International Dentist Program
The advanced standing international dentist program at A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) is designed to enable qualified dentists educated outside the U.S. to earn a doctor of dental medicine (DMD) degree following successful completion of a five-semester (28.5 months) didactic and clinical program. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: https://coda.ada.org/en.
After successful completion of a special semester-long didactic and clinical simulation course, the international dentist students will complete the approved curriculum for D3 and D4 years similar to MOSDOH’s traditional cohort of students, culminating in the award of the DMD degree.
MOSDOH’s clinic, referred to as the St. Louis Dental Center, is operated as a unique partnership between ATSU and a Federally Qualified Health Center-Affinia Healthcare. Located at 1500 Park Avenue in St. Louis, the dental center is situated in an area of St. Louis with a high proportion of underserved people. In addition, the unique partnership with Affinia Healthcare ensures access to underserved patients from across the human lifespan and availability of adequate patient experiences for all students to achieve MOSDOH’s stated clinical competencies within a reasonable time. This patient pool is more than adequate to support the addition of 10 students to the pre-doctoral program initially and a total of 20 students in subsequent years.
Admissions standards for the advanced standing international dentist program are based on the same standards of achievement required by students enrolled in the traditional DMD program. These include evidence of academic achievement as well as an assessment of non-cognitive skills.
To be eligible for MOSDOH’s advanced standing international dentist program, the applicant must be a graduate of a foreign dental school granting a BDS, DDS, DMD degree or equivalent, with a license to practice in their home country. Similar to traditional dental applicants, the international dentist applicants will be subjected to a background check. A clean background check is expected and required for acceptance and matriculation.
A candidate’s academic performance is assessed by reviewing his/her dental school transcript and performance on Parts I and II of the National Boards and/or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INDBE). Applicants must provide official copies of all transcripts from post-secondary schools attended, in addition to official copies of diplomas and/or degrees from the applicant’s dental school and a license to practice dentistry. Transcripts in languages other than English must be translated by a certified translator and all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a foreign academic credentialing service. Currently, ATSU-MOSDOH accepts:
- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
- World Education Services (WES) and
- International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF)
In lieu of the Dental Admissions Test, candidates for the advanced standing international dentist program must have passed both Part I and Part II of the National Board Examinations or the INDBE within the past five years. Applicants whose native language is not English must also have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.
Candidates who are successful at the pre-screening must be present for a personal one-day interview at ATSU-MOSDOH during which several non-cognitive domains are assessed.
Criteria common to the traditional and advanced standing international dentist programs are:
- Motivation for dentistry and those specifically for joining ATSU-MOSDOH
- Communication skills
- Life experiences
- Professionalism and maturity
The additional criteria assessed for the advanced standing international dentist program candidates allow for individualized assessment of each candidate and include:
- Number of years for which dentistry was practiced after graduation from dental school
- Percentage of time preactive was devoted to:
- Restorative dentistry
- Oral surgery
- Other areas
- Participation in U.S. postgraduate dental training programs (GPR/AEGD, etc.)
- Any restrictions or probation on the candidate’s dental license in the country where they practiced