ANS POSITION STATEMENT-COVID-19 UPDATE - 05/02/2020

The original posted ANS response to the COVID-19 crisis was focused on providing thoughts and guidance during the exponential growth phase of the pandemic, in which there was considerable uncertainty regarding modes of transmission and risk to healthcare providers.  We now face very different circumstances in most locations, as determined by our varied patient populations, institutions, and geography.  Given these changing circumstances, the initial position statement no longer applies to the conditions faced by the majority of our members.

As a result, a second position statement is being finalized in collaboration with the American Academy of Otolaryngology and American Otological Society.  This second statement will address considerations related to re-opening practices in more stable environments.  Our intention continues to be to support our specialty’s ability to best meet these new and diverse challenges.

As we complete this more current and inclusive position statement, we have removed the initial statement to minimize any confusion about current practices and recommendations during this next phase of the pandemic.

Thank you. 

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Please click on link below (removed, see above) to read the American Neurotology Society position statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that was recently accepted for publication in Otology & Neurotology. The authors have been given special permission to post on the ANS website for rapid dissemination of the statement.

The position statement provides guidance on 1) the management of otologic/neurotologic patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and 2) optimal use of personal protective equipment. COVID-19 risk assessment in otologic and neurotologic practices is also discussed. An overview of clinical and surgical prioritization based on patient acuity is outlined and practical suggestions for risk mitigation in clinic and the OR are detailed.

Contemporary updates of the position statement are expected in order to maintain its relevance during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, an upcoming addendum related to re-opening of clinics and outpatient surgery is expected in the coming days.


 

REFERENCE LINKS

Otological Organizations

AMERICAN OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY

EAONO

POLITZER SOCIETY

Otological Journals
OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY 

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED OTOLOGY

Otolaryngology Organizations
TRIOLOGICAL SOCIETY

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY (AAO-HNS/F)  

AMERICAN BOARD OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY - HEAD AND NECK SURGERY (formerly ABOto)

COMBINED OTOLARYNGOLOGY SPRING MEETINGS - (COSM)

ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION - ACCGME

AMERICAN BOARD OF MEDICAL SPECIALTIES - ABMS - MOC

NIDCD’S NATIONAL TEMPORAL BONE, HEARING AND BALANCE PATHOLOGY RESOURCE REGISTRY

Philanthropic Organizations
HEARING HEALTH FOUNDATION
CURES WITHIN REACH  

Fellowships
SF MATCH
ACGME ACCREDITED NEUROTOLOGY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS & DIRECTORS (updated April 2019)

AAO-HNS/F FELLOWS/RESIDENTS PAGE

Patient support
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION


2020 COCHRANE SCHOLARS NAMED! 

As part of the O&N contract with publisher Wolters Kluwer, O&N has set aside funds to use for the development of the journal.  After much discussion, it was felt that the creation of two Cochrane Scholars would be a valuable resource for the journal, not only in generating quality meta-analyses, but also to assist with reviews of these increasingly complex manuscripts.  A great number of highly qualified applications were received, thank you to all the authors for your submissions. However, two applications stood out from the rest. We are pleased to offer a $4000 Cochrane scholarship to: 

Dr. Michael S. Harris - Medical University of Wisconsin

Dr. Ksenia A. Aaron - Stanford University

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Harris and Dr. Aaron, who will choose a Cochrane course and subsequently submit a high quality Cochrane-level review for O&N on a topic of your choice. In addition, they will serve on the Editorial Board to assist with editorial reviews of meta-analyses.

Lawrence R. Lustig, MD
Editor-in-Chief
Otology & Neurotology


PAST RECIPIENTS of COCHRANE SCHOLARSHIPS:

Dr. Matthew L. Bush, MD, PhD - University of Kentucky Medical Center

Dr. Theodore R. McRackan, MD, MSCR -  Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. David M. Kaylie, MD Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Cameron C. Wick, MD - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


COURSES from OUR MEMBER INSTITUTIONS & OTHER VENUES

(Click on course title for details, in chronological order)

Dear otologists/neurotologists and trainees,

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had an impact on education. The LION Broadcast this year on May 18 and 19th will not include live surgical experiences for obvious reasons. This year the free broadcast will have videotaped surgeries with explanations by the surgeons. A panel discussion by world experts will follow. I encourage participation with this wonderful event. A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into producing this year’s broadcast. Please register at the LION site, www.lion-web.org so that you can interact with the panelists and ask questions. I believe you will find this endeavor highly educational.

J. Thomas Roland, Jr.,  MD
Mendik Foundation Chairman
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Professor Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery
NYU Langone Medical Center


 

Endoscopic and Exoscopic Surgery of the Ear: International Hands-On Dissection Course and Live Surgery Observation
www.endoexoear.org

Thursday, September 10 - Friday, September 11, 2020
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

4th Annual Endoscopic Middle Ear Surgery Dissection Course
September 25 - 26, 2020
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10003

The American Neurotology Society is not affiliated with any institution or private practice.


BIANNUAL EMAIL BLAST 

ANS/AOS receives multiple requests for mass e-mailings and Surveys and Questionnaires to the membership. We realize that our membership has unique expertise which can further our societal objectives of professional education and advancement of neurotology, however the number of requests for email lists and distribution of surveys was growing. The ANS Executive Council wished to provide our membership access to all of the possible information that they would like without having multiple e-mail become an ineffective tool.

In 2014, ANS introduced a biannual email “blast” to the membership to include announcements, invitations to participate in studies and email surveys of interest to the society, and classifieds. The emails are sent in May and October annually. Please have your requests for inclusion of surveys or membership queries in this group email sent to all ANS members to Kristen Bordignon, the ANS Administrator, by April 25 or September 25 for inclusion in the subsequent email “blast.”

To view the MAY 2020 email blast to members, please click here. 

NEXT EMAIL BLAST to all members will be sent in mid-October 2020! Please submit your request for inclusion in the email by September 25, 2020. Please include brief introductory text as it relates to neurotology/otology and an active, tested survey link. 

 Updated ABOto certificates available at a reduced price of $60! 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto), we are pleased to inform you that the neurotology subspecialty certificate has been modified to include a phrase that reflects both adult and pediatric neurotology. This change was made to ensure that the scope of practice of a board certified neurotologist is clear, and that both pediatric and adult patient conditions are within the purview of our Neurotology diplomates. This addition will begin with the new certificates issued in 2018.
NOTE: The ABOto is undergoing a logo redesign. For board certified Neurotologists that want to reorder a certificate with the new language, this will be available in the Spring. Reorder certificates will still include the original issue date. The price for reorder certificates will be $60. New certificates can be ordered through your ABOHNS login profile under the Services tab. For questions, you can contact the ABOHNS office directly at 713-850-0399.