Clerkship Information

clerkshipThe clerkship is an elective program that allows selected fourth-year students to pursue further studies in departmental activities specially designed to meet their needs and interests. Students devote a portion of their clinic time to this specialized program; the remaining clinic time is spent in the comprehensive treatment of patients in the regular program. Clerkships are available in both basic science and clinical disciplines. Students in clerkship programs are expected to complete all block assignments as well as all portions of the DDS program.

  

 

Clerkships for 2018-2019

Clerkship (Faculty)

# of Students

General Requirements

Description

CAD/CAM Dentistry

(Drs. Lisa D’Affronte and Dr. Luz Abrera-Crum)

2

Academic performance (must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher); good clinical standing.  Student should have completed between 3-5 conventional fixed restorations, and have other fixed cases identified.

During this clerkship, students will be introduced to a short history of CAD/CAM dentistry, review the benefits and disadvantages of the technology, and learn imaging skills and the design software.  Imaging skills and design capabilities will be taught on typodonts and then applied to actual patients in the clinic.  Various dental materials for CAD/CAM will be discussed, and a clinic will be held on custom ceramic staining and glazing.  More advanced CAD/CAM techniques, such as quadrant restoration, fixed partial dentures and implant crown fabrication will be practiced as the students advance through the year.

Domestic Violence Survivors

(Dr. Isabel Rambob and Dr. Mona Gorman)

6

Satisfactory progress toward completion of DDS graduation requirements; cumulative GPA of 3.0; solid record of previous experience working in women’s programs and a strong community service background.

Among the many challenges faced by victims of domestic violence is finding quality dental care by compassionate, non-judgmental providers.  This clerkship offers an opportunity to provide comprehensive dental treatment to female victims of domestic violence referred to the dental school by the House of Ruth and Marian House.  Sixty-five to seventy-five percent of injuries resulting from abuse occur in the region of the head, neck and/or mouth, therefore, dental providers can play a critical role in the healthcare response to domestic violence.  Participation in weekly seminars on a diverse array of topics associated with providing dental care to this vulnerable population will also be included.

Endodontics

(Dr. Priya Chand)

1

Applicants should be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a strong and steady interest in endodontics, considering it as a specialty.

The Endodontics Clerkship is a yearlong program.  It allows the student(s) an opportunity to learn and develop knowledge and skills regarding patient care in endodontics.  The goal would be to facilitate learning in the specialty of endodontics and to equip the student(s) with a firm foundation built upon the three elements of research, clinical and didactic course work.

Implant Prosthodontics

(Dr. Guadalupe Fay)

 

10

Demonstrated interest and ability in prosthodontics and implant dentistry; high interest and motivation in esthetic dentistry; recommendation from prosthodontics, operative dentistry, periodontics /oral surgery faculty.

Lectures, seminars, journal club, case presentations and clinic.  The student will be introduced to multiple fixed implant prosthodontic procedures and techniques.  Restoration of esthetically involved cases in the anterior zone and complex implant restorations will be treatment planned, surgery observed and restorations completed.  CT scan evaluation/ implant software analysis will be introduced.  Hands-on courses and participation in implant study clubs and prosthodontics meetings.  CAD-CAM utilization/training in Implant Prosthodontics.

Oncology & Diagnostic Sciences /Oral Medicine

(Dr. Timothy Meiller)

 

2

Satisfactory progress in all areas toward completion of graduation requirements and interest in management of patients with oral diseases.  Sixty percent of requirements completed for selection.

Clinical and laboratory/research opportunities are offered.  Clinical: oral care of cancer patients (Greenebaum Cancer Center), diagnosis and management of oral lesions in the Oral Medicine clinic and experiences at the VAMC.  Laboratory:  experiences in research related to management of medically compromised patients are also available.

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery

(Dr. Cynthia Idzik-Starr)

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20-22

Satisfactory progress in all areas toward completion of graduation requirements; cumulative GPA of 2.9 or higher and minimum of B grades in all OMS courses.

Additional education and/or experience performing surgical extractions, tori removal, alveoloplasty, and implants.  Attending rounds and selected operating room cases with oral maxillofacial surgery residents at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Participate in weekly seminars on a diverse array of topics associated with oral surgery.  Participate in hands-on clinics on implant placement and starting IVs.  Three scheduled sessions per week required in the Dental School’s Oral Surgery Clinic.

