18th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media

Event Location
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Maryland, USA

Event Dates
07 Jun 2015 - 11 Jun 2015

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Welcome to the 18th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media (OM2015), a recurring premier event on otitis media and its associated complications including medical and surgical management of hearing loss. This important, multidisciplinary meeting is attended by over 400 clinicians, students, researchers, health professionals, and policy makers.

OM2015 celebrates 40 years of symposia and is the first sponsored by the new International Society for Otitis Media (ISOM).  The ISOM adds transparency, accountability, and opportunity to a long tradition of otitis media symposia and research meetings.  The most obvious change is that we no longer distinguish “ordinary” (US-based) vs. “extraordinary” (outside the US) symposia; every symposium will have the same structure and nomenclature as stated in our bylaws (http://otitismediasociety.org/bylaws.html), with an organizing committee, vendor relations committee, and a program committee of up to 12 members.

The program committee for 2015, chaired by Jian-Dong Li, has diverse, international representation from the United States, Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, and South America.  In contrast to prior symposia, where the program committee had a strong regional focus, this new structure encourages transparency and promotes opportunity for all.  Moreover, all program committee members are first vetted and approved by the ISOM Board of Directors.

OM2015 provides a unique blend of education, inspiration, and networking, in a venue that is fun, affordable, and family-friendly.  The Gaylord National Resort is moments from Washington, DC, in National Harbor Maryland, the region’s newest waterfront dining and entertainment district.  The 42-acre hotel and conference facility is just 5 miles from Old Town Alexandria, 7 miles from Reagan National Airport, 9 miles from the National Mall, and 35 miles from Dulles International Airport.  Transportation options include taxi, limousine, shuttle bus, water taxi, and DC Metro Rail (via continuous shuttle service and MetroBus).

OM2015 is the premier global event for otitis media knowledge and networking, but this does not preclude having fun – and lots of it.  Options for fun and family abound in National Harbor, including shops, dining, watersports, fitness trails, nightly shows, and a carousel, Ferris wheel, a children’s museum, and Tanger Factory Outlets with 90 premium shops and retailers in walking distance. Who could ask for a better venue to see old friends, make some new ones, and engage in the most stimulating and cutting-edge otitis media discussions on the planet, not to mention the “formal” launch of the ISOM?