Project:    ORAL HEALTH
Location: Craniofacial Center of Hospital Regional Docente Las Mercedes, Chiclayo, PERU
Contact:   Elysabeth Stuehrmann , Volunteer Placement Coordinator
[September 21, 2017]  - Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce the launch of a new oral health project at the Craniofacial Center of Hospital Regional Docente Las Mercedes in Chiclayo, Peru. Partnering with local providers, HVO volunteers will improve the quality of patient care in oral and maxillofacial surgery by providing education and training to the Craniofacial Center staff.
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HVO volunteers will work directly with staff at the Craniofacial Center to improve the quality and availability of patient care by providing clinical and didactic instruction to dental students, clinicians and faculty, as well as providing teaching and ongoing mentorship to faculty and staff. In addition to increasing knowledge and skills of local providers, HVO volunteers will assist in the development of a residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery, as well as the initiation of a cleft palate team. Ultimately, HVO volunteers will contribute to an improvement in the patient to oral surgeon ratio in Peru, increasing the number of physicians by enhancing education opportunities.

HVO's oral health program is supported by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the ADA Foundation .
Volunteers must be fully trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and hold a current license to practice. Board certification is desired. Clinical experience in cleft craniofacial, implant, trauma, or benign pathology is required. Residents will not be considered for this program. Retired volunteers are accepted. Assignments are 1-2 weeks.

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