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Project EAR

Project EAR is a non-profit, humanitarian outreach program that provides otolaryngological health care to the underserved population of the Dominican Republic. The Department of Anesthesiology at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University provides anesthesia services for Project EAR twice each year (winter and fall). 

The goals and objectives as an anesthesia provider in Project EAR are to: 1) Provide cost-effective, quality anesthesia care in a resource-scarce environment, 2) Emphasize the importance of physical examination in the perioperative setting, 3) Maintain ethical principles when working with staff and patients from different cultures, and 4) Organize and lead a humanitarian medical mission in a developing country.

November 2011 Project EAR mission tripProject EAR Overview

Since 1995, Project EAR has provided medical care to patients in the Dominican Republic. The group of volunteer physicians, nurses, and ancillary providers are led by Edward E. Dodson, MD, associate professor-clinical, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. During two one-week trips annually (winter and fall), the medical team provides up to 80 surgeries per trip and provides diagnostic audiology and hearing-aid fitting. Reconstructive surgeries are conducted with a team from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery team. The patients who receive care are screened, prepared, and followed-up with by native Dominican Republic otolaryngologist Roberto Batista, MD. Project EAR is an established program that can not only deliver health care during these trips, but also sustain a healthcare model to the underserved population of the Dominican Republic throughout the year.

The following are some estimates of the over 1,000 people helped by Project EAR:

  • 650+ otologic procedures.
  • 22 cochlear implants.
  • Approximately 200 tonsillectomies.
  • 100+ plastic surgery cases.

Get Involved

Call (614) 293-8688 or stop by the Department of Anesthesiology education office to sign-up for upcoming trips. All providers from students, researchers, residents, faculty, and ancillary staff are welcome to inquire. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Kenneth R. Moran, MD, who serves as the liaison between the Department of Anesthesiology and Project EAR, will screen and evaluate all future participants. All participants should be in good academic and clinical standing. The Project EAR missions are approved by Graduate Medical Education at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.

Participation Requirements:

  • Good standing status.
  • Desire and willingness to dedicate your time and effort.
  • Opportunity could be more beneficial for CA-2 and CA-3 residents.
  • Learning basic medical Spanish prior to departure is helpful.


 Project EAR Humanitarian Outreach Program

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