IU dental school white coat ceremony welcomes new dental class and students enrolled in new program for international dentists

As they took their first step onto the educational path to their careers in dentistry, 104 new Indiana University dental students pledged their commitment to professionalism and high ethical standards during an IU School of Dentistry white coat ceremony Aug. 10.

Joining the incoming dental students for this year’s ceremony on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus were 22 dentists enrolled in the dental school’s inaugural International Dentist Program. The international program offers an opportunity for dentists who received their degrees outside the U.S. to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at IU. A dental degree from an accredited U.S. dental school is required of foreign-trained dentists who wish to become licensed to practice in the U.S.

Earlier this year, IU joined about two dozen other U.S. and Canadian dental schools that have organized similar programs. The schools participate in a centralized advanced-placement application process for international dentists that is managed by the American Dental Education Association.

IU’s International Dentist Program, which is tailored to individual student progress, is expected to reduce the training from the four years required in the traditional DDS program to two years for students who have already received dental degrees abroad.

The 22 members of the International Dentist Program come from 10 nations and were selected from an applicant pool of 157 dentists. Their anticipated graduation date is 2015.

A full report on the white coat ceremony and the new Doctor of Dental Surgery students is available in this Aug. 20, 2013, IU Communications news release.

Dental student Kurtis Langdon, Carmel, Ind., is cloaked by his stepfather, James Gordon, D.D.S.
Dental student Kurtis Langdon, Carmel, Ind., is cloaked by his stepfather, James Gordon, D.D.S.
Dr. Inna Grishin, Ukraine, leads her International Dentist Program classmates in the class pledge.
Dr. Inna Grishin, Ukraine, leads her International Dentist Program classmates in the class pledge.