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Education Courses

Dr. Jack Levine, Tanzania, 2008
Dr. Jack Levine, Tanzania, 2008

The ADA engages in a number of activities to support the improvement of global oral health. These activities include professional education, oral health infrastructure development, community dental public health, and humanitarian outreach programs.

Courses on International Volunteerism Offered by Related Organizations

Virtual Projects at HVO Successes and Challenges
Friday, April 23, 2021 from 2-3pm EST
Presented by Health Volunteers Overseas
Speakers: Dr. Habib Ghaddar, MD, FACP and Dr. Elizabeth Shick, DDS, MPH
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Raising the Bar for Short Term Experiences in Global Health
Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10th from 12-2pm EST
Presented by the UNC Adams School of Dentistry
Speakers: Brittany Seymour, DDS, MPH; Evelina Ghergheleliu, MD, MPH; Judith Lasker, PhD; Tricia Todd, MpH
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Past ADA Courses/ Workshops

International Dental Volunteer Projects: Best Practices Defined
Speakers: Francis G. Serio, D.M.D., Karl Woodmansey, D.D.S.

You put your heart and soul into planning an international volunteer project. How can you be sure you are providing the very best of care? This course provides best practices for site selection, program design, working with local community representatives, infection control, participant and patient safety, logistics, and proper management of project funds. Participants will receive course materials in advance.

Dr. Frank Serio Presentation (PDF)
Dr. Karl Woodmansey Presentation (PDF)

International Volunteer Project Workshop: Exploring Challenges and Developing Best Practices
Event date: May 11, 2018 (links to recordings provided below)
Keynote speakers: Dr. Francis G. Serio, D.M.D., M.S., M.B.A.
and Dr. David Frost, D.D.S., M.S.

This one-day workshop was designed for groups and institutions that are already involved in planning, directing, or implementing international volunteer dental projects dedicated to either the provision of care or training. During the event, participants:
•    Identified common challenges faced by all international volunteer projects and potential best solutions to those challenges.
•    Called upon best practices to address project or site specific challenges to projects.
•    Contributed to the development of best practices guidelines for the conduct of international volunteer projects.

This workshop was sponsored by the ADA Foundation, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International Foundation, Aseptico, and Henry Schein. The event recordings are provided in four parts:
Part 1 - Dr. Frank Serio, Introduction and Initial Comments
Part 2 - Breakout Session 1, Group Presentations and Summary
Part 3 - Dr. David Frost, Ethical Considerations
Part 4 - Breakout Session 2, Group Presentations and Summary
Dr. Frost's presentation (PDF)
Dr. Serio's presentation (PDF)
Proceedings of the International Volunteer Project Workshop: Exploring Challenges and Developing Best Practices (PDF)