For Dental and Medical Professionals
1. Submission of Professional Documents
DENTAL AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS:
To participate in a Smiles for Central America expedition, all medical and dental professionals are required to submit the following credentials at the time of registration:
Digital copies of your:
- current professional license
- fill out a brief online curriculum vitae (a brief resume)
Please have digital files of the first three documents ready to submit when you fill out your online registration. You will be prompted to upload the documents within the registration form, as well as fill out the online CV.
If you have submitted your passport and diploma for trips in 2010 or later, we still have your documents on file and you do not need to resubmit them.
However, you will need to submit a copy of your current professional license, as well as fill out the online CV. If your passport has expired since your last expedition, please submit a copy of your new one. Your registration will not be complete until all documents are received.
All dental and medical professionals should also have photocopies of these documents with them while on the expedition.
2. Obtaining Permission to Practice in Central America
Dental professionals are required to obtain a temporary license to practice in each country in Central America. All dental professionals will need to do this, as you cannot practice without it. We will use your professional documents to apply for the license, and we will apply as a group. To ensure that we are able to obtain your special license, please submit your documents at the time of registration. No other special forms or documentation are needed.
Please be aware that medical professionals will only be authorized to perform examinations, and will not be licensed to provide treatment.
3. Obtaining Permission to Bring Dental and Medical Equipment into the Country
We must also obtain permission from the government for you to bring your equipment, supplies, and medicines into the country and through the airport duty-free.
To do this, you will need to submit a detailed inventory list of the drugs, anesthetics, supplies, instruments, and equipment you will be bringing into the country. This must be submitted to the government several weeks before we arrive.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU: After you have submitted your registration, we will send you a form where you will list the drugs, anesthetics, instruments, supplies, and equipment you will bring. Please fill in the quantities, lot numbers, expiration dates, and dollar values of each. Please submit the completed form by September 15.
Submission of this list will enable you to pass through customs. If you do not submit the list, or if you bring items you have not listed, your equipment may be confiscated and/or you may be taxed before you can enter the country.
Please pay special attention to expiration dates of medications. Those dates must have at least 6 months remaining before the expiration date when you enter the country.
IMPORTANT: In the past, you may have asked us to use an inventory list from a past trip. We will no longer be able to do this. You will need to submit your own list in the online form. It might be helpful for you to print a copy for your own use on future trips.
We realize that many of you receive donations of medications or must order them especially for the trip. Please get them ordered immediately and send the information in as soon as possible so we can declare them with customs. Thank you for your support!