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”

Dr. Ian Witterick


Dr. Ian Witterick, Toronto, ON

Dr. Vincent Lin

Scientific Program Chair

Dr. Vincent Lin, Toronto, ON

CPD/CME Committee Chair

Dr. Yvonne Chan, Toronto, ON

Guest of Honour

Professor Dan M. 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.

Scientific Program - Updates available



 REVISED:  October 30 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.



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]

IMPORTANT TO NOTE   Registrations are uploaded into the conference system at 5:00pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday.

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



  • Once payment has been received a receipt will be sent to your email.  You will get your meeting link/password on either the Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at 5 p.m. immediately following the date/time of registration pay.
  • You must be registered for the general program to register for 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.

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







Technical Information


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.).