Global Initiative for Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) GIVE provides reimbursement for up to $2,500 in documented travel expenses to residents serving with experienced OMS teams to deliver humanitarian healthcare to communities in need.
In compliance with CODA recommendations against non-essential international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the OMS Foundation has put its Global Initiative for Volunteerism and Education program on “pause” for now. We apologize for the disappointments this has caused, and look forward to the time when we can safely offer this unique opportunity to OMS residents seeking to advance their clinical skills while serving communities in need.
Eligibility & Requirements
- A minimum of 24 months of OMS residency training.
- Acceptance to an OMS Foundation-approved volunteer surgical program.
- A collaborative, team-centered work ethic and a compassionate world view.
Volunteer Surgical Programs with:
- OMS-related activity as a primary focus.
- An OMS serving as the director of the program or as a prominent member of the team.
- Approval from the OMS Foundation.
Applications are accepted year-round. Please contact Amanda at email@example.com for further information.
To directly impact the lives of these children was the most meaningful aspect of this experience. When the parents saw their children after surgery, their positive reactions and facial expressions transcended any language barrier between providers and patients.
- Dr. Jessica Lee
Connecting to something greater than yourself is key to living a meaningful life. GIVE offers residents an opportunity to experience this type of connection through education and service in parts of the world that are less familiar, leading to personal growth and lasting memories.
- Louis Rafetto, DMD, OMS Foundation Director
Support innovative research, education opportunities for residents!
- Provide financial assistance to OMS residents to travel internationally with approved programs to deliver humanitarian healthcare to underserved populations.
- Provide training and experience in areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery that residents may nottraditionally receive in their program.
- Provide initial exposure to the rewards associated with providing healthcare to underserved area of the world.
- Applicants must have a minimum of 24 months of OMS residency training.
- Applicants must have previously been accepted by an OMS Foundation-approved volunteer surgical program.
- Applicants must provide a complete, computer-generated application as well as a letter of recommendation from a program director.
- Ten (10) stipends will be granted annually.
- The maximum disbursement for each award will be $2,500.
- Application must be received at least two weeks in advance of scheduled travel.
- The stipend will be provided as a reimbursement for expenses up to $2,500. Disbursements will be issued upon receipt of the required reimbursement form and accompanying receipts upon conclusion of the international travel; with proper receipts, the resident may request up to $1,000 prior to the trip to assist in paying for such expenses as airfare and/or medical evacuation insurance.
- Reimbursement for expenses originating from the program in question are limited to $500 unless a breakdown of expenses for the resident is provided.
- A completed IRS W-9 Form must be provided before any expense reimbursements can be processed (reimbursement of applicable travel costs will not be taxable).
- Stipends are non-transferable.
- Applications will be accepted throughout each calendar year on a rolling basis and will be submitted to the Committee for review as they are received.
- Notifications for awards are sent out as decisions are made within a two week time period.
- Individuals that do not receive initial approval are placed on a waitlist and may become eligible for the stipend should circumstances change.
- Selection to receive this stipend is based on the sole discretion of the Committee on Humanitarian Programs of the OMS Foundation and the criteria determined by said Committee.
- All eligible applications will be reviewed and approved/not approved based on the award criteria.