EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Externships

The Externship Program is offered to visiting predoctoral dental students. Externships provide an educational experience designed to familiarize a predoctoral dental student with the postdoctoral program and its faculty, and to provide the director and faculty an opportunity to evaluate the qualities of the student who may be a potential applicant to the program. An interested predoctoral dental student (rising or current senior) may apply for an externship by contacting the appropriate department below.

ADVANCED EDUCATION IN GENERAL DENTISTRY
An externship in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program (AEGD) is available to interested dental students. Externs will attend lectures, literature reviews, and case presentations with the General Dentistry residents. The extern will assist with a variety of procedures in the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic (AGDC) including esthetic gingival surgery, bonded porcelain restorations, implant surgery, restoration, pre-prosthetic surgeries (ridge augmentation, sinus lift, crown lengthening, etc), CAD/CAM technology and other advanced procedures. Limited experiences treating patients in the AGDC may be available.

ENDODONTICS
Externs to the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics attend seminars, case presentations, appropriate lectures, and literature reviews with both the first and second year endodontic residents. The specific topics will be dependent on the time of year of their externship. Normally these externships occur during the spring semester. Externs will also spend a significant amount of time observing the treatment of patients in the graduate clinic. Preclinical exercises on extracted teeth will be available. Externs will also be allowed to observe and, if appropriate, assist in any research in progress in the department. Externships with the Department of Endodontics are offered for one week only.

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL RADIOLOGY
The Dental Diagnostic Science department of the UTHSCSA has an experienced faculty and state-of-the-art equipment to provide training in all the newest imaging modalities that are used and being developed in dentistry. The student has an excellent opportunity to train in Direct Digital Radiography that uses computers instead of films and will eventually replace conventional periapical radiography in dental offices. The acquired digital images can be enhanced and analyzed with the advanced computer equipment and programs. The student can have training in more advanced imaging methods for implant site evaluation, such as cross-sectional imaging with Linear Tomography and Computer Tomography that are routinely performed in the Department. Trauma cases, TMJ cases and developmental defects of the skull can be evaluated with an interactive 3-Dimensional Imaging Workstation that displays life-like images of the patient.

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Externs in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will be exposed to a wide scope of surgical procedures including orthognathic surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, temporomandibular joint surgery, reconstructive surgery, dentoalveolar surgery, implant and preprosthetic surgery, management of head and neck infections, and the management of facial trauma. Externs will rotate at the various teaching hospitals including Medical Center Hospital, Brady Green Community Health Center, and the University of Texas Ambulatory Surgicenter with the staff and residents of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. [application form]

ORTHODONTICS
The Orthodontic Externship is offered to interested predoctoral dental students and dentists who plan to specialize in orthodontics.  The extern will visit for one week and will attend lectures, literature reviews and case presentations with our Orthodontic Residents.  We will provide an educational experience designed to acquaint the extern with the faculty, our state of the art clinic and our Residency Program.  The Director, along with our faculty, will meet with and get to know the extern who may be a potential applicant to our Program.  Externs can apply any time of the year and will be observing the treatment of patients in our graduate clinic, but will not treat patients.  If you are interested in applying for an orthodontic externship, please fill out the application form.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
We welcome students from other institutions that are interested in obtaining additional training as well as being potential applicants for our advanced program. The length of the externship is one week. The externship will be during the months of July and August. Applications are accepted through the Department of Developmental Dentistry. Externs will rotate at two of the off-site clinics including the Ricardo Salinas Clinic and the University of Texas Health Science Center Pediatric Dental Clinic. The extern will be able to provide care to patients at these clinics and will also be able to observe residents with more complicated cases. Our desire is that graduates become pediatric dentists who are not only well trained but are also excited about our specialty and who will be leaders capable of shaping our specialty's future.
Applications are accepted starting Dec. 1st through March 15th. Notifications will be sent out the first week in April.

PERIODONTICS
This program will provide the opportunity for the extern who has an interest in periodontics to observe advanced surgical techniques. This will include, but not be limited to, procedures such as: open flap debridement, bone grafts, guided tissue regeneration, and endosseous dental implants. The extern will also have the opportunity to participate in case presentations and didactic seminars/lectures.