25 May 2017
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Electives: Work The World.

Electives: Work The World.

Below are the placements that are offered by Work The World, a very experience organisation with placements in Africa, Asia and South America. They have recently posted their top tips for planning your elective on TeethGeek.com!

Kandy, Sri Lanka


Your dental elective is a fantastic opportunity to travel the world, making the most of the time you have available to by using and developing skills alongside professional dentists.

Although dental treatment is free in Sri Lanka, poor infrastructure and travelling costs prevent many people from getting checkups until they are in some kind of pain. Work the World offer the opportunity to work in the largest teaching hospital in the region, which will give you great firsthand experience in a range of advanced pathologies and disease. You will also gain experience in cleft palate extractions, infections, maxillo facial surgery, orthodontics and oral cancer. For those that are proactive, there is also scope to assist in minor and extensive major surgeries.

 “The surgery consultant Dr. Abeyrathne and her residents allowed me to observe and assist a variety of procedures including extensive head and neck cancer resections and facial reconstructions. As the hospital is one of the largest government funded facilities in Sri Lanka, they also receive infant cleft lip and palate cases from all around the central region of the country” Jason Wong

Work the World provides safe, structured placements tailored to individual needs. Meals and accommodation are included, as well as pre-departure support and 24/7 staff in country. Read more about Work the World Sri Lanka placements.

Pokhara, Nepal

Your dental elective is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills alongside professional dentists, learn more about advanced pathologies and understand more about global health.

Work the World has two contrasting dental placements in Nepal. The first is in the largest privately run medical institution in the area. It has a busy dental outpatients department that provides a range of treatments, including oral surgery, and there is scope to work with severe decay and advanced disease.

During the summer months there is also opportunity to join our Dental Outreach Teams.
Every year we travel to rural villages with limited access to dental care, setting up temporary clinics to screen and treat the local community for free. Students will work under the supervision of a professional Nepalese dentist, but the focus is on them carrying out as much of the clinical work as possible. This is a great opportunity to live amongst a village community and get a true idea of what rural populations understand about dental healthcare.

 ”One of my most memorable days of the project was going around the village with a handful of mirrors, screening the locals who hadn’t had chance to visit the clinic at the school yet. We knocked on doors and I remember being surprised by the amount of people that came out of the small house. Everyone was keen to see us and get their teeth checked and we told anyone who needed treatment to come to the clinic in the next few days, which most of them did.” Kerry Bargelli

Work the World provides safe, structured placements tailored to individual needs. Meals and accommodation are included, as well as pre-departure support and 24/7 staff in country. Read more about Work the World Nepal placements here, or follow the link for information on the next Dental Outreach Project.

Takoradi, Ghana

Taking your dentistry elective in a developing country provides a fantastic firsthand introduction to oral health issues around the world. It is a chance to learn from professionals in another country and to develop both personally and professionally from your experiences.

Work the World offer great opportunities in Ghana, working in the largest hospital in the region. People are referred here from many miles away and there is scope for a wide range of work in the busy dental unit. Relatively well equipped and fairly fast paced for Ghana, placements here offer everything from scaling to maxillofacial and orthodontic surgery to restorative dentistry.

Work the World provides safe, structured placements tailored to individual needs. Meals and accommodation are included, as well as pre-departure support and 24/7 staff in country. Read more about Work the World Ghana placements.

Arusha and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Your dental elective is a fantastic opportunity to travel the world, making the most of the time you have available to by using and developing skills alongside professional dentists.

Many Tanzanians suffer from dental fluorosis due to contaminated water and diet, so working with severe decay and advanced disease is inevitable. We offer placements in three destinations around the country, offering a broad scope of opportunities depending on what you want to specialise in.

Arusha has a large government hospital as well as a church-funded dental clinic. Between the two they offer a range of services including fillings, minor and major surgeries and root canal treatment. Students can also get involved in scalings, amalgam and composite restorations and veneers, as well as extractions.

 ”The dental work was basic with no water, suction and occasional power cuts, but we still managed to do extractions, temporary fillings and even some composite restorations! You would also get very good at taking radiographs with the ‘bisecting angle’ technique.” Pritesh Narsinh

Dar es Salaam offers larger tertiary referral hospitals, which include more opportunity for orthodontic surgery and restorations. They also provide the chance to work in more specialist areas such as oral surgery, oral pathology and medicine, as well as preventative and community dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontology and cariology.

 “During my time in the hospital I had the opportunity to carry out numerous extractions, observe biopsies, participate in consultant clinics and attend the ward rounds and theatre operations. I enjoyed ward rounds and theatre the most as I came across so much pathology I had only ever seen in textbooks back in the UK” Amina Bajwa

Work the World provides safe, structured placements tailored to individual needs. Meals and accommodation are included, as well as pre-departure support and 24/7 staff in country. Read more about Work the World Arusha and Dar es Salaam placements.

Mendoza, Argentina

Travelling overseas for a dental elective is a fantastic opportunity to see the world whilst learning more about oral health in developing countries. It is a chance to learn new skills that will help your development both personally and professionally.

Many people are surprised to hear that Argentina suffers from severely under-resourced hospitals, but as with all healthcare options – everything is based on patient insurance. Private clinics offer a great range of treatments but for those with no cover, the options and facilities are vastly reduced. It helps to have a basic level of Spanish, something we can help you with, but for those interesting in learning more about the enormous diversity of patient care, Argentina is a great option.

Work the World offer placements in the large Government hospital, which looks after a huge cross section of society, particularly those with no state or private insurance. The dentistry department is huge and although fairly basic, covers everything from fillings and scaling to maxillofacial surgery, implants and veneers. There is also an option to work within the university teaching hospital, which provides general dentistry as well as Paedodontics, Oral Surgery, Emergency, Dentistry for the Disabled, Gerodontics and orofacial paroxysmal pain relief. Students undertaking placements here will work alongside Argentinean student dentists and will undoubtedly see a wide range of cases and treatments – especially rare and critical conditions.

Work the World provides safe, structured placements tailored to individual needs. Meals and accommodation are included, as well as pre-departure support and 24/7 staff in country. Read more about Work the World Argentina placements