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.

Important 2020 ENT for the PA-C Conference Update

Today, following the pandemic declaration from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Society of PA’s in Otolaryngology has made the difficult decision that it is necessary to cancel the April 2-6, 2020 ENT for the PA-C Conference in San Francisco.

This decision was not made lightly and was based on evaluation of evolving circumstances and coordination with external advice of professionals to support evidence-based decision making. It would be an unacceptable risk to bring so many people together in April in San Francisco, CA.

Additionally, there are concerns about disproportionate risk to the healthcare system given the unique medical profile of our conference attendees; consequences of potentially displacing healthcare workers during a critical time, as well as stressing the local health systems were there to be an adverse event.

It is clear that cancellation of our spring 2020 is unavoidable in order to meet SPAO’s obligation to protect the health and safety of attendees, staff and local residents, as well as for the healthcare providers tasked with keeping our communities healthy.

All 2020 ENT for the PA-C registrants will be automatically registered for the 2021 ENT for the PA-C Conference, and you will be given complete access to the full AAO-HNS/F AcademyU library, as well as the full library of 2019 ENT for the PA-C recordings for one full year at no charge. If you would prefer to have your registration fees refunded in full, please contact to initiate a refund. If requesting a refund, please allow up to 15 business days for the refund to be processed.

If you booked your hotel room in the ENT for the PA-C hotel block, it has been canceled for you automatically. If you booked your room through a third party, please contact them directly to cancel if you wish to do so. All major airlines are allowing cancellations and changes to reservations with no fees through March 31, 2020.

I wanted to take a minute to thank the amazing efforts of Laura Kirk, PA-C, Program Co-Chair, Trina Sheedy, PA-C, Workshop Director, and Nabilah Ali, PA-C, CME Chair, for planning this meeting and for doing everything possible to try to salvage it.

SPAO is working furiously to secure 2021 ENT for the PA-C dates and will provide notification when they are finalized. We look forward to seeing you next year at 2021 ENT for the PA-C.


Jose C. Mercado, PA-C, MMS, DFAAPA, CPAAPA
President, Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS)

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Thanks to all our SPAO team and attendees for another wonderful 2019 Conference!

See you next year in San Francisco!

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Our Purpose

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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