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Wanted: Students for NIH-funded program

Dental informatics can 'help move dentistry forward in its mission to improve patient care'

Pittsburgh—The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is seeking candidates for its National Institutes of Health-funded postgraduate program in dental informatics.

Dental informatics—the application of computer and information sciences to improve dental practice, research, education and management—"offers some exciting opportunities to help move dentistry forward in its mission to improve patient care," said Dr. Titus Schleyer, UPSM associate professor and director, center for dental informatics. "Electronic dental records, natural language processing, electronic information exchange and 3D visualization present major opportunities."

Dr. Schleyer says the program is primarily targeted at individuals engaged in dentistry, medicine or computer science; however, the program is also open to other individuals with appropriate background and a strong interest in a research career in dental informatics.

The program is based on the premise that more than any other innovation at this time, information technology has the potential to help dentistry realize its vision of improving individual and general oral health systematically and consistently.

Dental informatics fellowships are available every year. However, the availability of funding support may vary.

For more about the program, its background, degree options, employment opportunities and details about the application process, visit www.dental.pitt.edu/informatics/postgrad.php.