Oral Radiology

(Dr. Jeffery Price)

2

Satisfactory progress toward completion of DDS degree requirements; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with a minimum of a B in all Oral Radiology courses.  The successful applicants shall also demonstrate a strong interest in the diagnostic sciences.

Students will be expected to build on their basic knowledge of intraoral radiography and panoramic radiology via clinical experiences in the Screening/Oral Radiology Clinic.  In addition, the student will act as a teaching assistant during the Thursday morning D2 RADI 528 Radiographic Interpretation Laboratory exercises.  The student will be expected to become proficient at Cone Beam CT image capture and to learn the basics of CBCT interpretation.  In order to achieve these skills, students will be required to view lectures on CBCT technology and principles as well as reviewing journal articles and textbooks on CBCT.  Finally, the student will spend time developing CBCT interpretation skills during sessions with the course director. 

Orthodontics

(Dr. Dina Stappert)

 

6

GPA 3.2 and a sincere desire to know more about orthodontics and/or pursuing a career in clinical and/or academic orthodontics.

This program introduces basic concepts and principles of orthodontics and provides clinical training for basic skills in everyday practice.  The clerkship curriculum introduces fundamental knowledge of orthodontic diagnostics and classification of malocclusion.  Weekly exposure to orthodontic case seminars will deepen the knowledge of orthodontic diagnostics.  The information for clinical skills will be delivered in the form of e-teaching modules and put into practice during hands-on clinical sessions.  Participation in interdisciplinary seminars of ortho/oral surgery and ortho/perio once per month.

Pediatric Dentistry

(Dr. Clemencia Vargas)

10

Completion of junior requirements, above average clinical activity, and strong interest in pediatric dentistry.

This clerkship is oriented to the dental student interested in pediatric dentistry or in family practice. It offers a monthly journal club with the latest in pediatric dentistry literature, advanced clinical experiences (challenging patients), regular seminars on relevant topics, participation in case-based seminars with the pediatric residents, extramural activities, assisting in preclinical teaching, and participation in Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (MdAPD) courses. Clerks participate in the administration and enrichment of the program.

Periodontics

(Dr. Hanae Saito)

4-6

GPA ≥ 3.2 and a strong interest in clinical periodontics – considering a pursuit of advanced training in periodontics.  Student must have satisfactory progress in all clinical areas towards completion of graduation requirements.

 

 

The dental student will participate in management of periodontitis patients and surgical treatment.  Treatment of moderate to advanced patients will occur in reserved clerkship clinical slots in the periodontics surgical suite.  Emphasis on experience of select traditional periodontal surgical procedures and site development for implantology will occur.  The student may have an opportunity to participate in periodontal literature and clinical seminars focusing on all aspects of periodontal therapy, including practice management.  A digital portfolio project will be developed, in conjunction with student mentors, specific to the student’s desired clinical learning experience. Showcasing of clinical patient outcomes and curating relevant clinical research journal articles are examples of components of this portfolio and will be a means of evaluating the clerk’s efforts, accomplishments, progress and achievements of the program.  The digital portfolio will function as a means of communication with their mentor and serve as a vehicle for self-assessment and external assessment.

PLUS/HIV  

(Dr. Valli Meeks)

2

Applicant should demonstrate a strong interest in providing comprehensive oral health care to people living with HIV disease. Particular attention is given to students with at least 75% of their predoctoral clinical requirements completed, or are in good standing to complete their predoctoral clinical requirements successfully by the end of Year IV.

The PLUS Program Clerkship will provide the predoctoral dental student with clinical experience in oral diagnosis, treatment plan development and delivery of oral health care to the patient living with HIV disease as well as provide insight into treatment management for patients presenting with multiple and/or various co-morbidities. Clerks are assigned either a new or a continued care patient and will work under direct supervision of PLUS Program faculty.  Clerkship students will be expected to have a comprehensive understanding of assigned patients’ medical history (including blood laboratory values) and do a clinical presentation to the supervision faculty prior to starting treatment.   In addition, PLUS Clerks must attend bi-monthly (twice a month) seminars scheduled for Wednesdays from 4:30-5:45 p.m. and give a case presentation to the PLUS Program faculty and staff at the conclusion of the clerkship.

Special Care and Geriatrics

(Dr. Janet Yellowitz)

5

Demonstrated interest in treating patients with special health care needs and medically complex older adults; above average proficiency in clinical skills and academic performance; self-motivated and able to accept a challenge.

