Humanitarian Efforts Database
The Humanitarian Efforts committee has created a Humanitarian Efforts database.
Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Service
The President presents this award at the Opening Ceremony to an Academy member who is widely recognized for a consistent, stable character distinguished by honesty, zeal for truth, integrity, love and devotion to humanity and a self-giving spirit. The awardee is an outstanding example and model to emulate for a life dedicated to a nobler, more righteous, and more productive way for the human to live as an individual on this earth. The awardee is well known for professional excellence and has demonstrated professional dedication by the giving of professional skills freely, and without desire for personal gain or aggrandizement, to those in this world who cannot otherwise, physically and financially, receive them.
Wide Range of Opportunities to Help
Humanitarian work is not only disaster relief, but includes a wide range of service opportunities to improve medical care or education that benefit under-served populations. In the U.S., it may include volunteer work through a local free clinic, head and neck cancer screenings at a health fair, or visits to a Native American reservation, plus financial and moral support of residents and other otolaryngologists who do humanitarian work.
Huge contributions can also be made abroad: surgical missions, visits to teach newer surgical technologies (e.g., endoscopic sinus surgery), or research efforts to understand the scope of ENT diseases in developing countries. Some Academy members have found retirement as a time to shift their focus to volunteer work, starting foundations, moving to become the only otolaryngologist in a region, or helping to train new otolaryngologists in a department abroad. Residency is also an optimal time to participate. Find humanitarian information specific to residents.
Make a Difference in the World
Consider other opportunities. Is there a local hospital or religious organization that takes such trips, where you could add an otolaryngology component? Do you have language or other personal ties to some area of the world? Contact the International Federation of Otolaryngology Societies (IFOS) or any local contacts to create your own opportunity. Learn more about humanitarian work abroad.
At the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience
To find out more at Academy meetings, check the program for instructional courses on worldwide service in otolaryngology, or stop by an theHumanitarian Efforts Committee Forum to hear about other Academy members’ mission trips. These meetings also have large numbers of international participants, so introduce yourself and see if you can offer some sort of service. Click here to view the Annual Meeting & OTO Experience website.