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Penn's prior CME programs have been archived for reference.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.




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. 


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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: DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 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




November 3 – 6, 2015

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, Curacao

This 4-day continuing medical education program is intended for Otolaryngologists and related health care providers interested in a broad spectrum of topics in the field of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  The course will include a review and update of recent advances in rhinology, head and neck cancer, pediatric otolaryngology, otology/neurology, laryngology, rhinoplasty, facial plastic surgery, imaging, allergy, and obstructive sleep apnea.  The program also includes thought- provoking panel discussions on difficult cases and controversies in rhinology, management of oropharyngeal cancer, management of the dizzy patient, and what is new and exciting in otolaryngology. 


The registration fee for this program is $750. The registration fee includes attendance at all lectures and an electronic syllabus. Reduced fee for residents is $550. (Please send a letter from your department verifying your residency status.)



To make hotel and dive reservations, please download the reservation form here.

Please complete the reservation reservation form, and credit card information if applicable, sign and return with payment to:

Into The Blue

51 Rittenhouse Place

Ardmore, Pa. 19003


Fax to 610-642-6912

If you have any question regarding hotel/dive reservations please contact Christine Vilardo at

610-642-3483 or email



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


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