Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU SOD) introduced a
D.D.S./Ph.D. dual degree program for students interested in a career in academic dentistry and in translating oral health research to the clinic. Students have both a research and a clinical mentor and complete the first two years (preclinical years) of dental school, also selecting their Ph.D. dissertation laboratory.
Following completion of the second year of the dental curriculum, students focus on the requirements for their Ph.D. After completion of their doctoral degree requirements, students rejoin the dental curriculum in the third year of the program.
The Ph.D. research will take place at the Philips Institute for Oral Health—part of the VCU Health System located in the VCU SOD. The program offers an integrated, interdisciplinary environment with a range of Ph.D. opportunities in oral cancer, immunology and infectious diseases and regenerative medicine. The program provides close links to affiliate clinicians and scientists at VCU, including those working at the NCI Designated Massey Cancer Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Medicine. There also is close interaction with the NIH-supported VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research.
Prospective students are asked to submit applications to AADSAS for
admission to dental school. At the same time, they should apply directly to the
Ph.D. in Oral Health Research program for admission and state their interest in the combined program. Program details and information about the application process may be found on the VCU website:
The only dental school in Virginia, VCU SOD is one of 10 dental schools in the country located within a comprehensive medical center. To learn more, contact Oonagh Loughran, Ph.D., via email at
Courtesy of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
Published on November 14,