Laryngology Curriculum

In an attempt to coordinate ALA’s activities with the AAO-HNSF committees, ABOto Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities, the academy’s resident curriculum, and update our Laryngology Fellowship Guidelines, an Ad Hoc committee was created at the January 2017 Winter Council Meeting.  The charge of the Laryngology Education Advisory Committee (EAC) is to coordinate and advance education in Laryngology through collaboration with resident, fellowship, and Board certification curricula.

A Comprehensive Laryngology Curriculum has been developed and is updated on an annual basis.  Educational content for this curriculum will be added in an ongoing basis by dedicated members of this Association and the EAC.  Please send any comments/suggestions to the ALA Editor.


Part A: Upper Aerodigestive Tract Anatomy and Physiology

  1. Larynx
  2. Esophagus
  3. Tracheobronchial and Pulmonary Airway
  4. Embryology and Congenital Abnormalities
  5. Mechanisms of Voice Production
  6. Physiology of Swallowing and Airway Protection
  7. Physiology of Respiration and Cough

Part B: Assessment of Voice, Airway, Swallowing

  1. Taking the Voice Specific Patient History
  2. Laryngeal Endoscopy (Rigid, Flexible, Stroboscopy)
  3. Upper Airways Endoscopy (Tracheoscopy and Bronchoscopy)
  4. Laryngeal Electromyography
  5. Perceptual Voice Evaluation (Voice Quality, GRBAS, CAPE-V, etc.)
  6. Esophageal Endoscopy (Rigid and Flexible, TNE)
  7. Acoustic and Aerodynamic Analysis of Voice
  8. Imaging the Larynx
  9. Pulmonary Function Testing
  10. pH and Impedance Tests
  11. High Resolution Manometry (HRM) of Esophagus
  12. Dysphagia Evaluation

Part C: Pathophysiology

  1. Inflammatory and Autoimmune Disorders of the Larynx
  2. Laryngopharyngeal Reflux(LPR) and Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  3. Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE)
  4. Phonotraumatic vocal fold lesions
  5. External laryngeal trauma
  6. Endolaryngeal Trauma (PGS, Webs, IA Bands, etc.)
  7. Supraglottic Stenosis
  8. Subglottic and Tracheal Stenosis
  9. Benign Neoplasms of the Larynx
  10. Premalignant lesion and leukoplakia of the larynx
  11. Malignant neoplasm of the larynx
  12. Sulcus vocalis, vocal fold scar, mucosal bridges
  13. Aging voice
  14. Saccular cysts and laryngoceles
  15. Unilateral laryngeal paralysis
  16. Bilateral laryngeal paralysis
  17. Movement disorders of larynx and pharynx
  18. Functional voice disorders
  19. Hyperfunctional larynx
  20. Chronic cough, irritable larynx, and sensory neuropathy
  21. UES Dysfunction
  22. Zenker’s Diverticulum
  23. Esophageal Stricture and Webs
  24. Esophageal Dysmotility and Achalasia
  25. Barrett’s Esophagitis
  26. Esophageal Perforation
  27. Dysphagia after Chemoradiation Therapy
  28. Voice Dysfunction in Neurological Disorders

Part D: Treatment

  1. Voice Therapy and Behavioral Management
  2. Management of Difficult Airway
  3. Tracheostomy
  4. Microlaryngeal Surgery
  5. Laser Surgery of Larynx and Trachea
  6. Office KTP Laser Treatment
  7. Type 1 Thyroplasty
  8. Arytenoid Adduction and Related Procedures
  9. Transgender Voice Surgery
  10. Injection Augmentation
  11. Botox Injection for Hyperfunctional Disorders
  12. Laryngeal Reinnervation
  13. Esophageal Dilation for Stenosis
  14. Treatment of Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction
  15. Treatment of Zenker’s Diverticulum
  16. Management of Dysphagia after Chemoradiation Therapy
  17. Endoscopic Surgery for Laryngotracheal Stenosis
  18. Airway Resection for Laryngotracheal Stenosis
  19. Laryngotracheoplasty
  20. Tracheoesophageal Puncture and Management of Tracheoesophageal Voice Prosthesis Problems