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  • Membership directory search (Member Home)
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Other membership benefits

  • Subscription to JARO, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Small grants up to $1000 to support activities related to our mission (see Funding Opportunities)
  • Fee reduction for registration to the MidWinter Meeting*
  • Opportunity to sponsor an abstract for the ARO MidWinter Meeting* (Either your own or for a scientist who may or may not be a member of the association)
  • Information updates in the field of Otolaryngology**
  • Participation in the governance of the association***

    *The MidWinter Meeting is held each year. The program includes both contributed paper sessions and special seminars, workshops and a short course with invited speakers on topics of current interest and importance to the ARO membership. The meeting abstracts are available to meeting attendees in digital form prior to the meeting.  The abstracts are also available on the ARO website after the meeting. The ARO encourages an informal atmosphere at this meeting in order that the participants have maximal opportunity to exchange information. This informal setting is especially important for young scientists or clinicians in their attempt to learn about the broad field of scientific Otolaryngology

    **Information updates in the field of Otolargyngology: ARO members are kept informed about ARO business and other topics pertinent to research in Otolaryngology through this website and through a selectied mass e-mail service to members. Members may be informed of critical issues related to research in Otolaryngology, such as pending legislation and policies of funding agencies and other issues that could have an impact on research. The ARO website includes announcements and a calendar of events related to the field of Otolaryngology, career opportunities, information on the ARO MidWinter Meeting, searchable abstracts from 1993 to the present, JARO and selected research highlights from the journal, and a resource library of related websites for educational purposes. 

    ***Participation in the governance of the association: Members are eligible to serve on committees and therefore contribute to the establishment of association priorities and programs. An election for the leaders governing the ARO is conducted annually. Business meetings are held annually during the association’s MidWinter Meeting.  



    Testimonial from aro past-president, Dr. matt kelley

    The strength of any society, regardless of the common interests that draw those individuals together, is derived from the individuals that comprise it.  As we all know, the primary responsibility of the ARO is to organize our annual Mid-Winter Meeting (MWM).  While the meeting has been growing steadily over the past few years, membership has remained relatively flat.  Here I discuss some reasons for MWM attendees to become members, for the mutual good of all MWM participants.  To those of you who are already members, you may find these arguments helpful for encouraging colleagues new to the field to join ARO.

    The Midwinter Meeting only occurs through the hard work of the ARO members who serve on the various committees, such as the Program and the Award of Merit Committees to name just two, that are crucial for the content and coordination of the MWM.   Without new membership, our committees will continue to be populated by long-standing members.  While I believe our existing members are doing a great job of directing the ARO, new individuals can bring in new ideas that could make ARO even better.  Put another way, membership gives you the chance to play a significant role in the planning and execution of the MWM.  Whether there are aspects of the meeting that you love and feel need to be protected, or obstacles that you want changed, the way to have influence starts with membership.

    A little over ten years ago, ARO members decided to create a journal, JARO, which would provide a venue for publications on topics that are relevant to our field and membership.  To accomplish this, we crafted an agreement with Springer that includes a personal subscription to JARO for each member at no additional cost to them.  In return, Springer added to its portfolio a journal with a valuable subscriber base.  The long term health of this valuable resource requires a stable or growing membership.

    Finally, our influence in the public sphere depends on both the current membership and its trajectory.   The more of us there are, and the more we grow in number, the more we will be asked to contribute to public discussions of hearing-related research and clinical practice.

    The lion’s share of intellectual and financial support for ARO, the Mid-Winter Meeting, and JARO will always come from our members.  To ensure the long-term health of each of these components, it’s important for you, your colleagues, and trainees to become and remain members.

    By Matthew Kelley, ARO Past President & Current Program Chair