Medical Teams International

 Medical Teams International

Medical Teams International

Saturday, April 4, 2009
8 am - 12 pm
4 CE credits
ODA course
Recommended for: Dental Team
 
 
 
Medical Teams International:
At Home and Abroad

 

This session is presented by staff members and volunteers of Medical Teams International (formerly Northwest Medical Teams) to share the mission and logistics of volunteering with MTI in Oregon and abroad. MTI implements and supports programs that address the causes and effects of inadequate health care. particularly among those affected by disaster, conflict and poverty.
 
MTI meets people’s needs through humanitarian aid and disaster relief, regardless of their race, gender or religion. Initiatives include training and education to build the skill and capacity of our partners, volunteers, staff and those we serve in order to produce sustainable change. The philosophy of MTI is holistic, to address the health and wellness of the whole person—a physical, social, mental and spiritual being.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the activities of the Mobile Dental Program in the Portland and throughout Oregon.
  • Learn about opportunities to participate in international projects through Medical Teams International 
  • Have a sense of the urgent need here and abroad for dentists and auxiliary staff to volunteer their time and expertise—and of how easy it is to volunteer.

Speakers (Listed in Alphabetical Order):
Dr. Dale Canfield received his D.M.D. in 1960 from OHSU School of Dentistry (then University of Oregon Dental School). He has a long and varied history of providing pro bono dental care in the Portland area and internationally. Dr. Canfield has provided volunteer dental work with Medical Teams International since 1998. He began this work in an elementary school and commented that the poverty and poor oral health existing just a few miles from his office “hit me between eyes like a brick,” galvanizing his commitment to provide volunteer dental treatment and to recruit others to provide treatment. Dr. Canfield has served on the Northwest Medical Teams/Medical Teams International dental advisory board from 2002-present. He has completed five dental volunteer trips to Cambodia.
 
Weston W. Heringer Jr., D.M.D. received his DMD from OHSU in 1971. He received the Pediatric Residency Certification at Children’s Medical Center-Dayton, Ohio in 1977. He served in active military service from 1971-1975 and again from 1990 to 1991, retiring from reserve duty in 1993 with the rank of Colonel.   Dr. Heringer provided volunteer community service while in the Republic of Panama (1972-1974) and has participated in Northwest Medical Teams/Medical Teams International projects in Mexico, Romania, and Cambodia from 1988 through 2006. Dr. Heringer has had teaching appointments in the USA Pediatric Residency program at Fort Lewis, WA (1987-1993) and at OHSU since 1994. He has directed the Pediatric Residency Program at OHSU School of Dentistry. Dr. Heringer served as president of the ODA in 2005-06.
 
Susan Rustvold, DMD graduated from OHSU School of Dentistry in 1985. She was on the faculty of the School of Dentistry from 1985 to 2000 and chaired the department of Behavioral Sciences from 1998 to 2000. She has volunteered on the dental vans in the Portland area since 2004.
 
Steven Vickers, Director, Mobile Dental Program
Steve Vickers joined Medical Teams International in August 2007 as Director of the Mobile Dental Program. Steve has 25 years of marketing and general management experience in the high tech industry, a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, and a MS degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.
He adds that he goes to the dentist faithfully twice a year.