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Needed: Volunteer Dental Professionals to Make a Difference

by Tracey Goldner | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, ORE. - April 9, 2008) Dental pain is no stranger to thousands of children in the Pacific Northwest and millions across the world. For dental professionals who want to make a difference, a course on volunteering their services locally and internationally with global health agency Medical Teams International is the first step.

Permanente Dental Associates (Kaiser) and Medical Teams International will present a two-credit continuing education course, “Volunteering with Medical Teams International: From Portland to the World,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m., April 24. The workshop will be held at the organization’s headquarters, 14150 SW Milton Ct., Tigard.

The course introduces dental professionals to Medical Teams International’s mission, projects and volunteer opportunities. Participants will meet with Medical Teams staff and volunteers, tour a mobile dental van and view dental equipment aboard these dental “offices on wheels.”

“This workshop is the closest a dental professional can get to a real life experience aboard a Mobile Dental van or treating patients in another country,” says Dr. David Smith, a guest lecturer and a Medical Teams International dental volunteer. “It’s a concrete way to give back to your community locally or globally.”

Workshop attendees also have an opportunity to visit Medical Teams International’s REAL. LIFE. Exhibit—a display which powerfully portrays life for millions of impoverished people living in the developing world.

Cost of the two-credit course is $30 for dentists; $20 for hygienists, assistants and guests, and includes an Italian buffet dinner. To register or for more information, contact Rhonda Schriner at (503) 813.4915. Registration deadline is April 18.

Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 28-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,650 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.