Pacific Clinical Research Foundation aka Smiles International Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Philanthropy

Location: 7668 El Camino Real #104-502 Carlsbad CA 92009 USA

Mission: Mission Statement: "Providing Excellence in Education and Charitable Surgical Care".Historically, the Pacific Clinical Research Foundation was founded by Dr Moses in order to provide clinical research and education of his advanced maxillofacial surgical techniques and to develop "outcome-based results" publications which significantly changed patient management and insurance reimbursments. Monies generated by symposiums and consultations were channeled into charitable mission clinics as well as international fellowships and education. Dr. Moses began mission startup clinics and has worked with Rotary International, helping on the initial founding mission for project Thousand Smiles Foundation which was formed in order to allow the most direct, efficient and cost-effective benefits for the children afflicted with dento-facial cleft and craniofacial deformities located in the region of Ensenada, Mexico. It continued this alliance through Dr Moses for over 20 years while PCRF continued with it''s mission goals and initiated the start up clinics located in several other sites for the benefit of other organizations as well as adding to those hosted by TSF. The other organizations include IMA,International Medical Alliance, Flying Samaritans,and Variety Children''s Lifeline, and recently, the Smiles Train.
Results: Numberous Cleft surgical clinics have provided hundreds of children with free dental and facial surgical restoration. A new clinic in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has been added to our ever-growing-group of ongoing cinics.
Target demographics: Facially deformed children and young adults without financial means of surgical and dental assistance in developing nations. Also helping hospitals cleto gain clean water processing and procurement.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Several hundred persons
Geographic areas served: Mexico, Central America, India, Ukraine, Africa
Programs: Major operating programs, size and benficiaries include the following:1.Location and provision of underpriviledged children's Cranio-Facial Deformity Surgical Corrections and associated needs as well as affilitated orphanage needs within the regions of Mexico ,Costa Rica, Panama,and in Dnepropetrovsk,Ukraine. Assisting volunteer selection for IMA clinics in Ecuador.2.Educational Grants, Surgical and Research Fellowships providing foreign and national post-doctoral candidates the experience and education in advancements of academic and clinical maxillofacial surgical and dental care. 3.National and International Symposiums providing Category I certified continuing education units in clinical advancements for mission care as well as philanthropic foundation support strategies. Size: 30-200 participants. Beneficiaries: Underserved children with cleft and craniofacial deformities and their clinician service providers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Doctor Moses on many missions and am very proud of the work we do! We change lives of children and the families around them. As a nurse, in a non acute profession, this has been a way to use my skills and partipcate in a mission that is very satisfying.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ukraine; Tecate, Mexico; Ensenada, Mexico; Juarez, Mexico

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Wish I had more time to help with fundraising!

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2 people found this review helpful

AS a registered nurse, I have participated many times in the Tecate, Mexico clinic, I have made several trips on the Ukraine trips, and was on the India trip in December 2010. We have come to these clinics with all of our supplies - 10-20 luggage bags - to provide a safe surgical operating room environment, a safe recovery post-op, and to provide the needed pre/post instructions. All of our supplies are brought with us to these clinics by the medical/nursing team as free donations from our own professional contacts here in the USA. Without these surgeries, many of these children would never be employed, gain an education, have the ability to speak clearly, and for the girls, to have any life at all short of death at an early early age.
WE are able to provide hope for a rpoductive live for these children's future. We would not be able to do this without the support of the free medical supplies we receive. We are very thankful.

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On the return trips to the Ukraine and to the Tecate clinic, we seethe children with "staged" surgical procedures. The health and growth of the child is outstanding. The ability to also teach with the country's support staff is always encouraging when what we have taught is in place when we return. The eagerness of the staff and families to see us return is well worth the time/energy to make the trip.

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I am sometimes asked why I don't volunteer here in the USA. I always explain that there are few of these cases, and when they appear at birth - cleft lip/palate - they are always surgically repaired within 18months of birth. The difference between what is done here and what is available in other countries is not so readily known by non-medical people. It might be nice to explain this in the campaigns and newsprint.

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1 person found this review helpful

I have participated in two missions with SIF and been rewarded with life enriching experiences. The missions have been well run, with efficient use of resources and volunteer time. Monies donated to SIF go directly toward patient care. I have been on multiple trips with several different mission groups and found SIF missions to be particularly focused and efficient.
One of the aspects that I have found particularly rewarding is that there is generally follow-up with previous patients and ongoing evaluation of patients, when feasible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ukraine and India

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Nothing.

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3 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered with many surgical mission groups, and this is by far my favorite. It is well organized, has a focused mission, and donations go directly to patient care. They do as much as possible with every donation - nothing is wasted. Most importantly - they don't just fly in, create chaos, and leave the locals to "figure things out" (like many well-meaning groups do), but rather spend a lot of time with the locals so they can take care of their own over time.

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In speaking with the families and children that have been helped by this organization - their appreciation cannot be expressed with words.

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Give them more money/ time!! This team is incredible.

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2 people found this review helpful

Dr Moses and his team have built a wonderful organization. I have been fortunate to participate in some of their projects. Their missions are multiple and worldwide but have one thing in common--an aim to provide selfless service to humanity.

Dr. Moses and his team of carefully selected volunteers travel thousands of miles various times a year to perform free consultations and charitable surgical treatment to hundreds of patients. They also donate medical and surgical instrumentation to needy hospitals and clinics. What is most admirable is the professional manner in which they conduct their daily activities. This organization commands the utmost respect from the local population at every location they visit and have endless appreciation from the parents and families of the thousands of children they have and continue to heal.

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I have met with the families of many patients they have helped. I have personally evlauted many existing and future patients myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Longitudinal medical and surgical care and follow-up

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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