sherry priebe in vietnam

Vietnam Learning Experience


Discussing the xrays of an oral cancer case at the Oncology Hospital, HCMCIty with Dr. Hoang

Discussing the xrays of an oral cancer case at the Oncology Hospital,
Ho Chi Minh City with Dr. Hoang

Visiting Vietnam is a life-changing experience.

Prepare to be forever transformed by the incredible warmth of the people and the deep connection with family. Witness the raw contrast between the glitz of the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and the harsh, raw reality of lives impacted by oral cancer.

The Vietnamese experience alarming rates of oral cancer due to lifestyle risk factors. Hospitals have no frills of modern society and are often without air conditioning. Patients share a bed. Families bring food and care for their loved ones. You will meet and see in action the dedicated oncologists that give their lives and hearts to the care of their patients.

Oral health professionals’ understanding of unique risks associated with cultural and social oral habits (ie, chewing betel nut, smoking, alcohol abuse) provides an opportunity for us to help patients alleviate adverse effects on their overall health.

In this in-depth learning experience, dental professionals and students will interact with patients and their doctors.

Learn about the social determinants that hinder the patient and their care. We will visit orphanages and provide basic oral healthcare for these little ones who are affected by Agent Orange, which is still a major contributor to birth defects today.

See first-hand how these health issues deeply affect the lives of the Vietnamese and gain greater confidence in recognizing the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and the care of our patients. In the process, we also gain a greater compassion for people and deepen our passion for global oral health.

sherry priebe in vietnam for oral health advocacy

Oral Health care at the Thien Phuoc (Agent Orange) Orphanage
in Ho Chi Minh CIty, Vietnam



The work of the oral health provider is more important than ever due to global trends and the alarming rise in oral cancer incidence rates.

Oral health professionals are in the best position to notice mucosal changes that may be pre-cancerous or cancerous and make the patient aware of them. Those discoveries may save patients’ lives.



Discussing the xrays of an oral cancer case at the Oncology Hospital, HCMCIty with Dr. Hoang

Doing Research with Doctors and patient at the Oncology Hospital, HCM City, VN

At Ben Thanh Market buying Betel Nut

At Ben Thanh Market buying Betel Nut

Oral Health care at the Thien Phuoc (Agent Orange) Orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Oral Health care at the Thien Phuoc (Agent Orange) Orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Using the Velscope as an adjunct of oral cancer screening, National Hospital, UBC Oral Health Research Centre, HCMCIty, VN

Using the Velscope as an adjunct of oral cancer screening, National Hospital, UBC Oral Health Research Centre, HCM City, VN

Looking at an oral cancer case at the Oncology Hospital with Dr. Hoang

Meeting with Dr. Tuong at the Oncology Hosptial in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Looking at an oral cancer case at the Oncology Hospital with Dr. Hoang

Looking at an oral cancer case at the Oncology Hospital with Dr. Hoang

Gathering research at the National Hospital, HCMCity, VN

Gathering research at the National Hospital, HCMCity, VN

Meeting with Dr. Huy and Dr. Hoang at the Oncology Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Meeting with Dr. Huy and Dr. Hoang at the Oncology Hospital in Ho Chi MInh City, Vietnam

Areca Nut tree used in Betel Nut

Areca Nut tree used in Betel Nut

Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the floor of the mouth, Oncology Hospital, HCMCity, VN

Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the floor of the mouth, Oncology Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, VN

On rounds with the Oncologist at the Men's ward in the Oncology Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

On rounds with the Oncologist at the Men’s ward in the Oncology Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Oral health care at St. Francis Shelter, HCMCIty, Vietnam

Oral health care at St. Francis Shelter, HCM City, Vietnam

Oral Cancer Oncology Hospital, HCMCIty, VN

Oral Cancer Oncology Hospital, HCMCIty, VN

Oral Health care at the Thien Phuoc (Agent Orange) Orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Oral Health care at the Thien Phuoc (Agent Orange) Orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Watching surgery of oral cancer at the Oncology Hospital, HCMCIty, VN

Watching surgery of oral cancer at the Oncology Hospital, HCM City, VN

Presenting with translator Dr. Huy at the Dental Hygiene Department of the University of Odonto-Stomatology, HCMCity, VN

Presenting with translator Dr. Huy at the Dental Hygiene Department of the University of Odonto-Stomatology, HCM City, VN