The UBC Dentistry International Service Learning Program Fund provides a unique opportunity for global community service, enhanced experiential education and collaborative learning for UBC Dentistry students. By making a donation, you can support the next generation of oral health professionals to participate in a volunteer student elective to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Over the past decade, UBC Dentistry has developed strong partnerships with the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology, the Ho Chi Minh Oncological Hospital, the university and several community sites including schools and orphanages.
As part of the rotation, 4th year DMD and dental hygiene students develop an appreciation for health disparities in developing countries such as Vietnam by sharing information on preventative care, and research specific to cultural risk habits. Students are able to challenge their clinical and interprofessional skills outside the university environment and become global ambassadors to strengthen international partnerships. The international rotation is a platform for research initiatives through exposure to disease patterns outside North America. The knowledge exchange and sense of social responsibility gained from the experience further exemplifies UBC Dentistry’s commitment to global outreach and education.
In December 2017, dental hygiene students Yolanda Lan (DHDP 2018) and Rebecca Piccolo (DHDP 2018) will participate in the volunteer student rotation along with two DMD students, faculty leader Sherry Priebe (MSc 2009, BDSc (DH) 2003) and Professor Zul Kanji (MSc, Ed.D (c), RDH). Your support for this elective is essential to help sustain travel costs and accommodation. Please consider making your gift today!