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Clerkship Program 2014-15
Clerkship Program Resources and Guidelines
Academic Affairs

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The Clerkship is an elective program that allows selected Year IV 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.

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


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 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

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:

1. Clerkships DO NOT satisfy any senior elective requirements (DNTS 548).

2. Students are eligible to participate in only one clerkship program.


Summary of Dates

Application submitted by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Students will be notified no later than by mid-June of the clerkship decisions.
Clerkships begin at the start of the fall semester, or at the discretion of the clerkship director.
See course list for credits.

 Discussion Session Schedule 2014

Interested students may speak to faculty representatives from clerkships in informal discussion groups according to the following schedule.     

Date

Room

Time

Clerkship

Course Director

April 10

G310

12:15-12:45

Domestic Violence Survivors

Dr. Rambob

April 22

G309

12:30-12:45

Implant Prosthodontics

Dr. Garcia


If you are unable to attend the discussion session(s), or if you are interested in the following clerkships, please contact the clerkship course director(s) listed below.

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

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

Research Clerkship - Dr. Pei Feng - pfeng@umaryland.edu

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

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

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

Forensic Odontology in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner - Dr. Warren Tewes - wdtewes@umaryland.edu

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

Domestic Violence Survivors - Dr. Isabel Rambob - irambob@umaryland.edu

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

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


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