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President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are having a great summer!

I wanted to update you on the plans we have put in place for the virtual CSO meeting.  As I am sure you have seen, most planned virtual medical meetings are continuing to run over 2-3 days.  I do not know about you, but I find it difficult to sit in front of a computer for that long and be able to concentrate on what is being said.  In addition, during the pandemic our ability to see and manage patients has been limited and now that things are opening a little more, it is difficult to take any prolonged period of time away from our practices.

The planning committee has therefore decided to try something different by running the meeting at regular shorter time intervals over several months.  We have picked Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-10 pm EST (5-8 pm PST, 9-11 pm ADT) and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm EST.  We hope these times are a good compromise across the country to allow as many people as possible to participate. We will also be recording each session so you can look at it later at your convenience if you wish.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Saturday September 26, 2020 from 11 am to 2 pm EST.  We have scheduled in the planned talks, workshops and paper sessions that were organized for Fredericton. The Annual Business Meeting and Closing Ceremony will occur on Saturday November 14th at 11 am EST. We have contracted with the University of Toronto’s CPD office to help run the virtual meeting and the various subspecialty and special interest meetings will be scheduled at other times.

Originally, we had planned ten additional hands-on and other courses in Fredericton. We are still pleased to be able to offer an additional Thyroid Cancer Update on Saturday October 3rd (afternoon) and Sunday October 4th (morning) as well as a Frontal Sinus Masterclass session on Sunday October 25, 2020 at 10 am EST. We are working on non-accredited industry sponsored symposia as well as periods where participants can interact with our sponsors.

We have tried to keep the cost low for consultants ($195) and medical students/residents/allied health professionals ($25). There is an additional modest fee for the thyroid and sinus courses.

I hope you have benefitted from many of the recommendations and webinars that have come out through the CSO-HNS during the pandemic. I am indebted to the countless members of our society who have given freely of their time and expertise to help guide their colleagues across Canada.

I know there are competing interests for your time and hard-earned dollars. In this time of uncertainty and a plethora of free webinars, you may be saying, “why should I pay”, “I will never watch all of those sessions” etc. However, there must be at least one thing you would want to watch, and the small registration fee will go a long way to supporting the continued existence of our society.

We need your support; please register today.

Thank you!


Ian Witterick, President CSO-HNS


74th Annual Meeting

A Virtual CPD Event
September 26 to November 14, 2020


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


Opening Session:  Saturday, September 26 @ 11:00 a.m.

General Sessions:  Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. & Saturdays @ 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



New: COVID-19

Read new information – “Tracheostomy in COVID-19 Patients:  Why Delay or Avoid?”  





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

Please find attached a slightly revised ABOHNS policy regarding Canadian applicants to the ABOHNS examination. The changes clarify the requirement for applicants to be compliant with the Royal College MOCOMP program.    PDF Document



Uncoming Events

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*Events per region: Canada, United States and International

To post announcements for upcoming meetings, courses or workshops contact us [email protected] .


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2019 Membership Dues

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Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Highlights

Important Message


Dear Colleagues,

We would like to inform you that the CSO is making changes to the coverage of the article publication charge (APC) for its members.  Original research articles and reviews will continue to be covered by the CSO for active members but other submission types (e.g. case reports), will no longer be covered.

Changing the coverage of the APC has been taken as a precautionary measure to preserve the remainder of the Journal’s 2020 budget for those original research articles and reviews submitted by CSO members.  The Editors want to focus on publishing CSO members’ original research and preserve budget to cover as much of those costs as possible.

From an academic perspective, the Journal is healthy due to the quality of academic work and the support of Canadian Otolaryngologists. We continue to rely and benefit from the support of our community. Submissions are projected to exceed 400, up about 10 percent year over year. The Journal is now in the 2nd quartile ranking, with the 5-year Impact Factor of 2.338. The open access format of the Journal has also enabled Canadian authors to showcase their work easily and widely to readers and colleagues around the globe, which in turn has increased citations. This dissemination is also supported by the expansion of different knowledge translation formats such as visual abstracts and increased leveraging of social media.

The Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery will continue to support the Journal. Shared models for payment of the APC are being considered. The discounted APC will continue to be available to CSO members for the foreseeable future as a benefit of CSO active membership. The Journal continues to be an instrument to project the quality of Canadian Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The CSO appreciates your support and the Editors are available to address any questions.

Best regards,

Ian J. Witterick, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Brian W. Rotenberg, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Douglas B. Chepeha, MD, MScPH, FACS, FRCSC


To read the latest articles go to the Journal section by clicking here.

Reminder to Submitting Authors

If you qualify to have the article processing charge covered by the Society, you MUST get the Institutional Membership code from the office IN ADVANCE and use it during the initial submission process. There is no other reimbursement method available.

Institutional Membership Code

Active members in good standing for 3 years who are either the first or senior author on the work qualify to have their publishing charge covered by the Society. Please contact Donna Humphrey at the office at [email protected] for the Institutional membership code.

Past Annual Meetings

Past Annual Meetings

To review details from past annual meetings please click here.



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For Sale


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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]  

To post  items for sale please contact us at [email protected] .

Miscellaneous Information

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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