74th Annual Meeting

A Virtual CPD Event
September 26 – November 14, 2020

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


President, Dr. Ian Witterick, Toronto, ON
Scientific Program Chair, Dr. Vincent Lin, Toronto, ON
CPD/CME Committee Chair, Dr. Yvonne Chan, Toronto, ON


Guest of Honour, Dr. Dan Fliss, Tel Aviv, Israel


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

We cordially invited you to attend the CSOHNS 74th Annual Meeting from the comfort and safety of your homes.  The continuing pandemic has forced the CSOHNS to move to a virtual format this year.  To help relieve screen fatigue, the general  sessions will run over several weeks for limited periods of time.



 REVISED:  Sept 26, 2020 CLICK HERE 

Please check the program schedule from time to time as changes will occur.


ALL PRESENTATIONS must include a disclosure slide.  Click here for the template.  Please remember that only generic names rather than trade names of medications and/or devices can be used during presentations and on written materials.


MPORTANT TO NOTE:  All presenters must be registered for the general meeting in order to receive a meeting login.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual meeting will be taking place virtually over a period of 7-weeks.  It will provide learners in the specialty of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (including general and subspecialty Otolaryngology – Head and Neck surgeons as well as resident and medical student trainees) a significant opportunity to attend online sessions of interest and acquire further understanding and knowledge in areas of perceived / unperceived weakness in the specialty. All branches of the specialty, including head & neck oncology, laryngology, rhinology, otology, neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, general otolaryngology, sleep disorders, and medical education, are part of the program.

We will run online plenary sessions including guest speaker lectures, workshops, panels, and podium presentations. This will provide delegates with a great variety of learning opportunities. Provision as been made to allow attendees ample time for enhanced dialogue and discussion with the various presenters via Q&A and chat functions.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s meeting, “Quality and Excellence in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery”, guest speakers will present their areas of expertise through plenary talks and workshops. Increased numbers of workshops will give each learner practical and adoptable knowledge to use immediately in their practice. In addition, there will be 3 applied courses of pertinent interest designed for impactful learning.  This year’s program will include workshops and presentations for the community-based practitioners, continued information on technological advancements, and popular updates on a variety of topics.



Dr. Robert Bell, Toronto, ON  (profile)  Dr. Rick Chandra, Nashville, TN  (profile)  Dr. Bryan McIver, Tampa, FL  (profile)
Dr. Brian Nussenbaum, Houston, TX  (profile) Dr. Gregory Randolph, Boston, MA  (profile)   Dr. Ashok Shaha, New York, NY  (profile)
Dr. Jatin Shah, New York, NY  (profile) Dr. Peter Vosler, Baltimore, MD  (profile) Dr. Lori Wirth, Boston, MA  (profile)

GUEST OF HONOUR – Prof. Dan Fliss, Tel Aviv, Israel (profile)



Saturday, October 31, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Chair:  Dr. Danielle MacNeil, London, ON



NEW:  This year, posters will be available for viewing in the lobby area of the annual meeting portal during the dates of the annual meeting, September 26 to November 14.  You must be registered for the meeting to access.

Those posters standing for the 2020 Poster Competition will be reviewed by the selection committee and ten (10) submissions selected to be short-listed. The top ten (10) posters will be reviewed and discussed with the principle authors sometime during the annual meeting dates via Zoom and a winner subsequently selected.   

Each poster will be assessed according to the following criteria: identification of problem, discussion of results, literature review and bibliography, quality of illustrations, originality, and overall visual presentation.

The winning poster presentation will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $500.00 that will be sent to them by mail.  The Review Committee may also name honourable mentions.


REGISTRATION is now open.  CLICK HERE and follow instructions.  You will have the option to pay by credit card or cheque.  If you have any questions, kindly get in touch with the office at [email protected]


General Program/Poliquin Competition/Poster Session – $195 Consultant/Emeritus Member  $25 Resident/Medical Students/AHP
Thyroid Cancer Update –  $95 Consultant     $25 Resident/Medical Students/AHP
Frontal Sinus Masterclass – $75 Consultant      $25 Resident/Medical Students/AHP
Upper Aerodigestive Tract Endoscopy  – No Charge 



  • You must be registered for the general program to attend any of the above-mentioned special sessions.
  • All presenters (workshops, papers & posters) must be registered for the meeting in order to present.
  • This meeting qualifies for Section 1 Royal College MOC hours.  Details available shortly.


