The Dental School fully subscribes to the University of Maryland Policy Concerning Prevention and Management of Student and Employee Infection with Bloodborne Pathogens, which became effective July 1, 1994. All enrolled students receive a copy of this policy statement as part of their matriculation documents. Individuals seriously considering applying to any of the Dental School’s programs should request a copy of the policy from the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs or should view the policy on the web by clicking the policy name above.
Section 6, Admissions and Hiring Practices, of the policy statement states: “Inquiries about infection with HBV, HCV or HIV will not be made of prospective University of Maryland Personnel. Neither admission nor employment will be denied any otherwise qualified individual on the basis of infection with Bloodborne Pathogens. However, limitations on the training and professional activities which may result from infection with Bloodborne Pathogens will be communicated to prospective students and employees.” (See Next section.)
Section 7, Advice on Risks and Limitations, states: “...Applicants who are infected with Bloodborne Pathogens are not required to identify themselves to the University. Advice to applicants will be provided in a general form available to all applicants. If infection with a specific Bloodborne Pathogen (e.g., HBV) could prevent a person from completing the curriculum or subsequently practicing the intended profession as a result of scientifically established contagion risk, this information will be included in the general information which the school distributes to applicants.” Although information concerning applicants’ status regarding bloodborne pathogens is not a part of the admissions process, status of infection could adversely affect individuals’ ability to complete their education or their ability to obtain future professional licensure.
All candidates for enrollment are strongly encouraged to know their sero-status and to seek professional advice if they have questions. The dean of the Dental School has appointed an ombudsman or advocate to whom any applicant, student, or employee can go in confidence for advice on policies and procedures related to infection with bloodborne pathogens and on the implications of testing and disclosure for enrollment or employment status. Individuals with specific questions or concerns are urged to seek advice from the Dental School’s ombudsman.
Section 9, Immunizations Against HBV, states: “Students enrolling in academic programs that will involve participating in invasive or exposure-prone procedures must be vaccinated against HBV at their own expense. Students may be vaccinated at Student and Employee Health. Those who were immunized prior to enrollment must provide evidence of immunization to the enrolling school.”
Doctor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Applicants
Although students are strongly encouraged to complete the three-shot Hepatitis B immunization series before matriculation, entering students who have not been appropriately immunized against HBV will receive their first vaccination during Dental School orientation through Student and Employee Health. The second and third vaccinations will occur at one- and six-month intervals, respectively. Students may not participate in clinical or other activities in which they may be placed at occupational risk until at least one month after the second in the series of HBV immunizations. Failure to complete the series in a timely manner could result in delayed progress through the curriculum or dismissal from enrollment.