Humanitarian FAQs

Where can I find humanitarian opportunities for otolaryngologists, residents, or other professionals?

Find basic information on taking the first steps to get involved in otolaryngology's humanitarian work.

Check out the Humanitarian Opportunities Database to learn more about various humanitarian organizations that offer medical missions abroad for otolaryngologists - head and neck surgeons. We currently have more than 60 organizations listed, stretching around the world. Contact for a list.

Residency is an optimal time to participate in humanitarian mission trips domestically and especially abroad. Such service can hopefully set a pattern for future service and can be a tremendous learning and teaching experience. Learn more about opportunities for residents.

Read postings about upcoming humanitarian activities, calls for donations, and trip advice on the Humanitarian Notice Board.

What is involved in a medical mission?

Learn how to prepare for a medical mission.

WHO Basic Manual
WHO Intermediate Level
WHO Advance Ear Care

Read James D. Smith, MD's guide on what to expect from a medical mission, including tips on planning and making the most of your volunteer vacation.

What resources are there?

Humanitarian Resident Travel Grants are for residents and fellows in training wishing to participate in a humanitarian medical mission for at least one week. Each grant recipient will receive $1,000 for medical missions. Learn more about the Resident Travel Grant or Apply Now.

How else can I contribute to the Academy's humanitarian efforts?

When time is too much of an issue, there are other ways to participate in the humanitarian process. There are many ways to donate to otolaryngology's humanitarian endeavors. 


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Become a member of AAO-HNS

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Humanitarian Opportunities

Humanitarian Opportunities

Do you enjoy travel or have a yearning to help others? If so, why not volunteer for humanitarian efforts?

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