UW School of Dentistry

DDS/PhD Program

DDS/PhD combined training is available for students committed to an academic or research career in dentistry and dental research. This program is a minimum of 8 years, combining the DDS curriculum with a PhD in Oral Health Sciences.

Goals

  • Educate committed individuals for future academic positions in a manner that provides the best possible dual training and minimizes debt load.
  • Students will have an opportunity to have continued clinical practice after completing dental training so there is no break in use of clinical skills.
  • Students finishing this program will be prepared to go into clinical specialty training after completing their PhD. This will prepare them for faculty positions and be an excellent opportunity to connect their research training and clinical experience.

Features

  • Keeps normal dental curriculum intact for years 1-4.
  • Takes advantage of already existing SURF program for entering students the first year.
  • Additional course work in summers during SURF program and other quarters as time permits.
  • DDS to be conferred in spring quarter of year 4.
  • Clinical experience to continue in years 5-8 via Intramural Practice or other arrangement.
  • Applicants are eligible for financial support; details will be arranged each year.

Funding

  • Students may be eligible for funding by an NIH training grant beginning in the 1st or 2nd year of study. This would provide a stipend and partial tuition costs.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to apply for an individual DDS/PhD fellowship through NIH. The best timing would be a submission of the application beginning in their 4th or 5th year.
Curriculum milestones
Curriculum Milestone
Academic year 1 Normal Dental Curriculum
Academic year 2 Normal Dental Curriculum
First SURF project (rotation 1)
National Boards Part I
Academic year 3 Normal Dental Curriculum  National Boards Part II
Academic year 4 Normal Dental Curriculum Complete DDS
Academic year 5 PhD Coursework & Research  Identify PhD mentor
Academic year 6-7
Clinical Practice
PhD Research.  Complete
Remaining PhD coursework
PhD General Exam
Academic year 8
Clinical Practice
PhD Research PhD Defense
and graduation

Note: This is a general outline of the DDS/PhD curriculum and may vary depending on the individual student, for example, didactic and clinical performance, research progress, etc.

For DDS/PhD students, the following courses are mandatory:

  • OHS 568 – Biostatistics
  • OHS 579 – Molecular Biology and Oral Health Applications
  • OHS 580 – Introduction to Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • OHS 575 – Oral Health Seminar (repeats during each academic year)
  • OHS 578 – Research Techniques
  • OHS 600 – Independent Study (PhD research)
  • OHS 800 – PhD Dissertation (minimum of 27 credits required before graduation)
  • DENTFN 513 – Oral Microbiology (completed during DDS training)
  • DENTFN 523 – Oral Histology and Embryology (completed during DDS training)

In addition, students are required to complete at least two other OHS courses that are part of our PhD curriculum. Examples include:

  • OHS 569 (Advanced Oral Microbiology)
  • OHS 581 (Secretory Processes in Exocrine Glands)
  • OHS 591 (Advanced Topics in Oral Biology and Medicine)
  • OHS 571 (Clinical Epidemiology)

At least three (3) credits of Conjoint (CONJ) courses offered outside of OHS. Please see the OHS PhD course description and UW catalogue for current listings.