Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Describe the reasons/purposes for a mission trip.
  • Identify steps in preparing for an oral healthcare mission.
    • Identify and discuss cultural differences.
    • Identify the types and numbers of tasks that can be accomplished and those that cannot.
    • Match personal and local resources with perceived needs.
    • List the routine immunizations necessary, special considerations and steps to prepare for emergencies.
  • Design infection prevention strategies used in less than optimal conditions that ensure both patient and practitioner safety and health.
  • Develop checklists that support the design, application and review of clinical procedures.
  • Create a methodology to debrief returning participants and objectively evaluate the entire mission trip.