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Dental Outreach Program in Ontario Is Something to Smile About

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Les KalmanLes Kalman, D.D.S., Assistant Professor at the Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (Schulich Dentistry) in London, Ontario, is leading a volunteer-based program that provides free dentistry to those with challenging economic circumstances. Dental Outreach and Community Services (DOCS) is a massive collaborative effort with community-based resource centers, industry partners and volunteers. The outreach program is now a mandatory component of the fourth-year dental curriculum at Schulich Dentistry. Since its implementation in 2011, the program has served more than 1600 patients who otherwise would not have received dental care.

DOCS was established with the patient’s best interest in mind, providing the best possible treatment without judgement or prejudice. The program operates with a mobile dental clinic that travels to various communities. A unique reciprocal community-based learning outreach model brings students and volunteer staff into the community, then patients to the university. 

Dr. Kalman maintains the program’s outreach aspect to provide individuals needing care with accessibility and familiarity. Many residents in southwestern Ontario can smile again because of Dr. Kalman’s passion and dedication to patient-centered care. Dr. Kalman and the DOCS program are privileged to have the generous support from selfless volunteers.

Published on September 12, 2018

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