A student’s learning experience at dental school can be greatly enhanced by a good mentor. Fourth-year GSDM dental student Tim Smith recently encountered such a mentor on a mission trip to Rio San Juan, Nicaragua with the San Juan Rio Relief Organization. Dr. Chris Cannon and his brother Dr. Matt Cannon—both pediatric dentists from Iowa—have been organizing this annual mission trip for several years. Smith joined the mission this year with his fellow classmate and friend, Matt Kramer DMD 12, and Assistant Director of Extramural Programs Kathy Held.
Smith and Kramer were each paired with one of the Cannon brothers as the group, 19 volunteers in total, treated 519 dental patients. The students saw only children, but adults were seen by some of the Nicaraguan dentists who were part of the volunteer group. The students performed mainly extractions and employed the adequate restorative technique (also known as ART or “fujis”). The group tallied 511 extractions and 351 “fujis” successfully completed during the week-long trip.
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