Provides senior dental students with a hands-on, clinical experience in the oral health management of the adult patients with special needs and frail elders; to include, but not limited to, those with limited physical, and/or cognitive abilities or compromised medical conditions that warrant dental care in a specialized setting.  The clinical program will include maximizing appropriate and rational oral health care to this population, with monthly seminars.  Students will have opportunities to work with multiple faculty members and can include the treatment of complex oral health cases.

Guidelines for Administration of the Clerkship Program

I. Requirements for Selection

A. In order to qualify for consideration, a student must have passing grades in all courses.

B. Each clinical department or program has additional specific requirements (see clerkship offerings).

C. The specific departmental requirements for eligibility to participate in the clerkship program will be made known to the students at the end of Year II so that they may pace their work during the following year accordingly.

D. Although students are not expected to complete all clinical requirements by the end of the third year, they should have made sufficient progress to be able to successfully complete their regular clinical responsibilities in the allotted time.

II. Application and Selection Procedure

A. Applications for the Clerkship Program may be submitted online.

1. Clerkship applications must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by late April.

2. By applying to any clerkship program, you agree to have your cumulative GPA and class rank shared with the clerkship director(s) so they have additional information on which to base their decisions.

3. Students may apply for a clerkship in more than one department, indicating an order of preference.

B. The Clinical Progression Committee will meet at the end of the third year to approve candidates for clerkships.

1. Departments will make their selections from the students who apply for their programs.

2. An attempt will be made to match students with the program of their choice.

C. Clerkships begin at the start of the fall semester, or at the discretion of the clerkship director.

III. Evaluation and Grading

A. The Clinical Progression Committee will review student performance in the clerkship programs.

1. Clerkship grade

a. Evaluation standards will be established by the departments offering the clerkship and will be made known to the student at the beginning of the course.

b. Clerkships are graded as Honors, Pass, or Fail. The clerkship grade is not calculated into the dental grade point average for ranking purposes.

c. Severe deficiencies in the clerkship course will result in reassignment of the student to the regular clinic program on a full-time basis.

2. Grades in other clinical departments

a. Students selected for the clerkship program will be expected to maintain the same or higher quality work during their regular clinical assignments as that which entitled them to enter the program.

b. Students incurring a deficiency in one or more areas of their regular clinical assignment may be reassigned to the regular clinic program on a full-time basis.

B. The Clerkship Program will be evaluated annually by both participating students and participating departments.

IV. Mobility

A. The Clinical Progression Committee may recommend student reassignment to the full clinic program, where appropriate.

B. Voluntary withdrawal from the clerkship, if appropriate, must occur during the first half of the semester.

C. Please note ALL clerkships require participation during both the fall and spring semesters in order to earn credit for the entire program.

Interested students may speak to clerkship directors during informal discussion groups that are scheduled during the month of April. See discussion session schedule below. Not all clerkship programs offer information sessions; therefore, you are encouraged to directly contact clerkship directors for those programs in which you have interest.

NOTES:

Students are eligible to participate in only one clerkship program.

Summary of Dates

  • Application must be submitted by late April
  • Students will be notified of clerkship decisions no later than mid-June
  • Clerkships begin at the start of the fall semester, or at the discretion of the clerkship director
  • See course list for credits

Clerkship Directors

 

If you are interested in the following clerkships, please contact the clerkship course director(s) listed below.

CAD/CAM - Dr. Lisa D'Affronte and Dr. Luz Abrera-Crum - ldaffonte@umaryland.edu and LAbreraCrum-DF@umaryland.edu

Domestic Violence Survivors - Dr. Isabel Rambob and Dr. Mona Gorman - irambob@umaryland.edu and mgorman@umaryland.edu

Endodontics - Dr. Priya Chand - pchand@umaryland.edu

Implant Prothodontics - Dr. Guadalupe Fay - ggarcia@umaryland.edu

Oncology & Diagnostic Sciences/Oral Medicine - Dr. Timothy Meiller - tfmeiller@umaryland.edu

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery - Dr. Cynthia Idzik-Starr - cstarr@umaryland.edu

Oral Radiology - Dr. Jeffery Price - jbprice@umaryland.edu

Orthodontics - Dr. Dina Stappert - dstappert@umaryland.edu

Pediatric Dentistry - Dr. Clemencia Vargas - cvargas@umaryland.edu

Periodontics - Dr. Hanae Saito - hsaito@umaryland.edu

PLUS/HIV - Dr. Valli Meeks - vmeeks@umaryland.edu

Special Care & Geriatrics - Dr. Janet Yellowitz - jyellowitz@umaryland.edu