The past few decades have seen a quantum shift in diagnosis and management of laryngeal condition, thanks to the introduction of hi-tech instrumentation and equipment. Skill acquisition to ensure optimum surgical outcome has become an integral part of training in Laryngology. Founded in 2017, Asia-Pacific Laryngology Association (APLA) aims to promote collaboration of established laryngological societies, interest groups, practicing laryngologists and individuals who wish to engage in Laryngology as their chosen specialty, by holding biennial conferences and courses in the Asia-Pacific region. It is envisaged that APLA, in this socio-economically diverse and vast region, will promote standards, provide guidelines, establish consensus documents and support courses and conferences at various locations resulting in a better surgical outcome for Laryngology patients. The first APLA conference took place in Singapore, on 1-3 November 2019. Click HERE to visit the conference website.

E-Learning Programme

In order to promote education in laryngology, APLA website has developed an e-learning programme on its website. The learning programme is an open resource, accessible to anyone. The only requirement is to create log-in credential, a one off process. Please click here to go to log in page. The programme consists of several platforms: Laser Physics, Videostroboscopy, Minimum Requirements to set up a Voice Clinic and so on. However, we believe the highlight of the programme is The Quiz Platform.

The quiz platform: Image-based learning – a novel learning method

The image-based learning concept evolved around the simple ethos: Every laryngologist is bound to come across at some stage of his / her career a patient with a clinical condition presented in one of the images in the quiz platform of E-learning.

The Quiz platform is developed under three categories:
  • Quiz
  • Salient points
  • Current thinking
A list of references completes the learning process.

The quiz

The quiz starts with a high quality image and a brief clinical history. This is followed by a series of questions. Each question has a selection of options which have correct as well as incorrect answers. The reader is required to make one or more selections by ticking boxes and a click on ‘continue’. The screen then changes to show correct answer/s along with a brief explanation. Uniquely, it also explains why other selections are incorrect. At the end of a quiz, the reader has further choices. A section on Salient points covers important aspects of the clinical condition in nutshell, and Current Thinking provides an up-to-date trend published in scientific literature. A list of References completes the quiz.

Any reader wishing to contribute to the e-Learning Programme, please write to Mr. Oswal, here, in the first place with outline of contribution.

Terms and conditions for contribution:

1. The image/s should not be copyrighted. They should be high quality and preferably in .png format, Videos are acceptable as short clips.

2. The format of the contribution must follow the configuration as per the existing quizzes on the site.

3. The authorship takes all the responsibility for its accuracy and validity. APLA is not responsible for the consequences arising from the contribution.

4. The text should be referenced for its basis, where applicable.

5. Personal communication or opinion should be identified and documented as applicable.

6. E & OE

APLA Objectives

- Promote education via E-learning Programme
- Collaborate with similar sister organisations globally
- Convene Laryngology conferences in host countries in the Asia-Pacific regions
- Provide interactive platform for Laryngologist
- Promote minimum standards for practicing laryngologists


Image-based e-learning


Collaborating Associations