B-8 Dental Outreach Programs (2010, revised 2011, 2012, 2021)

Policy Number: B-8

Policy Category: Dental Education Curriculum

For students, U.S. dental schools and predental programs that participate in a dental outreach program (e.g., international service trips, domestic service trips, volunteerism in underserved areas, etc.) it is strongly encouraged:

  1. To adhere to the ASDA Code of Ethics and the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct;
  2. To be directly supervised by dentists licensed to practice in the United States or by faculty at a U.S. CODA-accredited dental school;
  3. To perform only procedures for which the volunteer has received proper education and training;
  4. To work with administrations to determine if comparable clinical experiences may be applicable towards their school’s graduation requirements.