Philadelphia Biomedical Professionals To Lead International Training Program In Honduras

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Longtime Operation Smile volunteers and Philadelphia natives Dave Rosenberg and Chad Speers to train ten participants from eight countries in biomedical technology. Training will take place in Honduras.

As part of its 25th anniversary year, Operation Smile announced today that Philadelphians Chad Speers and Dave Rosenberg would be heading up the regional biomedical training program to be held in Honduras later this month. Operation Smile is a worldwide children's medical charity whose network of global volunteers is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults born with facial deformities.

The Honduras training program, which takes place January 24th-28th, is a major step toward reaching their goal of having one person trained in biomedical technology in each of their partner countries. This year, Operation Smile is supplying each of its partner countries with state-of-the-art medical equipment, therefore this biomedical training program is vital for each country to be capable to set-up, test and maintain the equipment before, during and after Operation Smile missions.

The biomedical training program, created by Rosenberg and Speers based on their work at Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, consists of classroom sessions coupled with hands-on training with equipment in a mock operating room. Trainees are required to participate and work alongside trainers on an Operation Smile medical mission to be mentored, observed, and properly evaluated. The program is part of Operation Smile's ongoing commitment to provide education and training to physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world to promote long-term self-sufficiency.

Ten participants from the eight member countries of Latin America - Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru - will be taking part in the training. In addition, five currently credentialed Operation Smile biomedical professionals will be part of the program, to prepare them to serve as trainers in the future for Operation Smile's Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East regions. These participants come from the Philippines, Ireland and South Africa.

To set up an interview with Dave Rosenberg and Chad Speers, please contact Brian Walton at 202.414.0793.

About Dave Rosenberg

Dave Rosenberg is a Clinical Engineer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dave has been with Thomas Jefferson for 25 years, and has served as an Operation Smile volunteer for the last 12 years. In that time, Dave has been on 20 Operation Smile missions in countries across the world, including Palestine, Brazil, Philippines, China, India, Jordan, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Ethiopia. Dave is the chair of the Operation Smile Biomedical Technician Medical Council.

About Chad Speers

Chad Speers is a Biomedical Specialist III at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Chad has been with Thomas Jefferson for 15 years, the last five of which have been spent at the Jefferson Hospital of Neuroscience. This is Chad's tenth year volunteering for Operation Smile, in which time he has volunteered on missions to Romania, Bucherest, Peteschi, Venezuela, the West Bank, China, Kenya, Brazil, India, Morocco, Bolivia and Ethiopia. Chad is the assistant chair of the Operation Smile Biomedical Technician Medical Council.

About Operation Smile (http://www.operationsmile.org/)

Founded in 1982, Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is a worldwide children's medical charity whose network of global volunteers are dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults. Since its founding, Operation Smile has treated more than 100,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. In addition to contributing free medical treatment, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its 25 partner countries and leaves behind crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency. Operation Smile will commemorate its 25th Anniversary with a year-long, multi-faceted series of initiatives to promote sustainability and capacity-building among its 25 mission countries. The year-long anniversary celebration will culminate in November 2007, with the World Journey of Smiles, 40 simultaneous missions in 25 countries, with a goal of providing new smiles and new lives for an estimated 5,000 children living with facial deformities.

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