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


Why Join SPAO-HNS?

Through our liaison with the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and our various presentations and exhibits, we have been able to better inform and educate ENT physicians about the scope of practice and training of physician assistants. As a direct result of these networking efforts there has been an increase in PA acceptance and employment opportunities.

You can join online or download the printable membership application.

Membership Benefits

Subscription to SPAO-HNS’s newsletter, The Vanguard, which is full of useful information concerning meetings, billing information, CME news, membership updates and relevant clinical and business information.

Complimentary subscription to ENT Journal, a monthly peer-reviewed magazine that features original articles and provides excellent color pictures of interesting ENT cases.

Access to the Work-Benefits Survey results which is a compilation of key financial and clinical information pertaining to compensation and scope of practice as compared to participating society members nationwide. This is a vital bargaining tool for PAs when it comes to contract negotiations and scope of practice issues.

Opportunity to network with other PAs that share similar interests and access to the Membership Directory that lets you contact other members.

Reduced registration fees to SPAO-provided CME meetings

Reduced rates for AAO-HNSF AcademyU® online CME.

Ability to be represented by SPAO leaders to AAO-HNSF via our AAO-HNSF Liaison.

Opportunity for scholarships for PA students enrolled in accredited PA programs with an interest in ENT. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and future goals as a PA.

AAPA House of Delegates representation, Leadership and Medical Liaison participation, and input to AAPA and NCCPA surveys on Specialty Certification.

Membership Categories

Fellow - A fellow member is a graduate of an accredited PA Program or NCCPA certified PA, and a fellow member of The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) currently employed in an ENT setting. Fellow members have floor privileges, voting, and may hold office or chair committees.

Sustaining - Sustaining membership is available to any PA eligible for fellow membership that is not presently practicing medicine or is not a member of AAPA. Sustaining members have floor privileges and may serve on committee, but may not vote, hold office or chair committees.

Emeritus Member - Emeritus membership is open to any Fellow member of SPAO-HNS that has chosen to retire from practice. In addition, an emeritus member shall have served in Otolaryngology and been an active member of SPAO-HNS for a minimum of five years. An emeritus member shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor, to vote, chair a committee but shall not be entitled to hold office. Emeritus membership requires approval from the SPAO-HNS Board of Directors.

Physician - A physician member is a US-licensed physician who wishes to associate with the organization. He or she shall have the privilege of the floor but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office.

Student - Student membership is open to any student currently enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant Program or a post-graduate fellowship Physician Assistant Program. Students are entitled to privileges of the floor but shall not be entitled to vote or to hold office.

Affiliate Member - An affiliate member is a person who is ineligible for any of the other categories and wishes to associate with the organization and is approved by the Board of Directors. Affiliate members shall be entitled to the privilege of the floor but shall not be entitled to vote, hold office, or chair committees.

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