For those who are interested in attending our 2016 Jamaica Dental Outreach Program, here are some of the details we know at this time:
When are we going? Saturday, September 3, 2016 through to Monday September 12, 2016
Where are we going? Beaches Negril in Jamaica
How are we getting there? Maria Ines of Flight Centre is helping out again by putting together a group rate for our group to go down. Once we’re in Montego Bay, transportation will be provided by Sandals.
Cost: in addition to paying for your own airfare, you will need to pay a small project fee (to be determined; but last year it was USD$800). Everything else is taken care of for the 10 days we’re spending in Jamaica.
Supplies: you will be responsible for bringing down supplies (e.g. gloves, masks, bibs, etc.) and your own handpieces and tools if you wish, but we will try to make it easier this year.
WHO ELSE IS COMING? Our group will be comprised of about 45-50 people (bigger than last year), 10 of whom will likely be U.S. dental students from the University of Washington.
IMPORTANT: right now, we have a WAITING LIST of people wishing to come down. This includes dentists, dental students, hygienists, and support staff. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Volunteers will be selected based on need; in other words, if we NEED 10 dentists to be spread across our 3 or 4 clinics, then that will be our priority. We are hoping to start recruiting starting next month (February).
After the Winter Clinic, some of the members of our 2015 Jamaica Dental Outreach Program reunited at our DMC LLP after-party to take a pic. Not everyone was able to make it, but a good enough number of our volunteers were there. I cannot say enough good things about this amazing group of people. They are professional, friendly, and truly care about giving back to the impoverished people of Jamaica.
From left to right: Michael Carabash (me), Stefan Atalick, Dr. Samantha Amaro, Ljubica Durlovska, Dr. Nohora Martinez, Peter Chudak, Dr. Christina Bodea, Matt Bladowski, and Paris Carabash.
What a great group of amazing dentists, lawyers, and spouses, eh? I’m sure some of them will be returning when we head down to Jamaica next summer.
I’m pleased to announce that an article I wrote entitled “Mission Accomplished: 2015 Jamaica Dental Outreach Program” will be published in the October edition of Oral Health Office magazine! The article talks about how the program started over a year ago, what transpired for the 10 days that we were there, and what’s next! Stay tuned…
We are just a few weeks away from spearheading our first (of many) and annual Jamaica Dental Outreach program. It’s going to be hard work. It’s going to be rewarding. It’s going to be fun. And I am looking forward to it.
News Flash: we were able to secure thousands of dollars worth of dental supplies, generously donated by Henry Schein, Patterson and K-Dental for our worthy cause. And that giant shipment – 13 big Rubbermaid containers that Karen Ergus spent a number of days assembling, itemizing, and organizing – should be arriving in Florida by the end of this week. We have another 2 containers of anesthetics that are on their way to Jamaica as I write this. No easy task! The Fed Ex people in Canada were telling us one thing, while the Fed Ex people in the U.S. were telling us something different. Thank God Karen and Tiffany (over at Great Shape! Inc., the not for profit helping us to organize this initiative with the Sandals Foundation) were able to get through the bureaucratic red tape to get those much needed dental supplies down to Florida and (hopefully) on to our destination in Negril, Jamaica.
And here’s some more news: many dentists have approached me about coming down next year. They think it’s a wonderful initiative and they really want to get involved. But they only found out about it recently and they’re all booked up this summer (as so are we!). So I’m thinking, if we are successful (and we will be) this year when we come back in September, then we should have an even BIGGER group going down to Sandals / Beaches next year! My goal is to help organize dental outreach a couple of times each year so that Canadian dentists, hygienists, dental students and support staff can have a real and positive impact on the impoverished people of Jamaica.
Stay tuned… I’m sure there will be lots of stories, pictures, videos, etc. of our journey to Jamaica and back. We leave August 28th and return September 6.
Last week I announced that we had started to register participants in our 2015 Dental Outreach Program in Jamaica. I’ve just heard back from Papa Joe in Jamaica about some important details and deadlines:
DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING: END OF MARCH 2015
That’s right. You need to register with DMC LLP, Great Shape! Inc., and the Jamaica Ministry of Health. And you have until the end of this month to do so. What does registering entail? Basically, you need to:
Sounds like a lot, but really, you’re just reading some paperwork, inputting some information and signing off.
SUPPLIES AND INSTRUMENTS
Non-dental volunteers (e.g. spouses, lawyers, etc.) will be required to bring a box of gloves and 200 toothbrushes.
For dentists and dental hygienists, here’s what you need to know:
I will provide another update about shipping supplies down to Jamaica. Basically, shipping should all be done by June / July.
This is a subsidized “work-cation”. You won’t find prices like these anywhere else. You’re talking ten (10) days at a beautiful resort (e.g. Beaches Negril in Jamaica) with your accommodations, meals, and entertainment paid for. It’s the highest class of luxury vacations. And if you’re planning on doing dental outreach, the other programs will likely charge you a lot more and you won’t be with a big group at a Sandals / Beaches resort. Yes, there is a cost to coming down (airfare + $USD800), but it’s definitely worth it in terms of the experience you’ll be having and the people you’ll be helping and the relations you’ll be developing with others.
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