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Gain knowledge, confidence in international volunteering at ADA 2016

August 15, 2016

By David Burger

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Denver — Dental professionals interested in learning about volunteering overseas have two opportunities awaiting them at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting in October.

The Academy of Dentistry International is partnering with the ADA Foundation International Programs Subcommittee and Health Volunteers Overseas to present two courses led by dentists who have spent much of their lives providing oral health care to the underserved in other countries.

The two free continuing education courses will be held on the first day of the ADA annual meeting — Oct. 20. They are:

  • International Volunteering I: So You're Interested in Volunteering?, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., (5380), led by Drs. Charles F. Craft, Kevin Hardwick and Frank Serio. Dr. Serio received the 2015 ADA Humanitarian Award.
  • International Volunteering II: Long Term Improvements in Oral Health — Beyond Immediate Clinical Services, 1:30-4:30 p.m., (5381), led by Drs. Craft, Hardwick, and Serio, along with Drs. Dashrath Kafle and David Frost.
Dentists seeking opportunities to give back to the profession, including new dentists and students who would like to make volunteering a part of their professional life, should take International Volunteering I, said Dr. Robert L. Ramus, executive director of the Academy of Dentistry International. "Dentists are altruistic, humanitarian, compassionate, giving individuals."

Sharing: Dr. Karl Woodmansey gives clinical instruction at the Health Volunteers Overseas site at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Dental professionals interested in learning about volunteering overseas can take one or two courses at ADA 2016.
Attendees can gain three CE hours for each course. The first course is an introduction to international volunteering, presenting strategies to identify organizations and opportunities and ways to prepare for the trip. The second course is designed to provide tools for more seasoned international oral health volunteers who wish to create long-lasting impact in the communities where they serve, while exploring the development of sustainable oral health infrastructure projects and the implementation of primary health care programs that focus on health promotion as well as treatment.

Although the courses are free, attendees must be registered for ADA 2016 and register for each course.

For more information about the ADA Foundation's international programs including the international volunteer webpage visit For more information about the Academy of Dentistry International, visit For more information about Health Volunteers Overseas, visit

ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting will convene in Denver Oct. 20-24.

ADA 2016 registration is open. Registration and course fees increase after Sept. 16.  For the most updated information, visit Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #ADADEN.