2020 Annual General Meeting - A Virtual Event

74th Annual Meeting

September 26 – November 14, 2020


A Virtual CPD Event

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


To view the conference videos please CLICK HERE.  Note:  You will be required to login to the members’ only section of this website.

RCPSC Maintenance of Certification Credits


Calculating your CPD Credits for the CSOHNS Virtual Annual Meeting

Step 1 – If necessary, click here for an overview of the scientific program. Once you have determined which sessions you attended, refer to this chart (PDF) to calculate your credit total.

PLEASE NOTE: According to the Royal College rules, Section 1 credits can only be claimed for the sessions you attended LIVE (group learning). Recorded sessions can be claimed under Section 2 (self-learning). More information on obtaining your CPD can be found on the CSO website here. 

Step 2 – If you have not already done so, complete the evaluation forms on the meeting portal for the sessions you attended. Tip: For easy access to the portal, use one of the reminder emails which were sent prior to the start of a session (it will have your unique passcode), or click here to reset your access. Once in the portal, go to the “Recordings” section and click the session you attended. Scroll down. The evaluation link is directly under the “Description” bar.

PLEASE NOTE: 74th Annual Meeting Certificates of Attendance will not be automatically generated. If you require a hard-copy Section 1 certificate, send an email to [email protected] with a breakdown of the LIVE sessions you attended and the credit total. Requested certificates will be issued in due course. Recorded session can be claimed under section 2. Refer to the documentation on the CSO website here for tips. 

Credits for Special Sessions

Frontal Sinus Masterclass

Upper Aerodigestive Tract Endoscopy Course

The LIVE presentation of these courses qualify for Section 3 credits. Attendees who participated live will receive a Section 3 certificate of attendance in the coming weeks. Please do not duplicate these credits in your Section 1 calculations. Viewing the recorded version qualifies for Section 2.

Thyroid Cancer Update

Attending the LIVE session qualifies for Section 1 and can be included in your section 1 calculations. Viewing the session recording qualifies for Section 2.

The Poliquin Residents Competition and the Poster Competition Session

As no live Q&A was available to the attendees, these sessions can only qualify for Section 2. Please do not include in your Section 1 calculations.

Refer to the Royal College website here for additional tools and resources on the MOC program.


Scientific Program - Updates available



 REVISED:  November 14, 2020  CLICK HERE 

  • Includes Learning Objectives, Abstracts and schedule of theTop-10 Poster Competition Presentations  

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


2020 POSTER COMPETITION – Sunday, November 1st  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A short-list of the 10 poster finalists will present their work on Sunday and answer questions from the CSO Awards Committee review panel led by Drs. Danielle MacNeil and Kevin Higgins.  The name of the winner will be announced at the closing ceromonies on Saturday, November 14.

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 primary author of the winning poster presentation will receive a plaque and cash prize of $500.00 that will be sent to them by mail.   Honourable mentions may also be named.

All scientific posters are available for viewing through a link in the lobby of the meeting portal.



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, ONP

See the program schedule for presentation times and titles.


Special Sessions


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.

Sponsored Webinars


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.

“FESS:  What You Should Know and What’s New”

Live and Interactive Video Webinar   

What will be covered:

  • Basic philosophy of FESS according to the School of Graz using illustrative video clips
  • Technical components like indispensable cold steel instruments, surgical assisted systems, powered instrumentation, computer assisted surgery, 2D/3D-HD-Camera-Systems
  • For the outlook, own experience with indications of drug eluting stents as well as biologicals will be presented.

Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Med. Andreas Leunig, Rhinology Center, Munich, Germany




TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.

WEBINAR:  Treatment of Sialorrhea with Cuvposa

SPEAKER:  Dr. Nadiine Yammine, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery / Laryngology


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 @ 8:50 p.m.

VIDEO:  The Role of PAF in Allergic Rhinitis Patients (Rupatadine MoA)

SPEAKER:  Dr. Joaquim Mullol, Head of Clinical & Experimental Respiratory Immunoallergy, IDIBAPS Barcelona, Spain

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020 @ 7:00 P.M.

WEBINAR:  HPV Disease and Prevention – From Bottom to Top!

SPEAKER:  Dr. Nancy Durand, Associate Prof., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto & Staff, Sunnybrook HSC, Toronto

Description:  This session will explore the shifting burden of HPV-related disease from cervical cancer to HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer.  The clinical trials of HPV vaccination in males and females, including adult trials will be reviewed.  The impact that vaccination programs have already had on disease will be discussed, including the goal of elimination of HPV-related disease globally and in Canada.


  • Epidemiology of HPV
  • The changing burden of HPV-related disease
  • Clinical trials:  4vHPV and 9VHPV in females and males
  • Impact of vaccination programs on disease
  • Vaccination of those with previous disease





SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.

Sanofi-Genzyme (RESPIRATORY) presents: “Biologicals in the Treatment of CRSwNP”

Speaker:  Prof Claus Bachert, MD, PhD, University Hosptial of Ghent, Belgium

CLICK HERE for all the details.



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.

Sanofi-Genzyme (Oncology) presents:  ‘Advanced Cutaneous sSCC Management Panel – How Have Treament Considerations Changed with New Systematic Therapies’


Dr. Kathryn Roth, Western University, Associate Professor, Chair, Cutaneous Oncology, London Regional Cancer Program

Dr. Scott Ernst, Western University, Professor, Medical Oncology, London Regional Cancer Program




THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.

Medtronic Canada presents:“Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surery:  Where We Are and Where Are We Going?”

Speaker:  Dr. Dan O’Connell, Associate Professor, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Alberta (profile)



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020 @ 7:30 P.M.

GlaxoSmithKline presents:



“Addressing Biologics in Nasal Polyps through an IL-5 and Canadian Lens”  Speaker:  Dr. Martin Desrosiers, MD, FRCSC, Montreal, QC