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NIDCR launches new dental public health research training program

Deadline for dentists to apply is Nov. 17

September 21, 2021 Bethesda, Md. — The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is launching a dental public health research training program for dentists.

The full-time, three-year fellowship will be located on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and “will equip dental professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and conduct impactful population-level oral health research that improves the well-being of individuals and communities,” according to a NIDCR news release.

“To achieve NIDCR’s goal of improving oral health for all, it is critical to develop and retain experts with the appropriate skills to conduct relevant oral health research in an increasingly complex environment,” said NIDCR Director Rena D’Souza, D.D.S., Ph.D. “By drawing from the unparalleled resources at NIH, this program will continue this institute’s rich history of supporting a diverse pipeline of critical thinkers and thought leaders for years to come.”

The fellowship includes a one-year residency in dental public health, followed by two years of mentored postdoctoral-level training. NIDCR said fellows will be able to choose from several important research areas related to oral health and will receive mentorship from NIDCR and non-NIDCR staff. Training is “designed to fulfill the advanced dental education requirements for the specialty of dental public health, helping fellows to become eligible to challenge the American Board of Dental Public Health examination process for specialty certification in dental public health,” the agency said.

The deadline to submit application materials is Nov. 17 and the tentative start date for individuals selected is July 5, 2022. A stipend is available for eligible fellows and there is no tuition.

For more information about the program, including admissions requirements, application instructions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the NIDCR Dental Public Health Research Fellowship webpage.