The Society of Physician Assistants in 
Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery  (SPAO-HNS)

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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.

    Registration is Open!

    Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
    March 30 - April 3, 2016

    The 2016 ENT for the PA-C Annual CME conference is provided by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS).

    This continuing medical education activity is specifically designed for physician assistants, nurse practitioners 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 a broad range of ENT topics. Operating room cadaver labs and videostroboscopy will be offered on Wednesday. Hands-on workshops are to be held on Thursday and lectures on Friday through 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 107.00 hours (a maximum of 38 earnable by an individual) of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours 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.

    All NEW for 2016!

    All new this year! "A Day in the Simulation Lab" is designed for enhanced hands-on learned, covering more skills and topics attendees and their practices have been asking for. 

    Intro to the ENT O.R. - $200

    This two-hour session will include discussion and practice of operating room protocol, review and practice with instruments used in ENT, and "Assist at Surgery" technique for ENT procedures.

    Advanced ENT O.R. - $800

    This four-hour session with head and head/torso cadavers will review surgical anatomy, assisting in various head & neck procedures, ligation, placing drains, elevating flaps, and closing. A DaVinci robotics case will be set up and demonstrated with the PA’s role in mind.

    Videostroboscopy - $100

    This two-hour session will discuss indications for videostroboscopy examinations, review use and care of the equipment, identify normal anatomy, normal variants, and abnormal findings, and practice performing and recording the examination.

    Registration includes lunch and snacks.

    Our simulation labs will be held in a wonderful facility and provide great value for high quality, hands-on this to other cadaver labs pricing! Take a look at

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    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.

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    Upcoming Events

    20 Feb 2016 (EST) • Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, NC
    30 Mar 2016 (EDT) • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek - Orlando, Florida
    03 Apr 2016 (EDT) • Mystic Marriott - Groton, CT
    21 Aug 2016 (EDT) • Embassy Suites Hotel, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC


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

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    SPAO-HNS's partnership with Thieme Publishing brings members a 30% discount!

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