University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry (UCSF SOD) has launched the portfolio examination pathway to licensure for the Class of 2015. This pathway permits California dental students to take clinical examinations approved by the Dental Board of California and verify successful completion of
identified procedures while in dental school so they receive their California dental licenses upon graduation. The portfolio exam model is an alternative pathway for initial licensure for general dentists in the state. It has been developed in close collaboration with the Board and all of the dental schools
"Integrating the licensure examination into the dental curriculum at appropriate intervals allows students to understand their level of competence on an ongoing basis, and for faculty to assess and provide additional educational support as needed while they are still enrolled in dental school," says John D.B. Featherstone,
M.Sc., Ph.D., Dean of UCSF SOD. "This new approach is a good thing for our students and their patients."
By successfully completing all elements of the portfolio exam during dental school, and passing the Ethics and Jurisprudence exam still administered by the Board, students will receive their licenses upon graduation, allowing them to proceed immediately to practice or further education.
The pilot project applies to students in the UCSF SOD Class of 2015 who opt to take it, and it will be incorporated as part of the curriculum for graduates in 2016 and onward.