Saturday, October 3, 2020 @ 1:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.  /  Sunday, October 4, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Course Directors:  Dr. Jeremy Freeman, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON / Dr. Dan O’Connell, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB 
Registration Fee:  $95 – Consultants          $25 – Residents/Medical Students/AHPs   
COURSE OUTLINE    Updated Sept 22, 2020



Sunday, October 25, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Course Directors: Dr. Yvonne Chan, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON / Dr. Marc Tewfik, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Registration Fee:  $75 – Consultants   $25 – Residents/Medical Students/AHPs  



Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Course Directors: Dr. Paolo Campisi & Dr. Yvonne Chan, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Registration Fee:  No charge  


Course Registration

CLICK HERE to register for the Thyroid Cancer Update, Frontal Sinus Masterclass and Upper Aerodigestive Tract Endoscopy.   You must be registered for the general program in order to sign up for these courses.




This page will provide you with information you need in preparation for your presentation at the 2020 CSOHNS Annual Meeting starting on Saturday, September 26 to November 14, 2020. Please review each section and if you have any questions contact Brien Wong at [email protected] .


Key Deadline Date


Submit your slides, videos and / or polling questions 6-business days prior to the start of your presentation date.



Digital Conference Platform


The CSOHNS Annual Meeting will be delivered via a customized digital conference platform called Pheedloop. Your presentation will be webcast to this platform via ClickMeeting and your unique presenter link. On the day of your presentation, you will be asked to enter the virtual meeting room 30 minutes prior to your start time to test your actual presentation and do one final technical check.


Presentation Specifications & Disclosure Requirements


Hardware Requirements

  • A stable high-speed internet connection – it is recommended to use a wired ethernet connection rather than Wi-Fi
  • A headset with built-in microphone
  • Webcam
  • Adequate lighting


Software Requirements

ClickMeeting is a web-based webcasting tool. No download will be necessary.


Slide Format

If you are using PowerPoint, all presentation slides should be in 16:9 aspect (i.e. widescreen) and not 4:3 aspect (the old standard).


Conflict of Interest Disclosure

As per accreditation requirements, you must begin your presentation with your Conflict of Interest Disclosure using the approved template (click here).



It is a requirement for accreditation that all presentations include a minimum of 25% interactivity. This is typically achieved through Q&A or audience response (polling).



The Q&A portion of your presentation will be facilitated by a moderator. For more information about the integration of your Q&A into your presentation please contact Brien Wong at [email protected] .


Audience Response & Polling Questions

Speakers are strongly encouraged to incorporate 1-5 audience response questions into their presentation. Questions can be in the form of multiple choice (max. of 5 possible answers) or word clouds (for open ended answers). Polling questions should be placed into your presentation to assess impact or stimulate discussion. Note: the time required for these questions is part of the time allocated to your presentation and constitutes a part of the interactive learning requirements by both Colleges. Two polling question options to consider are:

  • Pre/Post Test:  Create 1-5 multiple choice questions based on your presentation’s learning objectives. Place the same questions at both the very beginning and the very end of your presentation to test the audience’s knowledge before and after your session.
  • Diagnosis: Intersperse your presentation with 2-3 cases for the audience to diagnose. Questions can either be multiple choice or open-ended, single word answer (i.e. What is your diagnosis for a patient exhibiting the above?)


Presentation Delivery Tips & Considerations


Video & Audio Tips

  • Silence any phones or ringers, close your door, alert co-workers, or family members that you can’t be disturbed.
  • Make ‘eye-contact’ whenever possible. Don’t read your presentation script off the screen!
  • Be more expressive than you normally would in a traditional classroom (due to less nonverbal cues)
  • Do a quick run through of interactive features the day before or morning of to make sure you have the latest version of the webcast tool (ClickMeeting) and everything is running correctly.


Administrative Requirements


A reminder that content for PowerPoint presentations, websites and printed materials should not contain copyright-protected work. However, if the materials are deemed essential, the application of Fair Dealing may apply. For further assistance in considering the application of the fair dealing exception in any given case, you can consult https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/sites/default/files/Updated%20Copyright%20FAQ_2015.pdf


Patient Confidentiality

A reminder that all presentations must comply with patient confidentiality agreements. Patient names should not be used, and images must not contain identifiable features (e.g., institutional location of scan, date of scan, patient date of birth, MRN, photography that shows facial or other identifiable features etc.).