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Just prior to the pandemic in late 2019, we were on our way to organizing IFOS Vancouver 2021. Careful selection of both the Canadian and IFOS/International Chairs and Co-Chairs had taken place. For the subspecialty areas, many committee members had been chosen along with topics and speakers. Of course, COVID-19 brought everything to a halt and out of respect for the safety and concern of the otolaryngology community across the world, it was inappropriate to proceed. We recognize that we are still not on our way back to normalcy and that many places throughout the world are still struggling to a very significant degree. However, we had to begin to plan again, and we are well on our way for IFOS Vancouver 2022. The logistics in planning an international meeting when there are still unknowns are challenging, and we hope to be able to have a hybrid meeting (combination of an in-person and virtual program) if allowed. Contingency plans are in order to deal with any issues that may arise due to the ongoing pandemic.

Subspecialty Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Chairs and Co-Chairs as well as many of their committee members (listed above) from Canada and Internationally from around the world, are back working on topics and speakers to present at IFOS Vancouver 2022.

The areas that key leaders in their field will be presenting on include Audiology, Education, Otology/Neurotology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sleep Medicine and Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Global Health, Laryngology/Phoniatry, Salivary Disease and Surgery, Vestibular Medicine, Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Physician Wellness/Health/Diversity, General Otolaryngology and Rhinology/Skull Base/Allergy.

The Three Main Plenary Session topics are:

A Planetary Panel on Climate Change; Moderator: Dr. Courtney Howard, Emergency Physician, Community Research Fellow, Planetary Health, Dahdaaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University
Diversity and its Role in Health Care; Dr. Jocalyn Clark, Executive Editor, The Lancet
Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Otolaryngology; Confirmation of speakers pending.

Regardless of their area of focus, every type of otolaryngologist will undoubtedly enjoy these diverse areas that pertain to us all.

Many of the subspecialty areas in our field will also have the opportunity to showcase major topics of interest for attendees in Focused Plenary Sessions. Two examples that keep in mind the theme of IFOS Vancouver 2022 “Globalization of Healthcare” are:
• “Cochlear Implantation and Other Assistive Listening Devices: Reaching out to all parts of the world so they too can listen.”
• “Rhinology and Skullbase Disease: The tried, the true and the new! Where best to be most effective, economical and safe.”

Building on past IFOS meetings and the experience of the many members of the scientific program committee, there will be ample opportunity to present in a variety of formats beyond the two types of plenary sessions mentioned above. These include Concurrent Sessions (Lectures, Instructional Courses/How I do it Workshops, Round Table/Panel Symposia, Great Debates/Controversies, International Consensus Conferences, Paper Sessions and Posters.)

As Scientific Program Chair, I look forward to presenting a tremendous program for my colleagues around the world, either in person or virtually.

Dr. Frederick Kozak
IFOS 2022 Vancouver Vice President + Scientific Committee Chair Canada