ORAL HEALTH

A teacher can never doubt the rewards of having students listen and adopt your teachings. The camaraderie of sharing with teaching colleagues was very rewarding.

-HVO Oral Health Volunteer

READY TO VOLUNTEER?

There are multiple steps to the placement process and often more than one approval is required. The process varies slightly from country-to-country and project-to-project. We strive to make this process as quick as possible but potential volunteers should be aware that final approval can take several months.

 

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – International University
Volunteers support the implementation of a postdoctoral curriculum designed to train specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery by providing clinical and didactic instruction.

Assignment: 2 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice (active or retired); academic appointees and private practitioners accepted

Activities: Clinical Training, Curriculum Development, Didactic Instruction, Formal Lecturing, Grand Rounds, Mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Suitable for Children

 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – University of Health Sciences
Volunteers provide support, in conjunction with the Cambodian Dental Association, to the faculty, graduates and students. Volunteers deliver lectures and clinical demonstrations, in addition to providing practical dental student education in the dental school clinics.

Assignment: 2 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Dentistry – all topics; restorative dentistry, endodontics, prosthetics, orthodontics and implants of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); general dentists & specialists accepted

Activities: Clinical Training, Continuing Education, Didactic Instruction, Faculty/Staff Training, Formal Lecturing, Mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Suitable for Children

 

Kikuyu, Kenya – PCEA Kikuyu Mission Hospital/School of Dental Sciences, University of Nairobi
The primary goal of this project is to increase the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons available to the increasing population in Kenya. Volunteers provide training to oral and maxillofacial surgery undergraduate and postgraduate students at the School of Dental Sciences at the University of Nairobi and also at the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Campus of PCEA Kikuyu Hospital.

Assignment: 2 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board certified; current license to practice (active or retired); academic appointees and private practitioners accepted

Activities: Case Presentations, Clinical Training, Continuing Education, Curriculum Development, Departmental Conferences, Didactic Instruction, Faculty/Staff Training, Formal Lecturing, Grand Rounds, Mentoring, Protocol Development, Research Advising

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Not Suitable for Children

 

Vientiane, Laos – National University of Laos
Volunteers provide clinical training to the dental students and faculty at the university as well as local dentists in Vientiane.

Assignment: 1-2 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Dentistry – all topics; restorative dentistry, oral pathology, periodontics, preventative dentistry (esp. pediatric), dental radiology and dental clinic management of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); general dentists & specialists accepted

Activities: Clinical Training, Continuing Education, Didactic Instruction, Faculty/Staff Training, Formal Lecturing, Mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Not Suitable for Children

 

Kathmandu, Nepal – Dhulikhel Dental School
Working with Dhulikhel Dental School faculty, HVO volunteers will increase the number and quality of trained oral health care providers in Nepal, augmenting teaching and training for students and staff through lectures, bedside training, mentoring and more. Requested topics for instruction include ABO standards, oral medicine, and oral pathology. HVO volunteers will also collaborate with and mentor faculty about effective teaching methods and techniques.

Assignment: 2 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Dentistry – all topics; Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice (active or retired)

Activities: Clinical Training, Continuing Education, Curriculum Development, Didactic Instruction, Education Material Development, Faculty/Staff Training, Formal Lecturing, Mentoring

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Suitable for Children

 

Managua, Nicaragua – UNICA (Universidad Catolica)
Volunteers assist the faculty with the development of specialty training programs. Both clinical and didactic training is needed in the following areas: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics and prosthodontics.

Assignment: 1-2 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Dentistry – all topics; Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents (oral surgery) accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Dentists, specialists & oral and maxillofacial surgeons; surgeons must be board certified; current license to practice

Activities: Clinical Training, Continuing Education, Curriculum Development, Didactic Instruction, Education Material Development, Faculty/Staff Training, Formal Lecturing, Mentoring

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Not Suitable for Children

 

Vieux Fort, St. Lucia – St. Jude Hospital
This program emphasizes the provision of basic dental care. Volunteers perform mainly exodontia. The three chair dental clinic is open weekdays and stays open until all patients have been seen. After closing, emergency care is provided.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Dentistry – basic dental care

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Current license to practice (active or retired); general dentists accepted

Activities: Clinical Service

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Suitable for Children

 

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Muhimbili University
Volunteers provide chair-side instruction and lectures to undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as continuing education to the faculty at Muhimbili University and assist them with revising the current curriculum. Areas of focus are oral & maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatrics preventative and restorative dentistry.

Assignment: 2 weeks

Specialties & Sub-Specialties: Dentistry – all topics; orthodontics, pediatrics, preventative dentistry and restorative dentistry of particular interest; Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents (oral surgery) accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Dentists, specialists & oral and maxillofacial surgeons; surgeons must be board certified; current license to practice

Activities: Clinical Training, Continuing Education, Curriculum Development, Didactic Instruction, Education Material Development, Faculty/Staff Training, Formal Lecturing, Mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for Companion/Spouse; Not Suitable for Children

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