My name is Dr. Jeff Jarvis and I am an orthodontic specialist who volunteered with Project HOPE in Vietnam. The experience was amazing, exhilarating, satisfying, and motivating. If you asked me my thoughts following my arrival after a long plane ride from Baltimore to Da Nang those words would not be leaving my mouth. However if you asked me my impression following my experience with the Project HOPE and the Pacific Partnership 2015 dental team, those are exactly my words.
Part of our mission included a two-day summit with East Meets West NGO and dental professionals from the region. The summit was well attended with over 200 dental professionals participating. Our mission was to provide training on advanced treatment techniques with the U.S. Military dental team. Dentists as far as Ho Chi Minh were in attendance.
In addition, the team also provided patient treatment. With the outstanding support from the Armed Forces of the U.S. Dental Corps and the East Meets West Dental Professionals, myself and fellow Project HOPE volunteers Dr. Coury Staadecker, periodontist from Newport Beach , CA and Brent Harris, orthodontist, were able to treat over 100 patients in just one clinical day.
I wish I could have stay longer! Maybe in the near future I will have another opportunity to volunteer my time. What an enriching experience! Thank you for the opportunity Project HOPE!