Industry Supports DMD Students’ Travel to Southeast Asia

Priya Kandola
Aleem Kara
DMD 2014

May 23, 2014

The Henry Schein (BC) International Dental Outreach Fund gave Priya and Aleem the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia in April 2014 with their mentor, Dentistry clinical associate professor Dr. Anthony McCullagh.

In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, morning rotations consisted of observing oral surgery at the dental university and the cancer hospital. In the afternoons, the three provided dental work to HIV-positive children from an orphanage, many of them needing to have several procedures done. Aleem notes they learned from the local dentist that the goal in treating pediatric patients is to try and save as many teeth as possible.

In Siem Reap, Cambodia, their rotations were full days at the dental clinic at Angkor Hospital for Children. Due to poor dental awareness and lack of previous dental care, many of the children were scared and in distress from living with constant pain. “Providing a variety of treatment to these children was a very valuable educational experience, and it helped me develop my skills in different aspects of pediatric dentistry,” Priya says. “I will take everything that I learned from this elective with me into my future dental practice. And this experience has inspired me to continue to reach out to those in need in the future.”

Aleem says he was “able to increase his efficiency in treating pediatric patients and it was heartwarming to know these children now have an improved quality of life.”

Both Priya and Aleem are thankful for the experience provided by Henry Schein.