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Motivation

Henshaw says that's an attitude her students return
from trips with. "Our students come back talking about
the amazing gratitude of the people they see and treat," she
says. "It's unlike anything they experience here, where it's a
right to have medical care. There, it isn't. It's inaccessible."
She's spent some time abroad training healthcare professionals in Central America to do things such as apply
varnishes that help protect children's teeth, bearing in
mind that not all of them even have access to something
as simple as a toothbrush.
"We are working with ministries of health to integrate
varnish into pediatric visits," she says. "We're training physicians and nurses how to do those things."
She, too, says students are clamoring for international
education and experiences. "It's student driven," she says.
"Students come here asking for this and demanding it as
part of their educational experience. I'm not sure many

In Ecuador, one
Mount Ida College
student dressed as
a tooth fairy and
gave children mini
tooth necklaces
and stickers.
Students used
the tooth fairy
costume to attract
the attention of
the children when
teaching correct
oral hygiene. The
tooth fairy also
served as a great
visual aid to allow
children to feel
comfortable and
have fun.

Mount Ida College
students visited
a local school in
Quito, Ecuador.
They brought
puppets with teeth
as visual aids. The
children loved
the puppets and
all individually
demonstrated
correct brushing on
the puppets.

JESSICA FOGG

"This is definitely a growing area," says Shick. "Most dental
schools have some kind of global health component in the
curriculum. Everyone does it a different way."
Part of the reason for that, experts say, is that students
are demanding some kind of international experience as
part of their educations. It is, they say, a generational issue.
"The new generation we're teaching is very global,"
Shick says. "They're really connected. They've traveled
more as undergraduate students than my generation did.
They have a global mindset." She says dentistry is following
in the footsteps of medical education-and rightfully so.
Karen West, dean of the School of Dental Medicine at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, agrees. "Think about the
Internet," she says. "I just got back from visiting Russia where
my daughter is studying in St. Petersburg. We talk every day
thanks to texting. With this generation, there aren't any barriers. There are no walls for travel or experiences or anything."
UNLV has hosted several dental faculty from China for
six- to 10-week visits and is in the process of setting up a
system to send its students to that country in exchange.
The school has adopted a strong commitment to service,
and West says that was quite intentional.
"I like to say that our students get a good academic
education here and learn to provide excellent clinical care,
but they also graduate with a service orientation and a
professional approach to dental care," she says. "I want
them, when they graduate, to become leaders in the dental
profession and in giving back to their communities. I want
them to graduate with this mentality that they might not
have had coming in."

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