Oklahoma City-area dental and eye professionals needed as volunteers for free health care event

Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event in August at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park and is seeking dental and eye professionals, including dentists and optometrists, who will volunteer their time to serve hundreds of Oklahomans in need of medical care.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: June 21, 2014

For some, a free pair of glasses means seeing a grandchild’s face for the first time.

Or it can mean having a driver’s license reinstated, which leads to a better job.

These are the types of stories Tres Savage has heard over the years at the annual free medical care event sponsored by Remote Area Medical Oklahoma.

“For the 1,500 or 1,600 people that we’ll probably see, this event will provide them with life-changing care,” said Savage, executive director of RAM Oklahoma. “For some, that will be being relieved from excruciating dental pain or having a tooth filled ... For others, it will be a new pair of glasses made on site.”

RAM Oklahoma will host this year’s event Aug. 16 and 17 at State Fair Park and is seeking dental and eye professionals, including dentists and optometrists, who will volunteer their time to serve hundreds of fellow Oklahomans.

RAM will bring its 50 mobile dental chairs and one of its mobile vision laboratories, plus other equipment, to make the event happen, Savage said.

At the event, patients can receive dental care, including cleanings, fillings or extractions. Vision services will include eye exams and a pair of glasses made on site, if prescribed. A limited number of mammograms and pap tests will be offered to women. General physicians will conduct physicals and run a limited number of lab tests, Savage said.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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How to help

Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants, optometirst, opthamologists and opticians can sign up to volunteer at the RAM Oklahoma event via www.ramok.org/volunteer. The event is scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 in Oklahoma City.

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