Dental International Student Program

*2015 Application cycle will begin March 17, 2014*

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Introduction

The Dental International Student (DIS) Program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine began in 1956 to provide foreign-trained dentists with the education and experience required to practice dentistry in America. The program comprises five semesters (two years and three months) of coursework and clinical experience, including innovative courses in implantology and geriatric dentistry. Upon completion of the program students receive a D.M.D. degree and are eligible for licensure to practice dentistry in the United States of America.

Application Procedures and Criteria

The Dental International Student program begins in mid April. The deadline for the program beginning in April 2014 is September 16, 2013.

All candidates for the program beginning in April 2014 should submit an application through the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) which is run by ADEA. The application cycle begins in April 15, 2013. More information regarding CAAPID can be found on the ADEA website – CAAPID Website.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis with review of complete applications beginning in July. It is strongly suggested that applicants complete the CAAPID application as early as possible to remain competitive. Traditionally the program fills by early October. After the program fills, applications are reviewed for wait-list consideration. Interviews are a mandatory part of the application process. Interview sessions will be conducted between late July 2013 and October 2013. Applicants selected for interview will be notified in writing beginning in July 2013.

Applicants selected for admission to the program will be required to send a $2,500 deposit to hold a place in the class.

Application Requirements

A complete CAAPID application (Please visit www.adea.org for application information)

Including:

  • Personal statement
  • Official Academic credentials evaluation for any foreign coursework completed-Course by course evaluation by ECE or WES
  • Two letters of recommendation in English from two dental school professors, or from one former dental school professor and the dean or director of your dental school
  • TOEFL Score (required of ALL applicants)
  • National Dental Board Examination (NDB), Parts I and II score (required of ALL applicants)
  • Must be a Permanent Resident or citizen of the US

Please send the following items directly to Tufts:

  • 2″ x 2″ photograph (please list full legal name and CAAPID ID # on reverse)
  • $90 Application fee (please see detailed instructions below.)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • National Dental Board Examination (NDB), Parts I and II official score report

Personal Statement
A personal statement should discuss your motivation for enrolling in a D.M.D. program in the United States of America, and the experiences and accomplishments that make you qualified for the program.

Transcripts
Applicants must submit an official copy of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended directly to the Admissions Office.

Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be sent directly to CAAPID. The letters of recommendation must be in English from two professors or from one former professor and from the dean or director of your dental school. If you are a political refugee, letters from dentists or physicians attesting to your character and suitability are acceptable.

Academic Credentials Evaluation
Applicants must submit an official course-by-course academic credentials evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org,) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) to CAAPID. Applicants offered admission to the program will be required to submit an official report to Tufts.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Please report all TOEFL scores on the CAAPID application. Additionally, please have an official score report sent directly to Tufts. The minimum score for consideration is 577 on the written examination, 233 on the computer-based examination, or 90 on the internet-based exam.

All applicants, regardless of native language, are required take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be considered for the Dental International Student program. No exceptions are made to this requirement. The test is given in most countries and registration materials can be obtained from many U.S. Consulates, USLS Centers, and universities. To have your scores sent to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine use institution code 3902 and department code 38 on the TOEFL registration form.

TOEFL exams taken more than two years before the application deadline are not valid. Exams must have been completed in September 2011 or later.

For more information regarding the TOEFL contact: TOEFL Educational Testing Services, Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, or telephone 609-771-7100. You may also visit the website at http://www.toefl.com.

National Dental Board Examination
Please be aware that the National Board Examination Part II is a requirement for acceptance to the Dental International Student program. Preference is given to applicants who receive a score of 90 or better on each of the individual sections on Part I, and who receive a score of 85 or above on the Part II examination. The Admissions Committee is also giving preference to applicants who score at or above national average on the subsections of the National Dental Board Examination, Part II (indicated by an “A” or “H”.) As of January 2012 the National Dental Examination scores for Part I and II will be reported as pass/fail.

To receive an application for either Part I or Part II of the National Dental Board Examination (NDB) and a Candidate’s Guide for National Dental Board Examinations, write to: Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1846, Chicago, IL 60611, or telephone 312-440-2678. You may also visit the website at: http://www.ada.org/101.asp.

The following authors and books are suggested in preparation for the Part I examination: L. Stryer for Biochemistry; Wheeler for Dental Anatomy; Ross, Romrell & Kaye for Histology; K.L. Moore for Human Anatomy; Schaecter for Microbiology; Kumar, Cotran & Robbins for Basic Pathology; R. Berne & M. Levy for Physiology. You may purchase these books at the Tufts University Health Sciences Campus Barnes & Noble bookstore; the bookstore phone number is 617-636-6628.

Citizenship Requirement

Applicants must be Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States to be considered for acceptance into the program.

Application Fee
Applicants must submit a $90 application fee. The Admissions Office will contact applicants with payment information after their application has been received.

2×2 Photograph
Applicants must submit a 2×2 sized photograph. Please clearly mark the name of the applicant and CAAPID ID # on the REVERSE of the photograph.

Note: Tufts does not return application documents (transcripts, scores, letters of recommendation, etc…) to the applicant regardless of application status.

Immunization Requirements

The School of Dental Medicine requires all students to complete the Hepatitis B (Recombivax) Vaccination series before matriculation. If an incoming student test positive for HBsAG and HBV DNA, matriculation will not be allowed. The Dental School requires testing for presence of infection prior to vaccination and testing for immunity once complete.

Please visit Immunizations Requirements for a complete list of requirements from the Student Advisory and Health Administration Office.

Curriculum
The complete curriculum may be viewed here.

The D.M.D. curriculum at Tufts is designed to educate dentists who are prepared to practice in a constantly evolving profession. Dental International students participate in nearly all phases of the third and fourth year dental curriculum, including geriatric dentistry, implantology, craniomandibular and TMD pain management, nutrition and preventative dentistry, and dentistry for the handicapped.

Exemptions: Students will be exempt from taking courses in the subjects covered by the National Dental Board Examination, Part I, which are: Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy; Embryology; Biochemistry; Physiology; Microbiology and Cariology; General Pathology and Systems Pathology; Immunology; Oral Histology; and Dental Anatomy. Exemptions may be granted for subjects tested on the National Board Dental Examination, Part II.

Courses

Year One: Preclinical Sciences

Complete Dentures, Fixed Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Operative Dentistry, Orthodontics, Removable Partial Dentures, Intro to Clinical Experience

Year Two: Dental Sciences

Occlusion II, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Medicine III Seminar, Implant Dentistry

Year Three: Clinical Sciences

Complete Dentures, Endodontics, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, Preventive Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Prosthodontic and Operative Dentistry

Graduation Dates and Requirements
Students are expected to attend all lectures, perform all required clinical work, and pass all written, oral, and practical examinations. It is mandatory that students maintain high ethical standards and pay all bills by the due dates. Failure to do so constitutes grounds for dismissal from the program.

Assuming satisfactory academic progress, students who matriculate in April 2013 are scheduled to graduate in May 2015.

Before Tufts grants the D.M.D. degree, the Executive Faculty of the School of Dental Medicine recommends students for the degree to the Trustees of Tufts College, who have the sole right to award academic degrees.

Honors and Awards

Academic Honors
International students who place in the top 10% of the class and whose professionalism and character are judged exemplary by the school’s Executive Faculty will be eligible for honors.

Summa Cum Laude: Overall average of 93 with no grade less than 80.

Magna Cum Laude: Overall average of 91 with no grade less than 77.

Cum Laude: Overall average of 87 with no grade less than 72.

Awards
The following awards are presented to graduating Dental International students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments as Tufts dental students:

International College of Dentists

Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Award