Meetings & Events



Please know that the ALA commitment to our members and attendees is to exercise the best practice for your health and welfare.  Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the ALA Council in conjunction with the COSM Secretaries Liaison Committee (SLC) and our sister societies regretfully decided to cancel COSM 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

We extend our since gratitude to Dr. Paul Flint and the 2020 Program Committee, chaired by Dr. Peter Belafsky with committee members, Drs. Thomas Carroll, Stacey Halum, Alexander Hillel, and Tanya Meyer, for the unrelenting efforts shown in reviewing abstracts and creating a program that was educational with numerous innovative research reporting.  To our presenters, lecturers and panel discussion participants, we are grateful for your work and volunteerism.  It is your involvement that ensures the success of our meetings.


Moving forward, we invite you to submit an abstract for our 142nd Annual Meeting that will  be held April 7-10, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Call for Abstracts will be August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020.

On behalf of the ALA Council, we wish you good health and to please stay safe.

Recent Updates:  March 27, 2020

The COSM Virtual Poster Session (VPS) will launch on May 15, 2020.

Information and instructions were provided to all abstract submitters, including podium presenters, an opportunity to  participate.

Deadline to upload your E-Poster to Genigraphics is April 30, 1:00 PM (CDT).

(Go to to upload your ePoster file and an optional 3-minute audio file.)

CME credits may be earned by viewing during the 30-day period.

This is a voluntary participation and if presenters elect to opt-out, there is no penalty.

Manuscripts are still mandated to be submitted to The Laryngoscope; however, the deadline to submit has been extended to 1:00 PM (CDT) on April 30, 2020.  For questions regarding this deadline, please contact  the ALA Administrator at