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 and Scholarships

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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2022 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Humanitarian Award

The Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Humanitarian Award honors a non-U.S. otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon who has selflessly treated persons for whom access to care would have been financially or physically prohibitive.

Thana H. Nassir, MD, PhD, FICMS, longtime advocate for and supporter of the AAO-HNS/F, is the recipient of the Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Humanitarian Award. Dr. Nassir is best known for her dedicated and selfless service to the poor in her native country of Iraq, particularly during times of war and conflict. Her colleagues have recognized her for her unlimited charitable support for those who are disabled or displaced from their homes and in need of medical attention but who could not otherwise afford surgery.

Dr. Nassir is a skilled surgeon and consultant at the Iraqi ORL Head and Neck Surgery National Center in Baghdad. She is also a supervisor at the Iraqi Higher Education Institute and the Graduate Iraqi and Arabic Board and was president of the Iraqi Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for eight years.

Dr. Nassir’s Iraqi colleagues shared moving letters of gratitude written by the parents of children on whom she operated at no charge. One family’s son needed a critical operation, which the family could not afford due to difficult circumstances. Dr. Nassir performed the surgical procedure at no cost to the family.

According to one colleague, her charitable contributions are without limit, calling her a pleasant, sincere, honest, and compassionate person and professional who has earned the respect and admiration of all who know her. Dr. Nassir has received many letters of gratitude and appreciation from and through the Iraqi Ministry of Women, the Iraqi Ministry of Health, the Iraqi Commission for Higher Medical Specialization in Otolaryngology, and more.

 

2022 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service Award

The Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service Award honors a non-U.S. otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon whose achievements have advanced the specialty.

This year’s awardee for the Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service Award is Emmanuel D. Kitcher, MBChB, FRCS, FWACS, FGCPS, who, after completing his training in otolaryngology in the UK, returned to his native country of Ghana and established an ENT department at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, the capital of Ghana. According to a colleague, Dr. Kitcher’s perseverance, dedication, and devotion to his department as well as the entire hospital community are legendary as he lived on campus and was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for more than two decades.

Currently an otolaryngologist consultant at Korle-Bu, he is also an associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra. When not lecturing in the medical school, Dr. Kitcher can be seen on ward rounds teaching medical students, residents, and consultant colleagues. He displays deep compassion and consideration for patients of all ages.

Some of Dr. Kitcher’s major achievements include establishing an ultramodern audiology center at Korle-Bu, acquiring and developing space to house 10 well-furnished outpatient consulting rooms, starting a master of science (MS) degree program in audiology and speech and language therapy at the University of Ghana, supporting otolaryngology nursing and theatre nursing training programs, providing and refurbishing operating theatre equipment, and much more.

To date, Dr. Kitcher has mentored more than 20 otolaryngology specialist surgeons and has made it his objective to promote otolaryngology ancillary services by training nurse specialists, perioperative nurses, audiologists, and speech and language therapists. Graduates of his MS program are now supporting otolaryngology-head and neck treatment and surgery throughout Ghana.

Since its inception, the AAO-HNSF has cultivated ties to national otolaryngology societies and similar organizations around the world. AAO-HNSF assigns great importance to these relationships, which collectively advance the otolaryngology specialty in ways no one society can achieve alone. Learn more.

Joint Meeting Volunteer Faculty

Since its inception, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has cultivated ties to national otolaryngology societies and similar organizations around the world. The AAO-HNSF assigns great importance to these relationships ,which collectively advance the otolaryngology specialty in ways no one society can achieve alone.

One important means of building global relationships is through Joint Meetings, i.e., conferences or meetings jointly organized or endorsed by the AAO-HNSF and a counterpart otolaryngology entity.

We are accepting applications for volunteer faculty to present at AAO-HNSF International Joint Meetings in 2023. For more information, contact [email protected].

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]
Website: https://www.bmc.org/otolaryngology-ear-nose-and-throat-surgery/team
Subspecialty Offered: General Otolaryngology and Laryngology. Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Cooper University Hospital
Program Coordinator: Nadir Ahmad
Website: https://www.cooperhealth.org
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]
Website: www.evms.edu
Subspecialty Offered: Allergy and Rhinology Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

Emory University
Program Contact: Please see website for information.
Website: http://otolaryngology.emory.edu/ed_and_train/fellowship/index.html
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]
Website: http://otolaryngology.emory.edu/ed_and_train/fellowship/index.html
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]
Website: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/otolaryngology
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]
Website: https://oto.hms.harvard.edu/
Subspecialty Offered: Head Neck Surgery

Rush University Medical Center: Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Program Contact: Sofia Gardanova [email protected]
Website: https://www.rush.edu/services/ear-nose-and-throat
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, oto[email protected]
Website: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics/otolaryngology/
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.
Requirements:

  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]
Website: https://www.siumed.edu/ent
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]
Website: https://med.virginia.edu/otolaryngology/
Subspecialty Offered: Rhinology Currently not accepting observers, due to COVID-19.

West Virginia University
Program Contact: Hassan H. Ramadan [email protected]
Website: https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/otolaryngology/
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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