Department of Otorhinolaryngology


CME: Continuing Medical Education

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery offers a series of accredited Continuing Medical Education programs for practicing Otolaryngologists. Led by experts in the field, courses and conferences are developed in accordance with the guidelines of the ACCME and are planned in concert with the CME Office at the Perelman School of Medicine.

The department's goal is to offer a series of engaging, educational programs in order to educate physicians and enable them to advance their knowledge and remain on the cutting-edge of their specialty.

Upcoming Programs

2015 CME Courses

2015 Resident Training

Past CME Courses

Penn's prior CME programs have been archived for reference.
To view a complete listing of prior courses click here.

February 13-15, 2015 (Presidents' Day Weekend)
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Lake Buena Vista, Florida


  • The Future of Sleep Medicine
  • Indications for Home and Inpatient Sleep Studies with CMS Update
  • Surgery for OSA and Snoring: State-of-the-Art in 2015
  • Nasal Surgery and OSA – Does It Help?
  • New Technologies and Surgical Techniques for OSA including Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
  • Utility of CPAP Tracking Systems and AutoPAP
  • Obesity Treatments: Diets, Medications, and Bariatric Surgery
  • Update in Oral Appliance Therapy
  • Techniques for Upper Airway Evaluation, including Imaging and Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy
  • Indications for Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation, Oral Pressure Therapy, Palatal Implants, and Upper Airway Exercises
  • Complementary and Alternative Medications to Treat Sleep Disorders
  • OSA in the Elderly


  • Sleep Board Review: Polysomnography and Artifacts
  • Practical Techniques in OSA Surgery
  • How to Manage a Sleep Practice in 2015: Lessons Leaned and What to do with Home Sleep Studies
  • Surgical Case Presentations


Richard J. Schwab, MD

Andrew N. Goldberg, MD, MSCE

Eric J. Kezirian, MD, MPH 


  • Nice overview of relevant topics.
  • Presented some interesting concepts for future study.
  • Excellent, cutting edge.
  • Fantastic
  • Very interesting perspective.
  • Good review and practical guidelines.
  • 1st time attendee to this conference and very happy I chose to join colleagues… fast paced and nice comprehensive look at multiple aspects of sleep spectrum.
  • Great global view, well balanced.Learned a lot!Very practical.Thought provoking.
  • My favorite conference- nice balance.


Before December 15, 2014 = $675.00

After December 15, 201 = $725.00

Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Sleep Technicians/Residents/Fellows = $600.00 

(Tuition includes Fireworks Reception at Epcot)



Rooms in our group block at the various Disney properties (Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Port Orleans Riverside) are no longer available for all conference dates.  However, anyone who would like to split dates between resorts may still get our group rates at each of these hotels.  Please call the group reservation desk at 407-939-4686; let them know you are with the Sleep Apnea Conference and the Disney rep will assist in reserving rooms.

Please note: The conference will be held at the Grand Floridian Conference Center. The Conference Center is within walking distance of the Polynesian; however, you will need to provide your own early morning transportation from Wilderness Lodge or the Port Orleans; Disney transportation does not begin until 8:00 am.  Cabs are available for a $5 - $10 fare. Complimentary parking is available at the Conference Center.  You may take advantage of Disney transportation options from the Grand Floridian back to the other Disney hotels at the conclusion of the conference each day.

For hotel options outside of our room block (non-discounted rates apply), please call the vacation line at 407-934-7639 (W-DISNEY) or visit for pricing and availablity.


For more information contact:Cathy Lafferty at

Phone: 215-349-5382; Fax 215-662-4515



July 23 – 24, 2015, Philadelphia, PA


The 2nd International TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Conference is designed for Otolaryngologists, Pulmonologists, Head and Neck Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists and other related health care professionals such as Speech Language Pathologists, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.  The agenda will consist of didactic presentations, TORS cadaver demo-dissections, live TORS surgery, and expert panel discussionsWe have created a unique program this year in which the first half-day will focus on cancer-related TORS surgery and the second half of the day will allow the group to attend a full half-day focused on radiation or chemoradiation following TORS. Our thought in creating this program is that successful cancer care as well as the management of the sleep apnea results from a collaborative approach between the surgeon and non-surgeon. Whether you are a head and neck surgeon, pulmonologist, radiation oncologist or medical oncologist please look carefully at this program and we hope you will agree that this will offer a unique learning opportunity for all specialties.  Surgeons who are presently doing TORS or who have an interest will have the opportunity of learning the state-of-the-art approach from world experts. Radiation oncologists, both university and community based,  will have the opportunity to better understand robotic surgical techniques and learn the most advanced treatment planning that will allow better collaboration between the surgical and radiation oncology teams. 


