Leading surgeons from across the United States travel to Ecuador to build the capacity of local ENT surgeons. The trainers utilize a mixed-methods approach, which comprises of lectures, hands-on workshops, and shoulder-to-shoulder surgical operations, to ensure comprehensive learning.


Local surgeons not only gain skills and knowledge to conduct operations, but they also receive ongoing mentorship with the international surgeons through our innovative WhatsApp telemedicine group. These trips are often accompanied by teams from Help Us Give Smiles (HUGS) Foundation.

Hospital Metropolitano  |  Quito, Ecuador  |   May 3 – 5, 2018

Number of Residents: 26 (1st, 2nd, and 3rd years)
Modules: Laryngology, voice disorders
Methods: Lectures, videos, practical workshops, OR cases
Faculty: Dr. Mack Cheney, Dr. Ramon Franco
Written Test Score Improvement: 1st Years: 76%, 2nd Years: 71%, 3rd Years: 41%

Hospital Un Canto a la Vida  |  Quito, Ecuador  |   April 24 – 28, 2017

Number of Residents: 19 (1st and 2nd years)
Modules: Microtia, Rhinoplasty, and Facial Paralysis
Methods: Lectures, videos, practical workshops, OR cases
Faculty: Dr. Mack Cheney, Dr. Jennifer Kim, Dr. Vito Quatela, and Dr. Tessa Hadlock
Test Score Improvement: 37% written, 68% oral, 83% practical