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Triological Society Thesis Statements

Message from the Vice Presidents

We look forward to our 2018 Combined Sections Meeting in Scottsdale. Thank you to our Program Chair, Paul Willging, MD, and our Section Vice Presidents who, together with the program committee, has assembled an innovative program including panels, papers and video sessions of interest to all otolaryngologists, general and subspecialty, who are in community based practice or affiliated with academic institutions. The Westin Kierland resort, located in the heart of Scottsdale, has much to offer attendees and families. We hope to welcome you to our meeting in Scottsdale and are confident that our scientific forum will meet all of your expectations. Your participation in the meeting is essential for its success.

Note regarding Unauthorized Registration and Housing Services

It has come to our attention there are companies operating on the internet claiming to offer registration and housing services for Triological Society Meetings. These companies are not affiliated with the Triological Society and do not offer any services on our behalf. You may receive e-mails or phone calls from these companies urging you to book hotel rooms or register for the meeting(s). Registration and housing should only be accessed from the Triological Society website. Housing reservations should be made directly with the hotel.


Information Found on This Page

Attractions & Activities   |  Attendee Info   |   CME Info   |   Exhibits & Marketing   |   Hotel

Important Dates   |   Manuscript Submission   |   Conference Checkin   |   Meeting Activities   |   Meeting at a Glance

Meeting Registration   |   Presenter Info   |   Meeting Recording   |   Registration Brochure / Registration Fees   |   Social & Networking

Travel Awards   |   Travel Info   |   Who to Contact   |   Policies   |   ASGO Program


Continuing Medical Education

Disclosure List

Evaluation--to be posted at a later date

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Hotel Information

All educational sessions, posters, exhibitis, and events will be held at the hotel

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa     •     6902 East Greenway Parkway     •     Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: 480-624-1000     •     Hotel Information: www.kierlandresort.com     DO NOT USE THIS LINK TO RESERVE HOTEL ROOMS

Reservation Deadline - Monday, December 11, 2017

Make housing reservations here  (ensures you receive the discounted group rate):   Online reservations are encouraged
Special daily group rates for this meeting are $279 + 12.57% tax and a $25 resort fee which includes unlimited internet access in guest rooms and public areas, any local, long distance or 800 guest room calls, access to Agave, The Arizona Spa facilities and yoga classes, shuttle service to Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter, and complimentary s’mores on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Reservations can also be made by calling 480-624-1000 and referencing the Triological Society Meeting.

Reservations cancelled within 7 days of arrival or guests who fail to check-in on the scheduled date of arrival will be charged the first night’s room and tax. Space is limited and reservations received after MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017, or after the room block fills, are subject to rate and space availability.

To obtain the necessary amount of meeting and exhibit space required for this meeting, the Triological Society must commit to a minimum number of guest rooms. If that commitment is not met, the Triological Society may incur financial penalties and have difficulty obtaining meeting space in desirable locations in the future. We appreciate your support of these efforts by booking your reservation within the Triological room block.

Check-in time is 4:00 pm. While every effort will be made to accommodate guests arriving prior to the check-in time, rooms may not be immediately available. Check-out time is 11:00 am.

All events will take place at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. This Southwestern-style resort has nine dining options on property, a 27 hole world class golf club, a serene spa and fitness center, two pools including a lazy river and many family friendly activities. Each room includes the Westin signature Heavenly Bed, White Tea by Westin amenities and a private balcony or terrace. The hotel is located within walking distance, or a short complimentary shuttle ride, to Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter where upscale retail outlets, boutiques and dining can be found.

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Resort Attractions and Activities

Tucked among the McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa proudly showcases Arizona’s history and culture, particularly those of the Scottish immigrants. In celebrating the contributions that were made to early Arizona, Scottish Bagpipers pay tribute every evening at sunset in Dreamweaver’s Canyon courtyard. Live musical entertainment follows Bagpipes on Friday and Saturday nights.

In continuation of the Scottish theme, the Scotch Library features an impressive collection of more than 200 labels ranging from all six whisky regions of Scotland. The Scotch Library is open from 5:00 - 9:00 pm nightly, where Ambassadors offer their expertise to both aficionados and those new to Scotch. Tastings are available on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm and require advanced reservations. For information or reservations, call (480) 624-1202 or email dining@kierlandresort.com.

