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Position Statement: Head and Neck Surgery

Position Statement: Head and Neck Surgery

To become board certified, an otolaryngologist has to complete a rigorous training program. Five years residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is required in order to be considered eligible to apply to sit for the specialty board examination in Otolaryngology. Residents in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery learn to manage the full spectrum of benign and malignant disorders involving the head and neck while also learning techniques of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Adopted 2/4/1989
Reviewed 9/16/1995
Revised 3/12/1996
Revised 9/23/1997
Submited for Review 3/1/1998
Reaffirmed 3/1/1998
Revised 12/8/2012
Revised 10/13/2020

Important Disclaimer Notice (Updated 7/31/14)

Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results. Position statements are not intended to and should not be treated as legal, medical, or business advice.

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