We are pleased to offer an Under-Represented in Medicine in Otology/Neurotology Travel Grant
Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are due June 1st.
DEADLINE for applications EXTENDED TO JUNE 14th
Applicants will be notified in July. 

The 2024 SPRING D/I newsletter was incorporated into the full ANS 2024 Spring newsletter

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce TWO outstanding recipients
of the 2023/24 ANS Diversity and Inclusion Committee Under-Represented in Medicine Travel Grant. 

Congratulations Jorge! 
Jorge Gutierrez
is a 4th year student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine applying for Otolaryngology this year. He has a passion for health equity arising from his experience as a grandson of a Mexican immigrant. He demonstrated by his commitment to DEI through involvement of the Latino Medical Student Association and his mentoring role through the Minority Association of Premedical Students. He’s currently working at the Medical University of South Carolina and a one-year research fellowship with work, including an exploration of racial and socioeconomic disparities and hopes to continue to be actively involved with addressing healthcare disparities throughout his career. He is an excellent student, earning an honors grade in the number of clerkships, including surgery, and has been praised for his internal motivation, strong worth ethic, and impressive fund of knowledge. He will be rotating at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Jorge will be mentored by Dr. Sarah Mowry at his home institution and Dr. David Haynes and Dr. Elizabeth Perkins at Vanderbilt.

Jorge Gutierrez is graduating from Case Western Reserve University and was matched with Northwestern. He was mentored by Sarah Mowry, David Haynes and Liz Perkins.

I am writing to express my immense gratitude for your generous contribution that helped support my clinical learning experience. The process of applying to residency and rotating at institutions away from home is an expensive one. This generous contribution from the American Neurotology Society helped defray the expenses of travel and housing associated with my rotation for which I am incredibly grateful. Your support positively impacted my learning experience in a multitude of ways. It allowed me to gain further exposure to the field of Otolaryngology and observe world class clinical training. The ability to rotate away from my home institution provided me with a much greater appreciation for nuances between different residency programs and allowed me to make better informed decisions when applying to programs. The commitment to teaching during my rotation enabled me to expand my clinical knowledge and improve my technical skills in the operating room. Perhaps of the greatest importance, this experience allowed me to connect with mentors whom I may otherwise not have had the opportunity to meet. The ability to receive candid feedback for my continued clinical growth and advice on my application was incredibly important and something that I received on a regular basis during my rotation. This fantastic experience would not have been possible without the support of the American Neurotology Society. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and cannot thank you enough for the support of my academic endeavors.
Best Wishes,

Congratulations Ruth!
Ruth Mizu
is a fourth-year student at Baylor College of Medicine. Ms. Mizu is a first generation, Ethiopian American, and a first-generation high school, college and medical school student. She has demonstrated excellence as a student at Baylor. She’s been awarded merit-based tuition scholarships. She is also supported by the Center of Excellence and Health Equity, Training, and Research which has afforded her both financial support and research opportunities. Her capability is a student leader is demonstrated by her leadership roles in otolaryngology interest groups both at Baylor and nationally through the Student National Medical Association and has served as an active participant in a number of volunteer activities. She has served as Mentorship Chair with Association of Women Surgeons and president of Student National Medical Association. She is actively engaged in research and have several publications and national presentations under her belt, including presentations at COSM and AAOHNS. She will be rotating at Northwestern and Dr. Alan Micco will serve as her mentor at Northwestern and Dr. Alex Sweeney will support her at Baylor. 

Ruth Mizu, graduates from Baylor College of Medicine and was matched with Otolaryngology at Georgetown. She was mentored by Alan Micco, Michael Hoa, and Alex Sweeney. 
I am thankful to have received the American Neurotology Society Underrepresented in Medicine Travel Scholarship. This prestigious award not only provided financial support for my away rotations, but also introduced me to a supportive and inspiring community of surgeons. With the assistance of this scholarship, I had the opportunity to observe and learn from accomplished neurotologists across different institutions. Additionally, I had the privilege of interacting with patients with a diverse range of neurotologic conditions, both in the clinic and in the operating room. I extend my sincere gratitude to the American Neurotology Society and all its members for this incredible opportunity, which has connected me with mentors dedicated to my personal growth and professional success. I am eager to continue expanding my skills and knowledge of this esteemed subspeciality while in residency.
Sincerely, Ruth Mizu


Diversity/Inclusion Committee Members

Stephanie A. Moody, MD, Chair
Michael Hoa, MD, (Chair-Elect)
Elizabeth H. Toh, MD, MBA (Past Chair)
Matthew Bush, MD
Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD
Anne Maxwell, MD
Kathryn Noonan, MD


The ANS and AOS stand in solidarity with our colleagues and our communities against racism and injustice.

As physicians and educators in the hearing sciences, we advocate for a combination of communication, education, and decisive action so that we may all rise up against racism, bigotry and exclusion.
Please click here to read our Action Statement as it outlines our commitment to embracing diversity and inclusion in our field, and equality in our world.

 Resolution on Diversity of Meeting Presenters and Participation for the American Otological Society 
and the American Neurotology Society

  • Whereas, the councils of the American Neurotology Society and American Otological Society desire to promote inclusivity within the membership of both organizations.
  • Whereas it is recognized that diverse leadership and diversity of presenters allows for cross pollination of knowledge, perspective and experiences enabling a stronger and more robust educational experience for our members. 
  • Whereas the Councils of the organizations recognize the importance of acknowledging diversity among our patients, our trainees and our colleagues. 
  • Whereas, the purpose of the education programs of both organizations is to disseminate information designed to improve physician knowledge, patient care and outcomes, and advance the respective specialties.
  • Whereas, valuable scientific contributions to Otology and Neurotology by colleagues (regardless of gender, race, or other attributes) should be presented at the society’s respective meetings. 
  • Be it resolved that the Scientific Program Committees of the American Neurotology Society and American Otological Society will select speakers and panel members endeavoring to balance educational goals while promoting the diversity of our respective Societies’ memberships and educational offerings. 
  • Be it resolved the Executive Councils of the ANS and AOS will select participation at all levels of the organizations endeavoring to reflect diversity of our respective Societies’ memberships. 

Adopted by the Councils of the ANS & AOS, April 2018


Click here for the results of the annual 2018 D/I membership survey

Click here to read about the the efforts and action plan from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Diversity Workforce 


https://hbr.org/topic/diversity Resources from Harvard Business Review


https://www.aamc.org/professional-development/affinity-groups/cfas/diversity-inclusion-toolkit/resources Professional Development resources from American Academy of Medical Colleges

https://www.aamc.org/what-we-do/mission-areas/diversity-inclusion/learning The AAMC is pleased to bring you a set of online, on-demand video resources on a range of diversity and inclusion topics. The Diversity 3.0 Learning Series includes interviews with thought leaders and experts, faculty career development webinars, guidance on institutional strategic planning and culture and climate assessment, and presentations on innovative programs at AAMC member institutions.



https://thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/clas/standards The National CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations.


https://diversity.nih.gov The Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Office leads NIH’s effort to diversify the national scientific workforce and expand recruitment and retention. Includes the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit.


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