2020 ACA

Given the developments in California with Covid-19, it is impossible for the San Diego Mission Bay Resort to host the 2020 Annual Clinical Assembly. No one could have foreseen the circumstances which have led to this impossibility; however, for the protection of the community of California and for the safety of our members the Board of Directors recommends our membership, our speakers, our exhibitors, our staff and our leadership obey their State’s health recommendations and the travel bans their employers have in place.

Due to the impossibility of holding the in-person conference, the Board has approved the following refund policy: If you have already registered as an attendee, exhibitor or sponsor, a full refund will be issued on May 4th, 2020, unless you choose to donate a portion of or the entire registration fee to the Foundation. An electronic refund form will be emailed to you and posted on our website. The refund form must be filled out and submitted as instructed. All refunds will be delivered via “PAPER CHECK” mailed to the address you specify on the electronic refund form. To apply for your refund please click HERE.

If you booked a room at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort please call (619) 275-8516 and leave a message which includes your full name, confirmation number, dates of your stay, and a phone number the venue can reach you. If AOCOO-HNS booked your room, you do not have to do anything. Please remember to reach out to the airline and any other entity you made reservations to let them know it is impossible for you to attend the conference.

Lastly, there will be NO virtual meeting or on demand education offered. Please consult your State Licensing Boards and ask them if they will be waiving CME requirements for 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The AOCOO-HNS appreciates the patience and understanding of the membership during this turbulent time.


The American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AOCOO-HNS) is a national membership organization that promotes the interests of its members by improving the quality of training, education, and patient care. Incorporated in 1908, you can learn more about the history of AOCOO-HNS here.


Training to be an osteopathic ophthalmologist/otolaryngologist takes time, intelligence and untiring commitment; the practice of these specialties demands the same qualities. Membership in the AOCOO-HNS will enable you to build on what you have worked so hard to achieve. The College’s member services are designed to help you meet the challenges that arise in the day-to-day delivery of quality patient care.

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AOCOO-HNS Objectives

  1. To improve the practice of ophthalmology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.
  2. To develop the application of osteopathic concepts in the fields of ophthalmology and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
  3. To study and promote such arts and sciences as may directly or indirectly improve the practice of ophthalmology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.
  4. To determine and prescribe a minimum standard for the training and qualifications for osteopathic ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists – head and neck surgeons.
  5. To provide instruction in the practice of ophthalmology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery for such osteopathic physicians as are considered intellectually and temperamentally qualified to receive it.
  6. To maintain and promote the highest moral and ethical standards in the practice of ophthalmology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.
  7. To recognize outstanding accomplishments in the fields of ophthalmology and/or otolaryngology – head and neck surgery or outstanding service to this organization on the part of any member.
  8. To provide means of definitely determining the qualifications of those seeking certification in ophthalmology and/or otolaryngology – head and neck surgery to cooperate with the American Osteopathic Association and its Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists in certifying those found to be eligible by selecting and sponsoring the American Osteopathic Boards of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
  9. To establish an authority that will have definite and practical supervision over the practice of ophthalmology, otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, including bronchoesophagology, facial plastic surgery and otolaryngic allergy, as it is related to ophthalmology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, in the osteopathic profession.
  10. To encourage the publication of books, annuals and selected articles of merit on ophthalmology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and to encourage speakers, films, meetings and other honorable movements or methods that will promote interest and information in these specialty fields

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