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Certificate for International Volunteer Service application deadline July 1

March 07, 2016 Do you know a dentist who volunteers internationally?  

If so, you can recognize their contributions to the dental profession.

Applications are due July 1 for the Certificate for International Volunteer Service. The certificate program recognizes ADA members who have volunteered in developing countries to improve the oral and overall health of individuals.

Criteria for applying for and receiving the certificate include:

  • Be an active, life, student or retired member of the American Dental Association.
  • Have served in an international location with a program sponsored by a dental school or recognized nonprofit organization for a minimum of 14 days, either in one period or in several visits, in any 24-month period.
  • Have provided clinical dental service and/or taught local dental personnel or assisted in training initiatives to improve the local oral health care infrastructure.
  • Supply evidence of the dates of the service with a comprehensive, detailed breakdown of activities and the value of the contribution by means of a letter or testimonial from the director of the program or other appropriate official. For student members working in a dental school program this requirement shall be the responsibility of the dean or director of the outreach program.
  • Be nominated by a component or constituent society, federal dental service or dental school.
  • Be verified in writing to be a member in good standing by the component society, if such exists, or by the constituent society, commanding officer or dean of the dental school as appropriate.
The ADA Board of Trustees will review the nominations at its meeting in August.

The ADA may award a certificate to the same individual more than once.

For more information about the Certificate for International Volunteer Service or to submit a nomination, visit