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Acceptance of Neurotology Board Certification Among Leaders in the Field

Saeed, Hashir K.*; Mikulec, Anthony A.

Otology & Neurotology:
doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000333
Research Methodology

Introduction: Neurotology board certification was born a decade ago and is available to otolaryngologists who specialize in clinical neurotology. The degree of participation in this voluntary program among leaders in the field has not been previously assessed.

Methods: The Web sites of ACGME accredited otolaryngology programs were used to identify chairpersons who self-identified as neurotologists. Past presidents of the American Neurotology Society (ANS) since 1997 were also evaluated. The participation of both groups in neurotology board certification (NC) was ascertained using the search tool available on the American Board of Otolaryngology Web site (

Results: Of the 26 chairmen (all were men) identified as neurotologists, 18 (69%) participated in NC. Ten of 13 past presidents (77%) of the ANS participated in NC. Combining the 2 groups, 28 (72%) of 39 leaders in neurotology in the United States participated in NC.

Conclusion: Adoption of the NC process among leaders in the field of neurotology in the United States has been robust, despite the significant costs entailed in participation.

Author Information

*Saint Louis University School of Medicine; and †Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Anthony A. Mikulec, M.D., Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 3635 Vista Ave, 6th FL FDT, Saint Louis, MO 63110; E-mail:

The authors disclose no conflicts of interest.

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