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About OTOSource

The first otolaryngology curriculum was developed by the AAO-HNS/F in 1986 followed by an update (the National Resident Otolaryngology Study Guide, NROSG) in 2002. With the inevitable growth and evolution of our specialty over the last decade, this curriculum requires an extensive revision of existing content but also development of new materials. This updated curriculum, OTOSource, will reflect new requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and the American Board of Otolaryngology along with the changing practice of modern medicine. The goal is to provide residents, program directors, faculty, and practicing otolaryngologists a standard study guide with teaching tools to assist with board certification, recertification and lifelong learning. It can also be used as a single source online repository for all Otolaryngology education content developed by the Foundation and the Otolaryngology Specialty Societies. OTOSource will exist in an outline form and serve as a road map of topics, learning objectives, and references developed by leaders in the field. OTOSource will be accessed at

The Comprehensive Curriculum Task Force and Work Group, comprised of multi-specialty representatives, was brought together to develop the comprehensive curriculum to support both residents and practicing otolaryngologists in their pursuit of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery education. 

Initial launch will take place in June 2018 and more modules will be added quarterly. 


  • Clinical Fundamentals
  • Rhinology
  • Allergy
  • Laryngology, Voice and Swallowing
  • Adult Sleep Medicine
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Otology/ Audiology
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Business of Medicine


Phase 1 (complete)

  • Organize a Task Force and Work Group with representatives of all Otolaryngology specialty societies

Phase 2 (ongoing)

  • Work Group inventory existing education products/programs across specialties

Phase 3 (complete June 2017)

  • Review and update existing NROSG modules and develop modules for new topics

Phase 4 (ongoing)

  • Populate curriculum with all current education content

Phase 5 (ongoing)

  • Develop new content based on identified Education gaps
  • Update site with new Education content

OTOSource Task Force Members:

  • C. Ron Cannon, MD
  • Sukgi Choi, MD
  • Marion Couch, MD, PhD
  • James C. Denneny III, MD EVP/ CEO
  • Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, Chair
  • Brian Nussenbaum, MD, FACS
  • Mike Ruckenstein, MD
  • Michael Stewart, MD, MPH
  • Scott Stringer, MD
  • Richard V. Smith, MD
  • Gayle Woodson, MD

OTOSource Work Group Members:

  • Sarah Bowe, MD - AAO-HNS/F Section on Residents and Fellows
  • Dinesh Chhetri, MD - American Laryngological Society
  • William Collins, MD - American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Ellen Deutsch, MD - American Broncho-Esophagological Association
  • Babak Givi, MD - American Head and Neck Society
  • Lisa Ishii, MD - American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Jami Lucas - American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy
  • Sonya Malekzadeh, MD - AAO-HNS/F Chair, Comprehensive Curriculum Task Force
  • Stephen Maturo, MD - AAO-HNS/F Trauma Committee
  • Andy Murr, MD - Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology
  • Brian Nussenbaum, MD, FACS - American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Ozlem Tulunay, MD - American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology
  • Zara Patel, MD - American Rhinologic Society
  • Karen Pitman, MD - AAO-HNS/F Advanced Practice Providers Task Force
  • Alejandro Rivas, MD - American Neurotology Society
  • Michael Ruckenstein, MD - Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization
  • Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD - Society of University Otolaryngologists
  • Larry Simon, MD - AAO-HNS/F Practice Management Education Committee
  • Maria Suurna, MD - AAO-HNS/F Sleep Disorders Committee
  • Jeff Vrabec, MD - American Otological Society