2017 Cambodia – Teaching Mission to PKM Hospital – Phnom Penh

Current Status:  Host Hospital site confirmed.  Team recruitment completed.  Packing date set.  Team Pre-Mission Briefing date set.  Departure at YVR on February 17, 2017.

What are the dates of the trip?

February 17 to 22 includes travel to and from Cambodia.  Departure assembly point will be at Vancouver, Canada (YVR).

What is the goal for this trip?

This is year two of our multi-year plastic surgery education program with the Preah Ket Melea Hospital and the University of Health Sciences in Cambodia.  ORC is not providing service but rather education to support the sustainability of plastic surgery in Cambodia.  In 2016, ORC, under the leadership of Dr. Kimit Rai, trained 8 Cambodian Plastic Surgery Residents.  This year, Dr. Erin Brown will continue the plastic surgery education for the Residents with a focus on burns and hand surgery.  ORC will work closely alongside Dr. Nous Sarom to complete this portion of the Resident’s clinical training. The week will end with an examination written and given by Dr Erin Brown.

How can I help?

You can help support us in your local area by raising awareness and fundraising. By giving of your time and expertise, you become a very important part of a team that makes dramatic changes in the lives of underserved Cambodian children and their families. Your participation gives them a future filled with hope and possibilities for a better life. You will also be part of a professional and cultural exchange between Cambodia and Canada.

What types of volunteers are needed on your surgical missions?

Plastic surgeons, Pediatric Anesthetists, Pediatricians, OR nurses, 2 PACU Nurses, Professional Videographer/Photographer, Mission Coordinator, Administrator, and volunteer Interpreters. 

Where will the team be working? We will work at a modern hospital.

What types of patients do you serve? Burn victims that cannot afford the scar reconstruction surgeries needed. Burn scars tighten and cause contractures which limit mobility and function of the affected areas.  All surgical procedures will be performed free of charge to the patients. Our host hospital will continue to follow up with these patients after ORC leaves.

What is the trip schedule?

Day Date Details
Friday February 17 Travel to Phnom Penh.  Departure from YVR afternoon or evening flight. Estimated flight time 14 hours with transfer in HK.
Saturday February 18 In transit
Sunday February 19 Day 1 at hospital – Screening day
Monday February 20 Day 2 at hospital n – 1st day of surgery, continue screening
Tuesday February 21 Day 3 at hospital – surgery & screening & education exchange
Wednesday February 22 Day 4 at hospital – surgery & screening & education exchange
Thursday February 23 Day 5 at hospital – surgery & screening & education exchange
Friday February 24 Day 6 at hospital – surgery & screening & education exchange
Saturday February 25 Day 7 at hospital – last day of surgery & education exchange
Sunday February 26 Day 8 at hospital – Packing and clinic day. Resident’s final exam.
Monday February 27 Flight back to YVR


How large is the team?

Team selection is by the Mission Planning Committee.  Any Medical residents are nominated by their respective Colleges/Societies.

Team List below:

Role Number of positions Name of
Mission Coordinator (Leader) 1 Doreen Lore, R.N.
Plastic Surgeon 1 Dr. Erin Brown
Anesthesiologists – Pediatric experience essential 1 Dr. Eleanor Reimer
OR Support 1 Bal Bains
OR Nurses


2 Jillian Nolan, R.N.

Megan O’Brien, R.N.

Recovery Room nurses – Pediatric experience essential 3 Cheryl Baldwin, R.N.

Dolly Khanna, R.N.

Ryan Kean, R.N.

Anesthesia Assistant 1 Trevor Coelho
Videographer 1 Randy Mennie
Total 11  

Read the 2017 Cambodia Mission Team Profiles

Where does the team stay? The team will stay at a hotel close to the hospital.  There are 2 volunteers to a room. We will try to accommodate requests for single rooms for an additional charge, but availability is not guaranteed.

What are the participation requirements for future missions?

Each volunteer:

  • Be members in good standing with ORC. Attend meetings and help with pre and post mission activities.
  • Submit a resume and a copy of current professional registration/license (medical volunteers only).
  • Be responsible for a contribution of $1500 CAD through fundraising or personal donation. ORC is a registered Canada Charity that relies solely on private donations.  Donation tax receipts will be issued to your supporters. $1500 CAD fundraising participation represents only a portion of the travel costs to Cambodia (air fare alone is $1,200 CAD per ticket).
  • As ORC receives no government funding, we rely solely on private donors and fundraising for our trips.
  • Complete an application, volunteer agreement and waiver of liability.
  • Purchase travel visas, international medical and evacuation insurance.
  • Travel from Vancouver with the team, to help transport medical supplies
  • Be in good physical health and responsible for own vaccination (if required), as the days are long and demanding.
  • Be flexible, willing to work long hours, possess a team spirit and sense of humor.

ORC is 100% privately funded.  Canadian Charity Registration #866060189RR0001

What if I don’t speak the local language? Local language skill is a plus, but it is not a requirement. There will be translators at the hospital.

My spouse or partner would like to accompany me as a volunteer. What are the requirements?

Spouses or partners must meet the same volunteer criteria as mission members.

We are a surgical group and there are a very limited number of non-medical volunteer spots for spouses or partners who are not doctors or nurses with pediatric experience).

Where can I learn more about Operation Rainbow Canada and this trip?

Visit www.operationrainbowcanada.ca.  There are posts, photos, and videos about our previous surgical missions.

I would like to be considered for a spot on a future team. What’s the next step?

We are a small, 100% volunteer organization and receive many more mission volunteer applications than we can accommodate.  Mission applications are by invitation only from the Mission Coordinator.

  1. If you are based near Vancouver, BC, Canada we need to first meet you in person In order to determine whether you are a good fit for ORC and vice versa. Please come to one of our meetings (January, March, May, July, September, and November).
  2. If you are from outside the Vancouver area and have a recommendation from one of our past mission team members or another medical organization, please submit a cover letter, resume, scan of current license as well as references to info@operationrainbowcanada.ca.

We regret that applicants who do not meet the above 2 criteria will not be considered at this time.

Do I need to complete the Mission Application Form to be considered for a spot on the team? No. The Mission Application Form is only completed by volunteers who have been selected for the team.