From 5:30 to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, the Muddle Bar at Deseo invites you to unwind and enjoy signature Muddle Drinks and select glasses of wine during "descansar" which means "to rest or relax" in Spanish. While you’re enjoying a drink at the Muddle Bar, experience live art in action with Resident Artist Nelson Garcia-Miranda. Watch him bring a whimsical display of expression to the canvas before your eyes.

Agave, The Arizona Spa, which is situated along a citrus tree lined pathway, includes various treatment rooms, a movement and fitness studio, locker rooms, juice bar, full service salon and access to the adult only Aguamiel Pool. As a Triological Society meeting attendee, a 10% discount on all spa services is available.

Numerous family activities are available at the resort. The Adventure Water Park offers a lazy river ride, a 110 foot long waterslide and FlowRider. The "OK Corral", named after the site of one of the most infamous events in Old West history, is open 24 hours and provides activities such as lawn chess, basketball, game tables and "Kierland Kampfires" with Arizona S’mores every Friday and Saturday night.

Adjacent to the resort is Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter, stylish outdoor shopping centers where you can enjoy upscale designer shops, restaurants and bars. Resort guests can simply show their room key to receive exclusive discounts and offers from many celebrated retailers. Visit the Concierge and ask for "Key to Kierland" or "Key to the Quarter" to get the most current list of participating shopping destinations with discounts for resort guests. Complimentary transportation is also available.

Golf at the Westin Kierland Golf Club -- The Westin Kierland Golf Experience brings together perfectly manicured Troon managed golf, the best exercise physiology, top golf instruction, on-site golf equipment fitting and the latest in golf technology all at one Scottsdale golf resort.

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Exhibits and Marketing Opportunities

Exhibitor Prospectus

2018 Exhibitors

Please be aware that by clicking on any of the websites listed below you will be redirected away from the Triological Society website and to the company website.

Exhibit Hall Hours

The Exhibit Hall provides attendees the opportunity to network with representatives from instrument companies, pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic equipment companies, publishers, public service companies, and others. Attendees are encouraged to visit with exhibitors to obtain information that may assist in their pursuit of improved patient care. New this year will be a daily raffle as well as a grand prize to be awarded at the end of the meeting.

2017 Exhibitors

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Registration Brochure

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Important Dates

September 5, 2017: On line registration opens

December 11, 2017: Hotel reservation deadline

December 17, 2017: Last day for early registration discount

December 18, 2017: Registration fees increase

December 22, 2016 through January 9, 2018: Timeframe for manuscript submission to The Laryngoscope or Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology

December 31, 2017: Last day to request and receive a refund

January 9, 2018: Online meeting registration closes at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time - onsite registration only after this date

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Meeting Information for Attendees


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Meeting Information for Presenters



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Meeting Registration

Meeting registration includes entrance to the scientific sessions, the exhibit hall, poster viewing, program materials, continental breakfast each day, lunch on Thursday and Saturday, the Welcome Reception and the Poster Reception and Wrap Up Party. The Thesis Seminar is offered on a complimentary basis to candidates and potential candidates for Fellowship in the Triological Society (pre-registration is required).

Online meeting registration here -- early registration discount ends on December 17, 2017, and fees will increase on December 18th. Online meeting registration closes at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time on January 9, 2018. After January 9th, registration will be available onsite only. All registration is online through a secure site. We cannot accept paper forms or checks.

Requests for refunds must be made by or before December 31, 2017. Email Marsha Holbert. “No shows” will not receive a refund.

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Meeting Activities

Triological Society Thesis Seminar (pre-registration required)   •   Building your Triological Thesis: Planning, Starting and Finishing
Friday, January 19th 12:45 - 1:30 pm

This seminar is for Triological Society active candidates as well as those interested in pursuing Active Fellowship in the Triological Society. Candidates will learn how to select and focus on an appropriate topic and research question, how to select a study design based on the research question, and how to select variables. The seminar will present some useful tips on organizing, analyzing, and presenting the data, and sources of funding for continued investigation. The seminar will be conducted by Dana M. Thompson, MD, Thesis Committeee Chair. You must pre-register for this seminar to ensure that minimum registration numbers are met. There is no fee for this seminar. We may not be able to accept walk-ins based on space.

