Beginning in 2001, a visiting resident exchange program was established between the Medical University of South Carolina and the Universitatsklinikum Medizinishce Facultat der Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin which affords a one-month exchange of residents between Berlin and Charleston. This has not only fostered goodwill between our countries, but has provided an invaluable experience for the residents involved. The understanding of differences in surgical & clinical services between the two countries is foremost. The goodwill and cultural learning are priceless. To date, three residents from Germany have rotated at MUSC and one Otolaryngology resident from MUSC has rotated in Berlin. Resident participation is voluntary.
Twice a year, members of the MUSC Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery travel to the outskirts of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, on a surgical mission trip. The trips are run through Project EAR, Inc., a group originally organized by Dr. Paul Lambert and now directed by Dr. Ed Dodson, a neurotologist from Ohio State University. These missions are a collaborative effort with Dr. Roberto Batista, a Dominican otolaryngologist.
Each trip lasts a little over one week during which the group operates on 60-80 impoverished patients with cholesteatoma, aural atresia, microtia, and a wide range of other problems. These trips have included surgeons, nurses, residents, and physician assistants from MUSC. In addition to performing surgery, mission surgeons work with Dominican otolaryngologists to improve local care for ear, nose, and throat diseases.