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

2014 CME Courses

2015 CME Courses

  • 21st Annual Advances in Diagosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring
    February 13 - 15, Orlando, FL (REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 2014)
  • 7th International Update Course: Otolaryngology Underwater
    November 3 - 6, Curacao (REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 2014)

Past CME Courses

Penn's prior CME programs have been archived for reference.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


July 24 – 25, 2014, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The 1st International TransOral Robot Surgery (TORS) Conference is designed for Otolaryngologists, 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 discussions.  The special focus of the meeting will include: TORS for benign and malignant lesions of the pharynx and larynx; TORS for parapharyngeal space and skull base lesions; and robotic sleep apnea surgery.



Submission Opens: March 17, 2014

Submission Closes: CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO MAY 31, 2014!

Notification: Within 2 weeks of submission


  • Submit abstract in pdf format via email to:
  • 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 24 (before 12:00 pm) and to remove the poster at 12:00 pm on Friday, July 25.
  • All posters will be displayed for viewing beginning at 12:00 pm on July 24, through 12:00 pm on July 25; see the program schedule for viewing times.



Gregory S. Weinstein, MD

Bert W. O’Malley, Jr., MD


Mohssen Ansarin, MD

European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy

Fernando Dias, MD, PhD

Brazilian National Cancer Institute/INCA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

G. E. Ghali, DDS, MD

LSU School of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana


F. Christopher Holsinger, MD

Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto, California

Se-Heon Kim, MD, PhD

Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea 

Niels C. Kokot , MD

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Georges Lawson, MD

University Clinics UCL de Mont-Godinne, Yvoir, Belgium

Roberto Araujo Lima, MD

Brazilian National Cancer Institute/INCA,, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

Eduardo Mendez, MD

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 

Claudio Vicini, MD

University of Pavia, Forli, Italy


Steven B. Cannady, MD

Ara A. Chalian, MD

Roger B. Cohen, MD

Alexander Lin, MD

Jason G. Newman, MD

Christopher H. Rassekh, MD

Erica R. Thaler, MD



A very special discounted physician rate is offered to the FIRST 50 PAID REGISTRANTSONLY!  Be one of the first to register!


FIRST 50 PAID REGISTRANTS ONLY:                   $525.00

Early Registration (Until April 1, 2014):                    $575.00

Late Registration (After April 1, 2014):                     $675.00


Residents, Fellows, Nurses,

Nurse   Practitioners, Physician Assistants:            $300.00


Course tuition fees include registration and course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments breaks and course reception.



The program will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.



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.

The Inn at Penn has received the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site.


For those attending the 5th World Congress – IFHNOS and Annual Meeting of the AHNS in NYC July 26 – 30, Amtrak train travel from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to New York City’s Penn Station is fast and easy.  We recommend that our conference participants make the scheduled 2:30 PM Acela train out of Philadelphia in what we call the “TORS Express,” which will get you to NYC at 3:45 PM to check in at your hotel in time to enjoy dinner in the Big Apple!

Other train schedule options are also available.  Buy your Amtrak tickets online now.

Airport options for flying into Philadelphia include Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Newark International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.  For those attending the 5th World Congress – IFHNOS and Annual Meeting of the AHNS in NYC July 26-30, a convenient option is to fly into Philadelphia and out of New York following the congress.



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