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Surgical Technologist Guides: Studying the Ear, Nose and Throat

Our ear, nose and throat are probably one of the most used parts on our bodies, and also the most susceptible to various disorders and conditions.  Otolaryngology is a very specialized medical practice – considered the oldest in the United States – that deals with conditions concerning the ear, nose, and throat ENT, as well as disorders of the head and neck. The full name of the specialty is “otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.” As a practice, otolaryngology covers much more than merely hearing loss, sinus problems, and ear infections; it also deals with such additional conditions as hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

Medical ENT practitioners are referred to as ENT physicians, otolaryngologists including head and neck surgeons, or sometimes otorhinolaryngologists ORL. ORLs also manage cancer treatments of the head and neck, and perform both reconstructive surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery. These medical specialists treat both children and adults. To maintain their professional standing, otolaryngologists need: a current certificate issued by the American Board of Otolaryngology ABOto; as defined by ABOto policy and in all locations where licensed, to maintain a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine; possess privileges to practice otolaryngology – head and neck surgery in hospitals and/or surgical centers that are accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations or AAAHC or, in the alternative, a given otolaryngologist must provide a letter of explanation as to why this requirement cannot be met; and complete a brief form and pay an annual fee with a penalty fee for a late submission.  As an ongoing effort to provide the best resources on surgical technology, complied below are a wide range of valuable websites that offer useful in depth information on Otolaryngology.

Online References and Resources

  • About Otolaryngology, Health Information, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery provides great background information on otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is the home page of this ENT resource
  • American Board of Otolaryngology: “The mission of the American Board of Otolaryngology ABOto is to assure that, at the time of certification and recertification, diplomates certified by the ABOto have met the ABOto’s professional standards of training and knowledge in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery”
  • The Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has the following mission: “to promote health for all people through education, research and public service”
  • BioMed Central BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders ISSN 1472-6815 is an open-access journal consisting of original research articles that are peer-reviewed and deal with all aspects of ENT disorders, as well as the related topics of molecular genetics, epidemiology, and pathophysiology
  • Ears, Nose and Throat, Medline Plus offers topics related to the ENT system
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders, About.com consists of general articles on the topic of ENT disorders
  • Ears Nose & Throat Journal is a registration-based online ENT journal
  • Ear, Nose and Throat ENT / Otolaryngology, UAB Medicine explains the practice of otolaryngology
  • ENT Ears, nose, throat, otolaryngology, MedHelp.org provides a medical glossary list related to ENT
  • ENTmags.org is an ear nose throat information magazine
  • Frequently Asked Questions, PeaceHealth lists FAQs and answers on ENT issues
  • Health Information, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery provides otolaryngology-related health information
  • History of Otolaryngology Medicine & Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin covers the history of this medical practice from ancient times to the 20th Century
  • How to be an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, eHow.com offers advice on what is needed to join this profession
  • Kavanagh, Kevin, MD, MS, FACS. Ear, Nose & Throat – U.S.A. Allergy, Ear Tubes, Hearing Loss, Tonsils and Larynx Voice Box Cancer is an informational website dedicated to the education of both doctors and their patients
  • Kids E.N.T. Health, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery offers national statistics on pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders
  • Maintenance of Certification, American Board of Otolaryngology details what is required for certification
  • Otolaryngologists, justanswer.com provides online access to otolaryngologists
  • Otolaryngology, The Free Dictionary, defines this specialized medical practice
  • Otolaryngology, Merriam-Webster Dictionary provides a definition to this medical science
  • Otolaryngology, Wikipedia explains this specialty medical practice
  • Otolaryngology, Ear Nose and Throat, Audiology, Aurora Health Care provides information on otolaryngologists to patients and prospective patients
  • provides information on otolaryngologists to patients and prospective patients
  • Otolaryngology Musings: All Things Ear Nose and Throat is an informative ENT blog
  • The Salary of an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, EHow.com details the six-figure salary of an otolaryngologist
  • What is Otolaryngology? Essortment Your Source for Knowledge, defines otolaryngology and its seven specialties

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