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HVO recruiting dentists for Haiti project

June 10, 2016

By David Burger

Ready to learn: Three students at Haiti's only dental school — the Faculté d'Odontologie in Port-au-Prince — pose during clinical training in October 2015.
Washington, D.C. — Health Volunteers Overseas is seeking volunteers to help Haiti's only dental school — the Faculté d'Odontologie in Port-au-Prince — by supporting the school's mission to graduate dentists who are able to work independently to serve the Haitian population.

Volunteers will provide both clinical and didactic training to dental students. They will also conduct faculty development seminars and train-the-trainer courses. Those with specific expertise may conduct professional development seminars open to the wider Port-au-Prince dental community, and some may have the opportunity to accompany students and faculty to outside seminars and outreach activities. In addition, volunteers will provide technical assistance to faculty as they seek to restructure the school's curriculum.  

The HVO project director is Dr. Jack Levine, a Connecticut-based dentist, member of the Foundation's International Programs Subcommittee and a longtime volunteer with HVO. In his initial assessment of the project site, conducted in partnership with fellow HVO volunteer and International Programs Subcommittee member Dr. Kevin Hardwick, Dr. Levine wrote that "the leadership at the Faculté d'Odontologie has a passionate and infectious vision for the dental school. Visitors cannot help but share their desire for improving both the physical building and equipment of the school, as well as the capacity of the faculty to produce comprehensive dentists who can provide a wide range of oral health care services with a public health perspective."

The new project will seek to strengthen the Faculté d'Odontologie's capacity to serve as a resource for the people of Haiti and the Haitian dental community.

Volunteers must be licensed general dentists or board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons with three to five years of clinical experience. Volunteers must have prior international health experience in a developing country similar to Haiti. Assignments are not to exceed one week in length and will be scheduled between mid-October and mid-April. Interested dentists seeking more information should contact Barbara Edwards, HVO senior program officer, at 1-202-296-0928 or

HVO is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. The ADA Foundation is a sponsor of HVO's oral health programs.