Course Dates and Location

When: Saturday, September 21st, to Monday evening, September 23rd, 2019

Where: University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1011 N. University, Ann Arbor, Mi, 48109

Number of Participants

Participants will be placed in small groups for the entire course. Each group will have a U.S. dentist leader - the faculty to student ratio is 1:5. Your faculty leader will provide oversight to your learning experience and will be your full time mentor over the 3 days of the course. The faculty members are experienced educators and dentists. Faculty Bios

Course Goal

That participants’ enhanced understanding of the U.S. culture, healthcare system and the U.S. dental profession will strengthen their application for International Dentist programs and better inform them of alternative pathways to licensure across the United States.

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will develop a high caliber CV and personal statement under mentorship of a U.S. faculty member

  2. Participants will receive feedback and an improvement plan after engaging in various communication exercises including mock admissions Interviews, mock patient interviewing and public speaking exercises

  3. Participants will be able to describe U.S. standards of evidence-based dentistry and receive guidance and feedback in how to critically appraising research papers

Course Cost

The cost of the course is $1,400 (U.S.) for each participant and this is non-refundable, so please make sure that dates are convenient and the course is a good fit for your needs (early bird rate is $1,200)

This cost includes breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch everyday. This cost does not include accommodation, travel, meals not mentioned above or any visa fees. Please note that you must be able to be in the United States legally and the University of Michigan cannot assist in this matter.


Please note – There is absolutely NO guarantee of entry into any International Dentist program. There is absolutely NO guarantee of receiving an interview to any program. However, a certificate of completion will be available through the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's Office of Continuing Education.

Items Needed by Participants

On every day of the course you will need a Laptop computer. All participants must have successfully completed National Board Dental Examination Part 1 (NBDE 1), submit their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the Statement of Purpose or Personal Statement. Please note, it is preferred that you have also completed NBDE Part 2 also.

How Did We Build this Course?

We surveyed 93 graduates or current students in international dental programs across the United States and asked them what they thought might have helped them when they were applying. Then we chose 16 current international students to participate in focus groups to collect more detailed information. Using all this data we built our curriculum which has three segments:

1.     to strengthen your application

2.     to improve your interview performance

3.     to help you get a head start when you begin in an International Dentist program


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Accommodation information

Hotel Name -> Transport -> Approximate cost per night

Graduate, Ann Arbor -> 8 minute walk->$190

Residence Inn, Downtown Ann Arbor-> 15 minute walk ->$179

The University Inn, Ann Arbor-> 13 minutes by bus ->$68

Days Inn, Ann Arbor-> 17 minutes by bus ->$53

Holiday Inn & Suites, Ann Arbor-> 20 minutes by bus ->$108

Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites-> 21 minutes by bus ->$99

Sheraton, Ann Arbor-> 21 minutes by bus ->$105

Courtyard by Marriott, Ann Arbor-> 22 minutes by bus ->$117

Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Ann Arbor-> 22 minutes by bus ->$132

Comfort Inn & Suites, Ann Arbor-> 23 minutes by bus ->$71

Extended Stay America, Ann Arbor-> 23 minutes by bus ->$76

Red Roof Inn, Ann Arbor-> 24 minutes by bus ->$65

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Ann Arbor-> 25 minutes by bus ->$84

Towne-Place Suites by Marriott, Ann Arbor-> 26 minutes by bus ->$119

Motel 6, Ann Arbor-> 29 minutes by bus ->$65

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