the application process opens, it will be announced here.

Johns Hopkins Program Contact: Jon Russell [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery
Program Requirements: Minimal requirements for an observership of less than two weeks. May be constrained due to COVID or high volume of observers.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Program Contact: Daniel Faden [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Head Neck Surgery

Rush University Medical Center: Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Program Contact: Sofia Gardanova [email protected] Website:
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Neurotology, Otology Audiology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Rhinology, and Sleep Medicine. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.
Program Requirements:

  1. Education: MD or equivalent
  2. Training: Completed a Residency in ENT
  3. Two letters of reference of mentors
  4. Fluent in English
  5. Willingness to lead/contribute to a clinic research project if present in the department for time period of two months or more

Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington Program Contact: Breanne Buckley, [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Pediatric Otolaryngology
Program Requirements: Full breadth pediatric otolaryngology experience: Cleft/Craniofacial, Vascular Anomalies, Microtia, Hearing Loss, Cochlear Implant, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency, Voice, Airway, Aerodigestive, Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), Complex Sleep, Thyroid, Pediatric Head and Neck, Sinus and Cranial Base Surgery. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

  1. Application form
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  3. A current photograph
  4. Letter of recommendation
  5. Copy of the information page of their current Passport

Southern Illinois University Program Contact: Denean Vreeland [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Endocrine Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, General Otolaryngology, Head Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology Program Requirements: SIU Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery gladly welcomes international observers. Requests are taken on a rolling basis with no application deadline. We request that you submit your CV along with an email requesting an observership. Further institutional requirements will follow. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

University of Virginia Program Contact: Jose Mattos [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Rhinology Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

West Virginia University Program Contact: Hassan H. Ramadan [email protected]
Subspecialty Offered: Rhinology
Program Requirements: Deadline for applications are four months ahead of start date. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

The AAO-HNSF International Symposium is an Annual Meeting forum designed to showcase cutting-edge content presented by international physicians.

Providing a global perspective of popular topics in otolaryngology, this CME program will enlighten the entire community and offer high visibility to international presenters. As an additional component of the Annual Meeting program, the AAO-HNSF International Symposium is promoted in conjunction with regular programming and as part of an International scheduling track. It will not preclude attendees from participating in the other program sessions and activities, and previously planned sessions in Spanish will continue.

Please join us for the International Symposium to be held during the AAO-HNSF 2023 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience which will take place in Music City—Nashville, Tennessee, USA, September 30-October 4, 2023.

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