Resident Bowl Competition (pre-registration required)   •   Friday, January 19th 1:15 - 2:30 pm

Who will bring home the trophy? Come and cheer for your favorite team and match your knowledge against the resident teams. During this interactive session, resident teams answer questions to try and prove they are the best in the competition. You won’t want to miss this exciting and energy-filled session. There is no fee for the Resident Bowl.

Triological Society Business Meetings (Triological Society Fellows Only)

The Section business meetings will be held on Friday and Saturday mornings from 7:00 am - 7:50 am, prior to the scientific sessions. The Southern and Western Section business meetings will be held concurrently on Friday morning and the Middle and Eastern Section business meetings will be held concurrently on Saturday.


American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology Scientific Session   •   Friday, January 19th 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

ASGO will hold their scientific session on Friday afternoon. The program is available here; registration is available here. Prior to registering for the ASGO session, you must register and pay registration fees for the Triological Society meeting.

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Meeting Schedule at a Glance subject to change

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Travel Awards ($750) Available to Residents, Medical Students, and Fellows

To help offset travel expenses incurred by medical students, residents and Fellows chosen to make presentations at Triological Society meetings, travel funds in the amount of $750 will be awarded to training programs for each medical student, resident, and Fellow selected for a podium or poster presentation. Presenters residing in the city where the meeting is held do not qualify for travel awards.

Travel Award Eligibility Requirements

Travel Award Applications
          Medical Student Verification Form     •     Resident Application     •     PostGraduate Application

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Travel Information

Air Transportation

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is approximately 30 minutes and 20 miles from the Westin Kierland.

The Triological Society has arranged special meeting discounts on United Airlines. These special discounts are available by booking with United directly, through a travel agent, or online.

United Airlines   •   800-426-1122   •   7:00 am-9:00 pm CST; Monday-Friday   •   8:00 am-5:00 pm CST; Saturday-Sunday

ACS Z Code: ZE6B   •   Agreement Code: 838205

Purchase your ticket online at united.com and receive a discount off the lowest applicable fares. When booking online, please enter ZE6B838205 to receive your discount. Area/Zone fares based on geographic location are also available with no Saturday night stay required.

Ground Transportation

Taxi: Taxi service can be found curbside at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Approximate fare is $50-60 one-way.

Airport Shuttle: Arrangements can be made through Super Shuttle, the official ground transportation for the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, for approximately $21 per person round trip.

Rideshare with Uber or Lyft: Sign up with Uber or Lyft by downloading the apps on your mobile device.

Limousine Service: Arrangements can be made through Transtyle Transportation, the official transportation company of the Westin Kierland. A one-way sedan with curbside pickup is $65 and a "Meet & Greet" is $90 plus gratuity. Please call 800-410-5479 to make reservations.

Car Rental: Special meeting rates are available through Avis. Call 1-800-604-5420 and use the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number B169699 when making your reservation.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is also available at the Resort. Please call 480-624-1000.

Driving Directions: Directions can be found here.

Parking: Overnight self-parking is available for $14 per night. Valet overnight parking is also available for $31 per night.

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Social and Networking Events

Vice President’s Welcome Reception (included in registration fee)   •   Thursday, January 18th 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

You are invited to mingle with your colleagues and guests and meet Triological Society candidates, as well as discuss the first day of the program and the upcoming scientific sessions and meeting events. This reception will be hosted by the four Section Vice Presidents, Drs. Bradford, Har-El, Ramadan and Shelton. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Continental Breakfasts and Breaks (included in registration fee)

Continental breakfast will be available in the exhibit hall and poster area each morning. All refreshment breaks will take place in the exhibit hall and poster area.


Golf Outing Friday afternoon, January 19th

The annual golf outing will be held at the conclusion of the morning session. To learn more or to sign up, to to the registration form.

“Meet the Authors” Poster Reception (included in registration fee)   •   Saturday, January 20th 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Attendees are encouraged to meet the poster presenters and discuss the latest in their clinical and research material. Light appetizers and beverages will be available during the reception. Clinical and Research Posters will be available for viewing throughout the duration of the program. Poster awards will be given in numerous categories.