Gregory S. Weinstein, MD

Bert W. O’Malley, Jr., MD

Alexander Lin, MD



Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD

Paul T. Hoff, MD

F. Christopher Holsinger, MD

Rainald Knecht, MD

Balazs B. Lörincz, MD

J. Scott Magnuson, MD

Enver Ozer, MD



 Joshua H. Atkins, MD, PhD

Joshua M. Bauml, MD

Steven B. Cannady, MD

Ara A. Chalian, MD

Roger B. Cohen, MD

Laurie Loevner, MD

J. Nicholas Lukens, MD

Kathleen Montone, MD

Jason G. Newman, MD

Christopher H. Rassekh, MD

Richard J. Schwab, MD

Erica R. Thaler, MD




A special discounted physician rate is offered to the FIRST 50 PAID REGISTRANTS

ONLY!  Be one of the first to register!



FIRST 50 PAID REGISTRANTS ONLY:                 $525.00

Early Registration (Until April 1, 2015):                    $575.00

Late Registration (After April 1, 2015):                      $675.00


Residents, Fellows, Nurses,

Nurse   Practitioners, Physician Assistants:            $300.00


Course registration fees include attendance at the conference, participant materials, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks and course reception.

Register now.


Smilow Center for Translational Research, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA (University of Pennsylvania Campus)



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Inn at Penn, a Hilton hotel conveniently located on the Penn campus, a short walking distance to the lecture hall.  A special group rate is available at $199.00 per night, based on availability.  Please reserve your room early to get the group rate.  Click here to make your room reservations online.



After the conference spend Saturday and Sunday enjoying historic Philadelphia.  Visit the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall where democracy in America was born, Longwood Gardens, established by the DuPonts with  over 1000 acres of incredible botanical gardens, or the newly renovated Barnes Collection which is one of the largest Impressionist Art museums in the world (just to scratch the surface)! Philadelphia is an-hour-and-a-half  drive from the southern Jersey Shore ( not like the show!) so enjoy the weekend on the beautiful beaches of Avalon or Stone Harbor on Seven Mile Island  or historic Cape May , among other great towns . You might want to spend your weekend exploring New York City or Washington DC, both of which are a short train ride away. Visit the AMTRAK website for the full schedule and to buy tickets. 


Airport options for flying into Philadelphia include Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Newark International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.  Fly in and out of Philadelphia or into Philly and out of New York or Washington if you are finishing your weekend there.



Submission Opens: December 15, 2014

Submission Closes: May 1, 2015

Notification: Within 2 weeks of submission


  • Submit abstract in pdf format via email
  • Abstracts should be a maximum of 150 words to include study objectives, methods, results and conclusion.
  • Abstracts may have more than one author; however, submitting author MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE CONFERENCE and pay applicable registration fees.
  • All abstracts will be forwarded to the review committee; you will be notified of acceptance in writing within 2 weeks of submission.
  • All accepted abstracts are for POSTER PRESENTATION ONLY.
  • MAXIMUM POSTER SIZE IS 3 FT. X 5 FT. (91 cm x 152 cm) - horizontal or vertical.
  • A foam mounting board and easel will be provided for each poster; it is the responsibility of the submitting author to mount the poster on the morning of Thursday, July 23 (before 12:00 pm) and to remove the poster at 12:00 pm on Friday, July 24.
  • All posters will be displayed for viewing beginning at 12:00 pm on July 23, through 12:00 pm on July 24; see the program schedule for viewing times.



For more information contact:
Cathy Lafferty @
Phone: 215-349-5382 | Fax: 215-662-4515