Medical Teams International

 Medical Teams International

Medical Teams International

Friday, April 8, 2011
9 am – 12 pm
Recommended for: Entire Dental Team
ODA Course
3 CE Credits
 
 
 
 
Medical Teams International: At Home and Abroad

This session is presented by volunteers and staff of Medical Teams International (formerly Northwest Medical Teams) to describe the unmet need and logistics of volunteering as a dental professional both at home and abroad. Medical Teams International implements and supports programs that address the causes and effects of inadequate health care, particularly among populations affected by disaster, conflict, and poverty.

Medical Teams International meets peoples’ needs through humanitarian aid and disaster relief regardless of their race, gender, or religion. Programs include training and education to build the capability and capacity of partners, volunteers, staff, and people served in order to produce sustainable change. Medical Teams International’s philosophical approach is holistic and seeks to address the wellness of the whole person—a physical, social, mental, and spiritual being.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will:

  • Comprehend the similarities, differences, and scope of unmet dental needs at home and abroad,
  • Know how to apply their dental skills in volunteer settings to help address those unmet needs,
  • Understand the steps required to begin volunteering and the types of equipment, supplies, and logistical support provided by Medical Teams International, and
  • Be motivated to use their skills and abilities to make a difference in the lives of the dentally underserved 

Speakers (Listed in Alphabetical Order):
 
Dr. Dale Canfield is a 1960 graduate of OHSU School of Dentistry with a long history of volunteerism both here and abroad. He works one day each month on the dental van with MTI and has lead seven dental teams with them to Cambodia. Most recently he is a volunteer and board member of The Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic. For almost thirty years, he and Doug Horton, CDT, have been collaborating to produce fine quality all ceramic restorations for both anterior and posterior applications. For the last sixteen months, Dr. Canfield has been submitting almost all clinical records to the lab via e-mail, without traditional impressions or bites. The results have been outstanding!
 
Ms. Hannah Meredith began her dental career in 1973 as a dental assistant. She moved to Portland twenty years ago when her husband, Mike, who joined the faculty at OHSU School of Dentistry, and she graduated from Portland Community College with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene in 1992. Hannah has worked as a research assistant at OHSU, a hygiene examiner for WREB, and as a hygienist for wonderful general practitioners, prosthedontists, periodontists, and endodontists in private practice. She has served with Medical Teams International on the Mobile Dental vans since 2007and is currently a member of Medical Teams’ Dental Advisory Board.
 
Dr. Susan Rustvold 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 Medical Teams’ Mobile Dental vans in the Portland area since 2004, completed her first international dental trip to Indonesia a year ago, and is currently a member of Medical Teams’ Dental Advisory Board. 
 
Mr. Stephan Vickers is Director of the Mobile Dental Program for Medical Teams International. Prior to joining Medical Teams International in 2007, Steve worked 25 years in engineering, marketing, and general management roles in the high tech industry. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and a MS degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern. He adds that he goes to the dentist faithfully twice a year.