Whether volunteering their surgical skills in the US or in underserved communities around the world, oral and maxillofacial surgeons play an important and active role in surgical healthcare missions. To honour this spirit of volunteerism, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation have partnered to create the Global Outreach Programme, which provides grants to support OMSs who work to save the faces and lives of vulnerable patients worldwide.
Now on its second year, the programme provides four $2,500 cash grants to help offset the expenses of four oral and maxillofacial surgeons planning to volunteer on a US or international healthcare mission. In addition, recipients will be able to select up to $2,000 in products from the Henry Schein catalog for use during their mission.
Applications for the programme will be accepted through August 5, 2016. Selected recipients will be notified on September 20, 2016. For more information, including rules, applications and timeline, please visit http://www.aaoms.org/GlobalOutreach.
“Oral pathology and disease are not confined by national borders or prosperity,” said AAOMS President Dr. Lou Rafetto. “Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are among the first to volunteer their surgical skills on dental and medical missions that treat indigent and underserved patients around the world. The AAOMS – Henry Schein Cares Foundation Global Outreach Programme recognises their important contributions to the health and welfare of patients around the globe. We are proud to work with an organisation that shares our commitment to surgically treating the faces, mouths and jaws of patients in need.”
“The work performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons is nothing less than life-changing, and it is incredibly rewarding to be able to support their efforts to treat our society’s most vulnerable patients,” said Steven W. Kess, President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. “The Henry Schein Cares Foundation is dedicated to ‘helping health happen’ by supporting practitioners who give their time and talent to helping our society’s most vulnerable patients, and we look forward to continuing that support with this year’s grant recipients.”
The AAOMS thanks the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for recognising and supporting the efforts of oral and maxillofacial surgeons who give back to the community. – American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons