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Integrated Community Service Partnerships

Integrated Community Service Partnerships is an external clinical rotation for fourth-year ATSU-ASDOH students with the purpose of supporting ATSU’s overall mission of producing culturally competent, community-responsive general dentists who are able and willing to serve as a resource in the community for dental public health issues. 

Students participate in four external clinical experiences with a total of 24 weeks during the fourth year (37 percent of total clinical education) through partnerships with more than 60 rural and community healthcare centers nationwide. Students immerse themselves in different cultures and socioeconomic environments providing preventive, restorative, and operative oral healthcare in community clinics in underserved areas.


Wayne W. Cottam (hyperlink, DMD, MS, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships

Dear Potential Community Partner:

Thank you for your interest in the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) Integrated Community Service Partnerships (ICSP).

ASDOH, a school of A.T. Still University, and the newest dental school in the country, was founded in July of 2003 with the fundamental aim of identifying applicants with strong community service backgrounds, integrating and emphasizing community and public health principles into the curriculum and graduating dentists with a unique understanding of, and desire to serve communities in need.

A key component of the mission of ASDOH is the development of Integrated Community Service Partnerships (ICSP) that place students in community settings to complete a portion of their clinical training during their fourth year. This externship program has many advantages to both students and clinical sites as outlined in our Information Sheet that can be obtained by clicking here.

An ICSP site application can be obtained by clicking here. It will provide us with the necessary information to evaluate your program as a potential site for student placement. Levels of participation can vary and could be as little as one student a year to multiple students per rotation on an ongoing year-round basis. Basic requirements of a site include:

   • Adequate operatories to accommodate the students.
   • Adequate auxiliary support to facilitate an appropriate level of production by the student.
   • Appropriate Policies and Procedures in place to ensure quality of care for the patient      and safety for the student.
   • Evidence of Standards of Care similar to that of ASDOH.
   • Credentialing and calibration of some or all of the dentists as  faculty of the school.
   • Ongoing calibration and training on supervision and clinical evaluation of the student.
   • For sites outside of the Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff area, a plan for housing and local      transportation for the students.

Malpractice is covered by the school, all revenue produced by the student is retained by the site and all faculty training and CE associated with that training would be provided at no cost to the dentists or to your organization.

Our mutual goal is to make a difference in the oral health of those we serve. By becoming partners in the education of the future of the dental profession we can change the face of dental education, and in the process, improve access to oral health care across the nation.

I look forward to speaking with you about the possibilities of partnership. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Wayne W. Cottam DMD, MS
Associate Dean for Community Partnerships
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health A.T. Still University
5850 East Still Circle
Mesa, Arizona 85206
Office: 480-248-8154
Cell: 480-600-5890
Fax: 480-248-6180