April 5, 2012

New group of international DDS students has orientation

The second group of students in the School of Dentistry’s International DDS (IDDS) program received its formal introduction to the School with orientation during the last week of March.

The new students in the UW International DDS program include (from left) Sundara Ramadurgam, Yanka Chalakova, Ketan Jumani and Rajani Chitturi.

The new students in the UW International DDS program include (from left) Sundara Ramadurgam, Yanka Chalakova, Ketan Jumani and Rajani Chitturi.

The two-year program, which was introduced last year, offers qualified graduates of foreign dental programs a chance to earn a DDS degree at the UW. Students admitted to the program take a mandatory pre-clinical qualification course in spring quarter, then join the School’s third-year students in the pre-doctoral program in the fall. They proceed through the third-year and fourth-year curriculum with classroom lectures and direct patient care, with special emphasis on access to care for underserved populations.

Five students were accepted into the program this year from a highly competitive pool of applicants reviewed through a separate admissions process. Those who successfully complete the pre-clinical qualification course and the advanced standing placement DDS program can then take state or regional board examinations to be eligible for dental licensure and U.S. dental practice.

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