Party in the Desert (included in registration fee)   •   Saturday, January 20th 7:00 - 9:00 pm (following poster reception)

Celebrate under the stars with friends and colleagues at the wrap up party with food, beverages, fire pits and dessert.

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Photography, Audio and Video Recording

Photographs and recordings will be taken during the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting. These media may be used in Society educational, news, or promotional materials. Photographs may be used in print, electronic or other media.

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Who to Contact

Meeting and Event Registration:Marsha Holbert -- Triological Society -- 531-355-8900

Hotel/Housing, Special Needs and Logistical Questions:Diana Shkap -- American College of Surgeons -- 312-202-5033

CME Information:Beth Slovinski -- Triological Society -- 531-355-8900

Exhibits/Marketing Opportunities:Kate Hastings -- American College of Surgeons -- 312-202-5298

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Refunds: Requests for refund of registration and guest passport fees must be made in writing by or before December 31, 2017. Email Marsha Holbert or fax 531-355-8905. There is a $50 processing fee for all refunds.

Registration Substitution: Meeting attendee substitution from one attendee to another is not permitted.

Security: Badges must be worn to gain entry into the exhibit hall, educational sessions and all events. We appreciate your cooperation.

Dress Code: Business attire is required for all presenters. Business casual attire is appropriate for scientific sessions and events.

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Conference Checkin/Registration

All attendees must check in at the registration area prior to attending educational sessions or meeting events. Badges must be worn at all times. Attendees not wearing badges will not be permitted into the educational sessions, exhibit and poster area, or any meeting events. Registration will be open on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, January 17   •   5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, January 18   •   7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday, January 19   •   7:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, January 20   •   7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Triological Society's Mission Statement and Goals

The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc., aka The Triological Society, was founded in 1895 in New York, New York. In the more than 120 years since its founding, the Triological Society has attracted the best and brightest in academic and clinical otolaryngology. Membership in the Triological Society brings the distinction of being elected to the most prestigious society in otolaryngology. Active Fellowship is achieved by presenting a thesis in the field of otolaryngology considered acceptable to a panel of peers. For those entering the field of otolaryngology, the Society provides role models. For those who are committed to research and related scholarly activity, the Society offers fellowship with like-minded peers who share common values, interests, and concerns.

The Society disseminates scientific information by presenting the latest basic science and clinical information at scientific meetings and through publication of its scientific journals, The Laryngoscope and Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. The Society promotes research into the causes of and treatments for otolaryngic diseases by attracting promising physicians to scholarly otolaryngology research and supporting their development, providing financial support for the research efforts of young scientists, and promoting the highest standards in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.


The mission of the Triological Society is to encourage and assist otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons and other health care professionals to develop, maintain, and enhance their knowledge and skills in their pursuit of improved patient care through education, research, and fellowship.


•   To continue the noble legacy of the Triological Society, which is to attract, develop and mentor the best otolaryngologists to become scholars and leaders.

•   To encourage, support, and disseminate through meetings, print and electronic mediums the latest basic and clinical research findings and reports on evidence-based medicine pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the full spectrum of disorders of the head and neck and related structures.

•   To seek out and encourage scientific and technical advances in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

•   To provide a forum through meetings, print and electronic mediums for the international exchange of ideas and knowledge in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and related fields of medicine and science.

•   To provide for physician professional development through support of teaching and peer reviewed research.

•   To encourage the highest ethical and professional standards in the delivery of patient care by otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons.

•   To promote academic excellence by requiring peer recommendations and an acceptable mentored thesis for admission to membership.

•   To ensure that all educational activities comply with ACCME directives, and develop vehicles for otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to meet their Maintenance of Certification requirements.

•   To enhance fellowship amongst members by creating social forums for interface and conversation.

•   To maintain The Laryngoscope and Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology as primary journals at the forefront of excellence as a resource and venue for scientific advancement of the profession.

•   To advance the Society’s standing outside the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and promote across all types of practice environments.

To facilitate the above goals, the Society sponsors educational meetings. The Society’s journals, The Laryngoscope and Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology serve as a means of disseminating the latest basic and clinical research results. The Society encourages research in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery by providing research grants and awards on a competitive basis.

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