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The Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology –Head and Neck (SPAO-HNS) is the official specialty organization for Physician Assistants in ENT and is recognized by both the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)and the American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS).

This non-profit organization was founded in 1991 and is operated exclusively for the educational and scientific benefit of its members.

2017 ENT for the PA-C

Chicago Marriott Downtown
April 21 - 23, 2017

Registration is Open!

The ENT for the PA-C Annual CME conference is provided by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS) and graciously hosted by the Department of Otolaryngology of Northwestern Memorial Health Care in Chicago .

This continuing medical education activity is specifically designed for physician assistants and medical professionals working in ENT, or interested in learning more about otolaryngology in primary care, urgent care, pediatric, and emergency room settings. Students are also welcome.

The course is organized to provide attendees with an excellent and practical educational opportunity. There will be basic and advanced tracks in many topics. Hands-on workshops will be held on Friday and lectures will be held Saturday and Sunday. Workshops are designed to maximize hands-on learning with concise content and small group settings.

This conference is also the ideal setting to meet, network and socialize with like-minded professionals from across the country.


Want to know what attendees had to say about our 2015 conference? Click links below to listen to comments.

Interview 1   Interview 2   Interview 3   Interview 4

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 102.00 (a maximum of 26 earnable by an individual) AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those credits actually spent participating in the CME activity.

This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.


The purpose of SPAO-HNS shall be to represent Physician Assistants in the field of ORL/HNS.

  • To promote the growth and development of physician assistants in Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This Society shall be operated exclusively for education and scientific purposes within the organization.
  • To provide the general membership of the Academy with a forum for informed assembly regarding the issues that relate to physician assistants in Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
  • To develop and maintain a speakers bureau for Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. To facilitate mutual assistance and support of physician assistants, health professionals and health services by organizing and disseminating health care information through forums, panels, and other similar programs concerning the deliver and quality of health care services within Otorhinolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.

Upcoming Events

15 May 2017 6:00 PM • Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Las Vegas, Nevada
20 Aug 2017 • Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC
08 Oct 2017 • Wild Dunes Resort on Isles of Palms, SC

PAs, Please Weigh in on This Issue!

What do you think of creating an NCCPA Certificate of Additional Qualifications (CAQ) in Otorhinolaryngology?

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