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Getting help and moving ahead. Most candidates who fail their licensure examination on the first try are eventually successful (usually within the first year).  The vast majority pass on their next attempt without assistance.  Few resources for preparing for re-examination are available through the state boards, and remediation is seen to be the purview of the dental school.

The ADA Office of Student Affairs conducted a short survey spring 2011 regarding the availability of remediation at the 58 U.S. dental schools. Fifty-two schools responded and 34 indicated that some form of remediation is offered through the dental school. The responses are below. Availability of remediation programs is not widely publicized, even faculty may not be aware of them.  ADA’s survey asked schools to provide contact information for staff or faculty that will assist students with remediation. The responses varied—some schools suggested that students should contact their academic affairs area, while others said the clinical dean or another specific faculty member. Specific responses are listed below.

Dental Schools with Remediation Programs

Dental School Clinical Exam Part I Part II Alumni Non-Alumni Re-enroll in Clinic Take
Board Prep Classes
Other

Arizona School of Dentistry

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Baylor College of Dentistry

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Boston University

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

N

Creighton University

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

 Georgia Health Sciences University

 Y

Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

 Y

     Harvard University

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

N/A 

N/A 

Howard University

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

N

 Indiana University

 Y

 N

 N

Loma Linda University*

N

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

Louisiana State University

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

 Marquette University

 Y

 Meharry Medical College

 Y

 Y

 Y

New York University 

N/A 

 N/A

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

Nova Southeastern University

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

 Oregon Health Sciences

 Y

 Y

 Y

 N

 Y

Southern Illinois University

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

SUNY- Buffalo**

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N/A

 Tufts University

 N

 N

 Y

 Y

 N

University of CA-Los Angeles

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

 University of Colorado

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

University of Detroit Mercy *

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

 University of Florida

 N

 Y

 N

 N

University of Illinois-Chicago

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

University of Iowa

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Y

N

N

University of Louisville

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Y

N

N

 University of Maryland

 Y

 Y

 N

 N

 N

 Univ. of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ

 Y

 Y

 N

University of Minnesota*

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

University of Mississippi 

N/A 

 N/A

University of Missouri-Kansas

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

University of Nebraska

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

 University of Nevada-Las Vegas

 Y

University of North Carolina*

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Y

University of Pennsylvania

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

University of Pittsburgh

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

University of Puerto Rico

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

University of Tennessee 

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

N/A 

University of Texas Houston

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

University of Texas San Antonio

Y

N/A

N/A

N

N

N

N

N

University of the Pacific*

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

 Virginia Commonwealth University

N/A 

 N/A

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

 West Virginia University

 Y

 Y

 Y

N

 Y

 University of Washington

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

N/A 

 N/A

 Y

Source: 2011 Remediation Programs in Dental Schools Update
* Information based on 2010 survey. No response to 2011 survey.

Additional Information from the 2011 survey:

Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Students are required to pass NBDE Parts I & II to graduate. Students are assessed according to which exam they failed, their score, and their study needs. They are referred to Student Services for academic counseling and are also required to submit a detailed study plan in preparation for the next exam date. Students have access to tutors, mock board exams and a variety of resources
offered through our learning resource center.

Baylor College of Dentistry
Customized remediation based upon need and the specific examination is offered. Students may retake the mock board examinations. Students interested in remediation for NBDE Parts I and II can contact Dr. Charles Berry, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at 214.828.8208 or cberry@bcd.tamhsc.edu. Students interested in remediation for the WREB can contact Dr. Mohsen Taleghani, Chair of General Dentistry at 214.828.8414 or mtaleghani@bcd.tamhsc.edu.

Columbia University
Students who have been identified for remediation work under supervision of faculty on an individualized set of assignments designed to address the identified weaknesses. Students interested in remediation can contact Dr. Letty Moss-Salentijn, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, at lm23@columbia.edu.

Creighton University
Remediation is offered only to Creighton alumni; individual programs are developed for each participant. For more information, contact the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Georgia Health Science University
Individualized remediation is offered to students who fail NBDE. Faculty will work with students on areas in need of improvement. Dental school faculty and the department of Continuing Education offer remediation courses to alumni and non-alumni dentists. Students interested in NBDE remediation can contact the offices of the Associate Dean of Students and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Individuals interested in clinical remediation can contact Dr. John Blalock in the Department of General Dentistry at 706.721.2811.

Howard University
Completion of the NBDE Part II is required for graduation. Students who fail Part I or II twice may be eligible for remediation in the areas of weakness. Students interested in remediation can contact the office of the Academic Dean, who will identify specific needs and assign guidance from the appropriate faculty or departments.

Louisiana State University
Individuals request remediation and a program is developed based on the specific area of deficiency. Individuals interested in remediation may contact Dr. Sandra Andrieu, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, or Dr. John Gallo, Assistant Dean of Clinics, at 504.619.8500.

