Become a Member

Application Process
The AAOA Secretary reviews all membership applications and makes recommendations for consideration to the AAOA Board of Directors and, subsequently, the AAOA voting members.

During the AAOA's Annual Meeting, the AAOA voting members convene to vote on new member candidates. In order to be considered, applications must be complete 45 days prior to the annual business meeting (approximately July 31st).

Once a complete application is processed, new member candidates will be eligible for member discounts while the application is under consideration.

Application fees are non-refundable and must be received prior to consideration.

Call 202-955-5010 or email membership@aaoaf.org for more information on the AAOA and membership benefits, or download and complete the membership application form.


Membership Categories


Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)
Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations, who have an active practice in otolaryngology.

Academic Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)
Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations. In addition, the applicant must verify full-time Academic status at an ACGME accredited Otolaryngology or Osteopathic training program.

Military Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)
Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations. In addition, the applicant must provide documentation of active military status. A letter from the applicant’s superior officer is required with the application.

Resident (One-Time Dues: $45 /lifetime of residency)
Open to residents currently enrolled in an ACGME/American Board of Otolaryngology-approved or American Board of Osteopathy-approved otolaryngology residency program or other approved training programs as outlined in the Rules & Regulations. A letter of recommendation from the training program director or department chair is required with the application.

Allied Health (Dues/Application fee: $205)
Open to individuals who currently work for an active AAOA physician member as an otolaryngic allergy physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurse, technician, administrator, or other paramedical personnel at the time of their application and every year there after.

International Member (Dues/Application fee: $435)
Open to otolaryngologists outside of the United States who can provide proof of recognition as a practicing otolaryngologist within their current country and who have an active practice in otolaryngology.


Discounts & Benefits

As a member, you will be eligible for registration fee discounts on all AAOA CME functions and all of our patient education and practice management resources. These savings alone can offset most or all of your dues.


Publications

Members of the AAOA receive:

AAOA Today newsletter. This quarterly communication tool updates members on issues related to the specialty (socioeconomic and educational), actions by the Board of Directors, research grant funding, educational course opportunities, and registration materials.

International Forum on Allergy & Rhinology (IFAR) is the official journal of the AAOA and its Foundation. This journal launched in 2011, and as an AAOA Associate or Fellow member you will receive print issues and have online access.


Professional Development

Connect with a network of over 2,700 otolaryngic allergy healthcare providers to share knowledge and experience to help advance your skills in patient care. The AAOA offers the following CME programs annually:
-Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology (Summer)
-Core Basic/MOC Review Course (Winter)
-Resident Education Forum (Winter)
-Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology (Winter)
-Annual Scientific Meeting (Fall)


Advocacy

Yearly, the AAOA expends an enormous amount of staff and volunteer-leader time and expertise promoting and defending the scope and practice of otolaryngology, recognizing allergy as a core component.

Limited to active members, the AAOA will make every effort to assist on reimbursement, scope of practice, and other payer-related issues affecting the practice of otolaryngology and patient access to care. The AAOA has been successful in modifying how carriers interpret and reimburse common allergy diagnostic and therapeutic techniques such as IDT and in vitro testing, as well as working directly with CMS on Medicare issues.  As members of the AMA House of Delegates, the AAOA has a seat on the AMA CPT panel, opportunities to participate in the Relative Value Update and Practice Expense Advisory panels, and serves on the Physician Consortium on Practice Guidelines (PCPI).  This voice helps us to work on behalf of our members and their patients.

As an otolaryngic advocacy campaign, the AAOA has joined forces with the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery to promote the unique expertise otolaryngologists have in treating patients with sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and related disorders.


Patient Education
To assist you with education and marketing outreach to patients and potential patients, the AAOA has educational brochures available for download.