Medical Teams International
Friday, April 9, 2010
9 am – 12 pm
Recommended for: Entire Dental Team
3 CE Credits
Medical Teams International: At Home and Abroad
This session is presented by staff and volunteers of Medical Teams International (MTI), formerly Northwest Medical teams, to share the mission and logistics of volunteering with MTI. 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 throughout Oregon
- Know about opportunities to participate in international projects through MTI
- 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 DMD in 1960 from the University of Oregon Dental School. He has provided volunteer dental work with MTI since 1998 and has completed 7 volunteer trips to Cambodia.
Dr. Susan Rustvold received her DMD from OHSU and an MS in counselor education from Portland State University. 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 in Guatemala, China and Indonesia, and has worked with MTI in the Mobile Dental Program since 2004.
Mr. 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.