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Dental Hospital Project

Dental Hospital Project

Dental Hospital Project

In a city based dental elective placement, you will be working under the direct supervision of a team of dentists who are associated with our partner dental hospital in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Our dental placement in Nepal are based at a busy dental hospital and local dentist practices in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara cities. The local practices are very similar to those you probably visit at home but the main difference will be the level of sophistication of the tools they use. Like your dental practice at home, the clinics are usually divided into general dentistry (check-ups, fillings, extractions etc) orthodontics, & prosthodontics  and you will have the opportunity to gain experience in both areas. Often, the supervisors of our rural dental projects also teach at the local dental school so during placement time, Pre-university students will also be given the opportunity to accompany him/her to lectures during the day along with the elective students.

ACTIVITIES UNDER DENTAL OUTREACH ELECTIVES PLACEMENT:

AGP – Dental Outreach provides volunteers with the opportunity to shadow dental professionals and assist them in procedures such as extractions, cleanings, fillings, radiography, and sealants. In the clinics, volunteers will perform basic triage, assist the dentists, and manage the pharmacy, as well conduct oral hygiene instruction classes in elementary school during school visit at the end of the placement. All volunteer work is under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

Shadowing a Dentist

Volunteers sit right next to the dentist and assist as he or she diagnoses conditions, performs procedures and discusses follow-up treatment. Volunteers will have countless opportunities to ask questions and learn as much as they would like.

Patient History & Measure Vital Statistics

Volunteers meet patients as they come into clinic, take their personal medical and dental history and record their current appointment specifics. They learn how to measure  blood pressure readings and analyze blood sugar levels. Volunteers will learn these skills and then apply them under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.

Sterilization and tray Preparation

Volunteers learn and apply the proper techniques for sterilizing different instruments post-procedure. Volunteers also learn about the instruments used for each procedure, and prepare the instrument trays for the dentists.

Education Day

Towards the end of the hospital placement, the hospital team along with the volunteer will travel to a local school and teach children the importance of hygiene, dental health, hand washing, nutrition or another subject the team decides to teach. Ideally teams will bring something to distribute to the children such as toothbrushes and fluoride tooth pastes.

In the hospitals you will have the opportunity to work with more varied cases. Just like the smaller clinics, you will routinely be involved with dental cavities, filling decayed teeth with dental restorative materials, etc, but you can also have the opportunity to experience oral and maxillofacial surgery under a watchful eye of your supervisor. This includes:

The care of emergency patients with maxillofacial injuries

Pediatric dentistry

Straightening teeth and modification of midface and mandibular growths

Restorative dentistry work

Root canal therapy

Cosmetic dentistry

Surgery for impacted wisdom teeth,

The removal of cysts on the jaw, benign small tumors etc.

To apply for this placement, click on “Apply Now” below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn’t cost a penny and you won’t pay anything until you’re completely happy and you’re ready to reserve your place.

Program features

  • Immersive hospital shadowing
  • Ethical, Not for profit program model
  • 24/7 support from expert mentors
  • Access to all specialty departments
  • Travel and accident insurance
  • Global health education programs
  • Recognized credential
  • Graduate school admission support
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