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International Medical Relief seeking volunteer dentists

February 19, 2016

By David Burger


Service: Colorado volunteer Victoria Hughes assisted in a dental clinic in Kenya in 2014 in a past International Medical Relief mission.
International Medical Relief, founded in 2002, provides medical, dental and surgical care to underserved and vulnerable people around the world through medical mission trips.

In that time, it has helped thousands of patients — but to continue its efforts it could use a little help.

The nonprofit recruits qualified medical teams and offers assignments for volunteer dentists, doctors and other health care professionals to conduct overseas medical clinics in areas where health care is limited or difficult to obtain.

IMR is seeking volunteer dentists for more than 20 upcoming trips in 2016. "On all of the trips we could really use a dentist," said Shauna King, founder and director of the relief organization.

The trips range from Myanmar in March to Nepal in December, with most lasting a week to 10 days. "We have a special niche," Ms. King said. "Our trips are short-term."

One upcoming trip, in Zambia from June 9-19, has a special need for a dental team. International Medical Relief has been invited by the Zambian School of Dentistry to work directly with their students and professors as assistants and translators in clinics at various communities and orphanages. Professors from the dental school will also be joining the trip. They have requested skilled American dentists and oral surgeons, as well as dental hygienists and assistants, to work together on this joint venture. For more information on this trip, visit internationalmedicalrelief.org.

Dental professionals are required to pay their own way, but are eligible for continuing education credits, Ms. King said.

For more information on all of the trips, visit internationalmedicalrelief.org.

To find additional international volunteer opportunities visit the ADA Foundation's international volunteer website, internationalvolunteer.ada.org.