Training Programs

As the global leader in supporting cleft care, Smile Train offers our partners a range of clinical training opportunities and resources in surgery, anesthesia, nursing, and comprehensive cleft care. Contact to find upcoming opportunities near you and your team. Smile Train also offers a range of online training resources for Smile Train partners.


Cleft Lip and Palate Simulators

In low-resource settings, access to safe, high-quality surgical training can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to training for specialized procedures like cleft lip and palate surgery.

We’re working to ensure that surgeons and trainees around the globe have access to the most advanced, effective cleft surgery training tools available today. Our Simulare Cleft Lip and Palate 3D-printed simulators provide hyper-realistic models for cleft surgical training, leading to safer, higher-quality surgery for every patient, every time.

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Virtual Surgery Videos

These educational videos present various stages of cleft repair through 3-D animations and live recordings of advanced surgical techniques.

Contributing Authors: Dr. Court Cutting (Smile Train Chairman Emeritus), Aaron Oliker, BioDigital et. al.
For additional interactive materials please see Smile Train's award-winning Virtual Surgery Simulator.

Virtual Surgery Simulator

Virtual Surgery Videos

Safe Nursing Care Training

Recognizing the key role nurses play in patient care and safety, Smile Train has developed the Safe Nursing Care Saves Lives Workshop, a training that provides nurses at Smile Train partners with essential skills to administer high-quality nursing care for children undergoing cleft surgery. Download the Manual in English and contact for access to the entire curriculum in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Safe Nursing Care Saves Lives Trainers Manual

Cleft Palate Speech Training

In partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University, we offer an introductory online course on effective cleft palate speech care. The purpose of the training is to empower more speech therapists and paraprofessionals with strategies to improve children’s speech and lives. The course is followed by an ASHA-approved CEU exam.

We also offer "Train the Trainer" manuals on cleft speech therapy for local trainers. These manuals make the course ready for local trainers worldwide to download and train the next generation of cleft professionals.

Take Online Course for CEU Credit

Review the Online Course Modules (Video)

Train the Trainer Manual

Cleft Nutrition Program

Smile Train knows that a baby born with a cleft, especially a cleft palate, may have difficulty feeding and is at an increased risk of being malnourished. In partnership with the global organization SPOON, Smile Train has developed a two-day course on effective cleft feeding. The goal is to empower local professionals to be able to train mothers and caretakers on topics such as effective breastfeeding, safe bottle/spoon/cup feeding and weaning children, as well as approaches to managing malnutrition in children with a cleft lip and/or palate. Download the Manual and Handouts in English and contact for access to the entire curriculum in English, Spanish, French, Bangla, Hindi, Portuguese, Bahasan.

Nutrition & Feeding Trainer Manual

Nutrition Training Handouts