Contrary to the notion that sequels are usually worse, this trip was more rewarding than the first time!
From its humanitarian purpose, to mentoring dental students, to even increasing my own confidence and skills, this trip left me wanting more.
As one of 7 dentists who supervised 30+ UCSF primarily 3rd and 4th year dental students, along with 2 hygienists and other auxiliary staff from across the United States, we provided dental education, cleanings, fillings, and extractions to 3 underserved outlying communities around Negril, Jamaica. “Thank You!” to Great Shape, Inc.’s 1000 Smiles Project for giving us the opportunity to participate, to the Sandals Foundation for their generous support with food and lodging, to the Henry Schein Cares program for their donations of oral hygiene kits and other dental supplies, and finally to the dental students, Jenny Neglerio and Alain Flores, for organizing the UCSF Dental Team.
Although our time there was short, we all hoped that the care and memories left with the peoples would last a lifetime.