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The Charleston Course - Annual Otolaryngology Literature Update

13th Annual Otolaryngology Literature Update

August 16-17, 2024
West Beach Conference Center
Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Program Overview

The MUSC Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is proud to present our 13th Annual Literature Update Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC as well as virtually on August 16 -17, 2024.

How does a busy clinician stay current in our rapidly expanding specialty? The literature is replete with new or refined diagnostic procedures, operative interventions and treatment algorithms. It is a difficult, if not at times bewildering, task to digest this information.

This course is designed to help. Our faculty members are charged with reviewing last year’s literature in their subspecialty, and then choosing the six to eight best articles for critical review. To be considered best, we are especially looking for seminal works and those with a strong evidence base. Importantly, the manuscripts must have significant applicability to every day clinical practice.

The specialty – head and neck cancer, FPRS, otologyneurotology, endocrine disease, sleep disordered breathing, allergy, rhinology-sinus disease, voice and swallowing disorders, and pediatric ENT will be covered in 20 lectures. You will receive a list of all articles reviewed and the presenters’ presentations. In two days, over 100 manuscripts will be reviewed, and those “pearls” important to your practice will be emphasized. I believe that there may be no better way to stay current in our field than with this Literature Update Course. I hope you will join us in a beautiful location along the South Carolina coast or virtually this August.

Robert Labadie, M.D., PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Conference Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

• Reference the most relevant, current evidence-based medical literature to optimize treatment options for patients.

• Translate new research and best practices from evidence-based medical literature into clinical practice.

• Apply the most current diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to their patients, based on evidence-based research.

Conference Brochure

The full conference brochure will be available soon. Tentative conference agenda can be found here.

Online Syllabus

In our efforts to “go green”, an online syllabus will be provided to all attendees. Information will be emailed to you prior to the conference so that you may download a copy. Internet connection will also be available in the meeting room.

Credit Designation

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit
Most states accept CMEs that apply to a specific nursing specialty as nursing continuing education. Please check with your respective State Board of Nursing to ascertain the equivalent number of contact hours offered for 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™


In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education anyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any financial relationships with any ineligible companies. An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Any financial relationships with these ineligible companies have been mitigated by the MUSC Office of CME. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.


The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you feel you need services or the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this continuing medical education activity, please call the Office of CME at 843-876-1925

Registration Fees

The registration fees for In-person or Virtual attendance is as follows:

  Early Bird
(On/Before 5/31/2024) 
Practicing Otolaryngologist   $535  $575  $625
 SC Otolaryngologist*  $370*  $400*  $435*
 Residents, Fellows, Retired, APPs  $425  $475  $525
 Industry  $535  $575  $625

*South Carolina Otolaryngologist in-state tuition

Access to Recorded Presentations

The MUSC Office of CME, with the permission of each speaker, will be recording each presentation of the conference. The videos will be posted online after the conference and be available for those who are not able to live stream the entire conference. Viewing the videos will offer the same amount of CME credit and can be viewed for up to 14 days following the posting date. The non-refundable fee for this service is $100.00 and is only available to individuals registered for the conference. Access to the videos will be granted to attendees who purchase this option in advance of the conference.

Credit Designation: The Medical University of South Carolina designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for each video. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conference Cancellation

A refund will be made upon written request prior to July 16, 2024; however, $100 will be retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be made after July 16, 2024. We reserve the right to cancel the conference if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for canceled programs. The Medical University of South Carolina cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares, hotel or rental car charges, including penalties. By registering for this conference, you acknowledge and agree to this cancellation policy.

Hotel Information

One and two-bedroom Scenic Villas are reserved for this conference at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Please call the resort directly at 1-800-654-2924 for reservations. Reference the MUSC Otolaryngology group. One-bedroom villas are $299.00 + tax + 9% resort fee per villa per night. Two bedroom villas are $459.00 + tax + 9% resort fee per villa per night. The room block will expire July 16, 2024.Reservations received after this date will be filled on a space and-rate available basis.

*10% discount for any larger villas, private homes or Sanctuary rooms.

Guests enjoy world-class recreational facilities and a wide selection of sizes and locations of rental villas and private homes on the island, all of which are held to the highest standards. Guests renting directly through Kiawah Island Golf Resort get the best vacation experience at Kiawah, or the best value. Resort guests can enjoy the following benefits:
• Exclusive use of resort pools
• Preferred golf and tee times
• Preferred tennis and court times
• Preferred nature programs and Kids Kamp
• Complimentary door-to-door resort transportation
• Advance dining reservations and preferred availability
• Advance Spa reservations and preferred availability
• Resort charging privileges provide ‘cashless’ experience
• Personal service from over 1,000 employees

Conference Registration

(Please use ONE of these methods to register.  Do not mail if previously faxed or telephoned).

1. Online Registration Portal

2. Mail registration form with check made out to “Medical University of South Carolina” or credit card information to:      
MUSC Office of CME      
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
HE601, MSC 754      
Charleston, SC 29425

3. Call the CME Office to register (credit card payment only) at (843) 876-1925

4. Fax registration form (credit card payment only) to (843) 876-1931

5. Email registration form to

Pandemic Uncertainty

The lack of certainty about the future trajectory of the pandemic makes it difficult to make an informed decision about almost everything.  With this in mind, we have listed some key points to consider as you decide between the in-person registration and the virtual registration:

While masks are currently* not required, we encourage the use of masks for individuals at risk of complications from COVID-19, including older adults and individuals who are immunocompromised or who have pre-existing conditions. If a mask is worn, it should fit well around the nose and mouth. Cloth masks are not recommended unless they are covering a surgical mask underneath.

We will not be offering COVID testing onsite at the conference. If you are traveling internationally, please refer to the CDC Requirements for International Travelers prior to making your arrangements. For everyone flying to Charleston, we suggest purchasing travel insurance in the event your trip is cancelled.

* New mask mandates may be implemented in the future as indicated to protect the health of our community.