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, UBC Dentistry 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 2018, dental hygiene students Shivalika Katyal (BDSc 2019) and Leanne Lee (BDSc 2019), dental students Stephanie Bortolussi (DMD 2019) and Brian Lee (DMD 2019), and graduate endodontics student Parisa Farmand (MSc Dip.Endo) will participate in the volunteer student rotation along with faculty leaders Sherry Priebe (MSc 2009, BDSc (DH) 2003) and Dr. Jeff Coil (DMD, MSD, PhD, FRCD(C), FADI, FACD). Please consider making your gift today!