Marquette University
Mock board examinations are available for both the clinical examination and NBDE. Individual counseling and support based on students’ needs is also available.

Meharry Medical College
An academic performance committee will determine when a student is in need of remediation. Remediation is conducted by the Center for Education and Development. Students are assigned time in the Center to review materials and work on test-taking and time management skills.

Nova Southeastern
Students who fail the licensure examination while in school have access to faculty who will work with them on improving skills and knowledge related to the failed areas of the exam. Alumni or postdoctoral residents who fail the licensure examination may be eligible for remediation through Continuing Education programs. Students interested in remediation can contact the Office of Academic Affairs. Alumni can contact Dr. Clark Galin in the Office of Continuing
Dental Education at cgalin@nova.edu.

Ohio State University
Alumni may enroll in an individualized CE program to screen patients and get additional education and assistance.

Oregon Health Sciences University
Individuals interested in remediation may contact the office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Southern Illinois University
Students are given specific instructions by the Student Progress and Awards Committee and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs regarding remediation. Students who fail NBDE Part I are given specific curriculum guidance and are assigned mandatory study time in lieu of assigned clinic sessions. Students who fail NBDE Part II or regional boards are given remediation assistance specific to their area of weakness. This remediation occurs on the student’s own time. No adjustment of curricular schedule occurs.

Tufts
Faculty reviews the detailed exam results and set-up competency exercises for the students to complete, until their performance improves. Students interested in remediation may contact Dr. Mark Gonthier, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs.

University of California – Los Angeles
Individuals in need of remediation need to contact faculty members with expertise in the area(s) of deficiency to request individual remediation.

University of Detroit-Mercy
Individualized remediation programs are also offered to students from other dental schools.

University of Florida
Students can request additional laboratory and/or clinical practice depending on the type of examination and section(s) failed. Individuals that need to retake a state board after graduation may enroll in a CE course that provides additional practice in the dental school. Students and new alumni interested in extended practice may contact the Office of Education at 352.273.5950.

University of Illinois – Chicago
Remediation is provided through an individualized program for the student and consists of enrollment in a for-profit enhancement course paid for by UIC.

University of Iowa
Remediation for students is individually tailored based upon a consultation with faculty and administration. A student interested in remediation can contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at 319.335.7151.

University of Maryland
For NBDE Part I and II, additional study material is available for review and individualized review of material with faculty may be arranged. For clinical licensure examination, individualized remediation is available with faculty to review clinical performance and logistics of the examination process. Remediation is currently only offered to registered students through academic departments. Individualized remediation program could be developed through Office of Continuing Education for graduates. Graduates interested in arranging individualized remediation programs should contact the Office of Continuing Education at 410.706.2282.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Students seeking remediation are encouraged to seek out the appropriate faculty in the discipline they were not successful in. Students may not re-enroll in clinic, but they can come back  to practice for the exam by establishing a continuing education program through the CE department.

University of Missouri – Kansas City
The school sponsors an online webinar review course for NBDE that is open to all dental students and alumni. The review courses are given by faculty and also have additional review materials. Remediation for clinical examinations is only available to enrolled students.

University of Nebraska
Students interested in remediation may contact Dr. John Reinhardt at 402.472.1344, or the Office of the Academic Dean.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Remediation for alumni is offered in the form of personalized CE, and remediation for students is offered in the form of mentoring and tutorial events. Individuals interested in remediation may contact frank.jones@unlv.edu or the office of the Director of Continuing Education.

University of Pennsylvania
Remediation is administered by the Office of Academic Affairs on based on the recommendation of course directors. Specific remediation plans are developed based on the individual student’s performance.

University of Puerto Rico
In order for a student to be promoted to senior year, he/she must pass Part I of the NBDE. Students who do not pass Part I may seek remediation through a special curriculum. If a student fails a clinical course, he/she must repeat the course and repeat the year.

University of Tennessee
Remediation may be offered for clinical examination through Continuing Education. Individuals interested in remediation can contact Dean Timothy Hottel or Dr. Lloyd George, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs.

University of Texas - San Antonio
Student interested in remediation must contact the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

West Virginia
Individuals interested in remediation may contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Christina B. DeBiase at 304.293.4393 or cdebiase@hsc.wvu.edu.

No Remediation Programs
Please note that the following schools indicated that they did not offer any remediation: Midwestern, Ohio, Alabama, California-San Francisco, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Southern California, Texas – Houston. On the 2010 survey, the following schools also indicated that they did not offer a remediation program: Case Western, South Carolina, Western University and Temple.

Did Not Respond
The ADA did not receive responses from the University of Connecticut, or SUNY - Stony-Brook in 2010 or 2011.