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Training & Education

Our global medical leadership teams design and deliver hands-on education programs to train thousands of local medical professionals, so they can provide treatment within their own communities and share their expertise. 

Training and education isn’t just something we do — It’s at the heart of everything we do. It happens on every engagement through the exchange of ideas among our medical specialists from diverse backgrounds with varied levels of expertise. Together we have the same goal: improve how surgical care is delivered while empowering local communities.”

- Dr. Ruben Ayala, Operation Smile Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, United States

 

73%

of medical professionals who volunteered with Operation Smile in 2015 were from low- and middle-income countries

Our medical leadership teams design and deliver hands-on education programs to train thousands of medical professionals, so they can become better health care workers and provide treatment within their own communities and share their expertise.

 

Volunteering with Operation Smile has helped me design new paradigms in speech interventions that are appropriate to my community. Volunteering has strengthened my belief that speech pathology is not just a profession but an opportunity to advocate for the inclusion of families, neighbors and peers in the surgical intervention process.”

- Fernando Ligot, Speech Pathologist, Philippines, Volunteer for 14 Years


I see different styles of skills which are not common in my country. I’ve become more confident and more capable.”

- Dr. Yemane Wondafrash, Anesthesiologist, Ethiopia, Volunteer for 5 Years


“You learn new techniques from more-experienced surgeons and you teach new procedures to the surgeons who are less experienced than you. All of this helps make you a better surgeon.”

- Dr. Mahmoud Bataineh, Plastic Surgeon, Jordan, Volunteer for 14 Years

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