You are invited to a CSOHNS Webinar – 

Otolaryngology Office/Clinic Preparedness in the COVID-19 Era: A Pragmatic Approach with Practical Tips


Wednesday, June 10 @ 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US & Canada)       

ChairDr. Yvonne Chan, University of Toronto, TORONTO, ON                     

Panelists:  CSOHNS Taskforce 



DETAILS    /    ZOOM WEBINAR LOGIN Please click link to join webinar:

FOR THOSE WHO MISSED “Re-introducing Laryngoscopy to Your OPD / Office During COVID-19” (06/03/20), you can view the session by clicking here  Password: 4Z?NU101




Update from the President (May 25, 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

Time has passed since my last communication to our membership. I am acutely aware of the surge in COVID related information that is circulating in many forms – recommendations, advice from provincial medical organizations, a plethora of virtual meetings and the social media frenzy.

As such, I have been trying to minimize your inboxes from the CSO but thought it was time to alert you to some important updates related to CSO sponsored recommendations, our annual meeting and planned webinars.

  1. CSO Sponsored Recommendations

As you are all aware, there are numerous recommendations and publications related to COVID-19 at the local, provincial, national and international levels that are conflicting. The advice and recommendations we get from our Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) colleagues is quite frequently different, even at hospitals in the same region. When you talk to your local colleagues, the measures used in one hospital can be quite different than another hospital in the same region which creates a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. I have heard from many of our members how helpful the tracheotomy recommendations were in helping them advocate locally so we have created additional recommendations we hope are helpful for our members and all Canadian otolaryngologists in thinking about how they will start their practices again.

Dr. Karen Kost and members of our Laryngology Committee created a document for “Safely Resuming Laryngoscopy in Canada” with a Preamble and Recommendations available by clicking the links and are available on our website in the COVID-19 Resources section on Starting Practice.

Dr. Yvonne Chan led a taskforce of community and academic otolaryngologists from across Canada with IPAC input on “Return to Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Clinic Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic” available here and on our website.

We frequently scan documents for salient points but I would suggest you take some time to read, digest and think about the information in these documents. It is impossible to come up with evidence-based recommendations for every point in these documents and the advice given is based on expert review of available literature and in many cases, common sense. We welcome constructive feedback and will treat all of our recommendations as “living documents” that need to be updated and changed as new information becomes available.

I want to sincerely thank our leads (Karen and Yvonne) and the task force members for their incredible diligence and fast work in getting these documents ready for our members. You may not realize the time and effort that goes in to creating these documents, but I can assure you it is substantial, and we owe a debt of gratitude to these people.  I am also reaching out to our subspecialty committees to see if they will help create recommendations that will be valuable and practical in the Canadian context.

The recommendations will hopefully get our practices going again and keep our patients, staff, learners and all of us safe. The recommendations and what we actually do will obviously change depending on how things ramp up, local circumstances related to COVID-19 prevalence and government regulations.

  1. Annual Meeting

As many of you have probably heard, the Government of New Brunswick has banned any large meeting taking place in 2020.  We have therefore cancelled our planned in person meeting re-scheduled to November 7-10, 2020. Instead, we are planning a virtual meeting that will start in the fall. I don’t know about you, but is difficult to stay “tuned in” to a virtual meeting for more than an hour or two at a time so we plan on breaking up the sessions over many weeks/months to provide interesting content in a format that will hopefully appeal to our members. We will pick times so that you can still go about your day-to-day practices and still tune in to the live event or if you want, watch the recording later. We will culminate on November 7th or 8th with a virtual Annual Business Meeting. This is a work in progress so please stay tuned for details.

  1. Webinars

We will be hosting some webinars in the near future related to the laryngoscopy and starting practice taskforces. Other webinars are in the planning process and I hope you will find them helpful. Stay tuned for details by email.

Please contact me if you have any questions ([email protected]).

As always, my very best wishes to you and your families. Stay safe and well!

Ian Witterick, CSOHNS President


UBC Online Course, COVID-19 Pandemic


UBC has developed a new free online course to inform surgical teams of the risk during pandemics, prepare them to respond appropriately, give them tools to ensure their safety, build pathways to maintain specific surgical services and mitigate long term impacts. The course includes real-life case studies, clinical examples, physician-led discussions, expert interviews, interactive quiz questions, and curated resources.  Accreditation of up to 20.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 3.    To register – Safe Surgical Care: Strategies during a Pandemic  

For more coronavirus resources and learning opportunities click on the red box above.


74th Annual Meeting

“Quality and Excellence in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery”


Due to the recent Government of New Brunswich’s prohibition on large gatherings for the reminder of 2020, the Society’s in-person conference has been cancelled.  It will be replaced with a virtual meeting that will start in the Fall.  To avoid screen fatigue, sessions will be held over weeks/months. Times will be such that should allow members to go about their day-to-day practices and still tune into a live event or watch the recording later. The Annual Business Meeting will be held on November 7th or 8th.

Dr. Witterick and his team are hard at work to make this conference interesting and appealing to all participants.  Details and schdules will be available in the coming weeks.


Application Process for American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Eligibility

The ABOHNS is now accepting applications for Board Eligiblity from individuals completing OHNS training at an accredited RCPS(C) residency programs.  PDF document


Master of Global Surgical Care, UBC

The Branch for International Surgical Care (BISC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is pleased to announce a September 2020 intake for the Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) and Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) programs.

Applications are now open!

 Our graduate programs are innovative, online programs focused on the global burden of unmet surgical care. Learners will build on their health-care related disciplines to gain the fundamental knowledge, critical thinking tools and practical skills needed to lead the way to improved access to care by addressing the gap that exists between surgical need and the equitable provision of safe surgical care in low resource settings. The MGSC includes the option to complete a specialized stream in Canadian Low Resource Settings, focusing on the unique issues affecting surgical care in rural and remote low resource settings here in Canada. By expanding students’ knowledge of conditions, and global circumstances, that shape surgical care globally, our graduates will become leaders in this emerging academic discipline and equipped to play an integral part in provision of global surgical care in low resource settings.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send the BISC an email at [email protected].


What is Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery?

Dear Colleagues,

The name of our specialty is challenging to repeat and the breadth of our practice is underestimated. We’ve created a patient education video entitled “What is Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery” – a short, light-hearted animated video that captures the multi-faceted nature of our specialty. We are hoping to showcase this to patients, medical students, family, friends and anyone else who may not truly understand what we do every day.

Feel free to share this on your respective websites, social media or beyond. Please feel free to contact us if you have any feedback!

Thank you to the Harry Barberian Scholarship Fund for supporting this project.

Drs. Josie Xu, Neil Arnstead and Justin Cottrell,
University of Toronto Resident Physicians

Video link


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Dr. Gordon Leboldus, London, ON, is retiring on May 29th and has ENT office equipment and small instruments available for sale, (Bausch & Lomb items, Ritter hydrolic chair and units as well as various smaller ENT instruments. 

For more information contact Dr. Leboldus by fax: 519-434-9152 or email: [email protected]  

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