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2019 Sinclair Travel Fellowship to Vietnam

Each year, through the generosity of the Sinclair Dental Travel Fellowship, UBC Dentistry and Dental Hygiene students are supported to take part in a unique and transformative experience. This past December 2019, dental hygiene students Bianka Bernath (BDSc 2020), Ashley Chicote (BDSc 2020), Kristie Nguyen (BDSc 2020), and dental students Alia Mclure (DMD 2020) and Ralph Samaniego (DMD 2020) participated in the volunteer student rotation along with faculty leaders and UBC Dentistry alumna, Sherry Priebe (MSc 2009, BDSc (DH) 2003) and Vietnam-based alumnus Dr. Andrew Tsang (DMD 1997).

Here are what our students shared about their trip:

“The Sinclair Dental Travel Fellowship was a challenging, rewarding trip. It is always fascinating to explore a new country, but even more so to have our eyes opened to a place that still feels the aftershock of war to this day. Learning about oral cancer, treating underserved populations, and interacting with many locals made this a unique experience that I would recommend to other students!” said Raphael Samaniego, DMD 2020.

“I grew up listening and learning about how the Vietnam War affected my family and the Vietnamese people. To be able to see first hand the lasting impacts of war, and to be exposed to amazing learning opportunities and people… has left an indelible impression on me. It has brought me closer to my culture, and opened my eyes to global health disparities,” shared Kristie Nguyen, BDSc 2020.

We are thankful that our students are able to participate in these eye-opening international learning opportunities. Congratulations to our students and to the faculty on our commitment to global outreach and community oral health education!


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