Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry (LSUSD) Internationally Educated Dentists Program (IEDP) is for dentists holding a dental degree from countries outside the United States and Canada. The program employs a mandatory 2 1/3-year curriculum. Qualified students are enrolled in the Pre-doctoral Dental Program (D.D.S.) as third-year dental students following successful completion of the IEDP Advanced Placement Skills and Knowledge Assessment curriculum. Once enrolled in the D.D.S. program, each IEDP student must satisfactorily complete the third- and fourth-year dental curriculum as prescribed. No waiver of classes is granted. LSUSD expects all applicants to and students of IEDP to meet all Technical Standards for the Profession as stated in the LSUSD Catalog.

LSUSD participates in the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID®) program.

Contact Information

Adriana Cordero Wilson, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Director of International Educated Dentist Program
1100 Florida Ave, 
New Orleans, LA 70119
Telephone: (504) 941-8285
Fax: (504) 941-8123
Email:  acorde@lsuhsc.edu

Program Details

Length of Program: 2.33 years
Application Open: Sept. 15, 2020
Program Application Deadline: Nov. 2020
Program Start: March 2021
Class Size: Up to 5
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to Apply to Program

Academic Requirements

The completion of a dental degree from an international school of dentistry is required. Academic credentials will be evaluated by the LSUSD Health School of Dentistry IEDP Program Director under the Office of Admissions to ensure that the applicant’s undergraduate curriculum prerequisites include the equivalent requirements of Biology with laboratory, Inorganic (General) Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, English, and Physics.

While a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is recommended, more competitive GPAs will be given first consideration.

English Language Proficiency

  • Applicants must be proficient in the English language.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Successful completion of the TOEFL internet-based exam with a score of 100 or above is required. TOEFL results must be from testing dates within two years of the application cycle.
  • TOEFL score should be uploaded as part of the CAAPID application.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Applicants must have passed Part I of the NBDE.
  • Official NDBE scores should be uploaded to CAAPID, along with other application materials.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT is accepted, but not required for admission to the program.
  • For the 2020 admission cycle, the ADAT will be considered. Results must be uploaded as part of the CAAPID application.

Personal Essay

  • The personal essay is required for admission to the program. 

Letter of Evaluation

  • A letter from the dean of the school from which the dental degree was issued is required.
  • Two additional letters from faculty of that school (cannot be more than 2 years old) is also required.
  • Up to three additional letters of recommendations (LORs) concerning practice experience or shadowing in a dental office encouraged.
  • All LORs to be uploaded through CAAPID by their respective authors.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Evaluated transcript is required (through ECE only).
  • If admitted, official transcripts from all postdoctoral (including notarized, translated copies) and photocopy(s) of diploma(s) must be sent directly to the LSUSD IEDP Director.

Application Fees

  • A $250 fee will be due from applicants invited to interview and take an initial skills benchtop test.

Admissions Process

  1. Application received from individual.
  2. The Program Director reviews application to ensure all minimal requirements are met: for example, ECE GPA of less than 3.0 or TOFEL scores less than 100 would be eliminated from admission consideration.
  3. The Program Director reviews the applications that have passed the criteria above. Potential criteria and materials this body uses to evaluate the applicants:
    • Passing score on National Board Dental Exam.
    • Demonstration of English proficiency.
    • ADAT score, if available.
    • Letters of recommendation from Dean and faculty of the dental school attended by the applicant.
    • All other letters of recommendation from other higher educational programs.

Applicants who are likely to be invited for an interview and bench testing are those who are competitive and attain the highest GPA evaluated by the ECE, the recommended TOEFL score and have more personalized and strong recommendation letters from their previous dental school faculty and dean.

Invitations to interview are extended based on each applicant’s overall competitiveness as determined by criteria utilized in the review of their application.

Personal Interview

Each invited applicant will participate in an interview with a member(s) of the designated review committee. Standardized questions will be developed along with an appropriate rubric to evaluate the applicant.

Bench Testing

A manikin-based/simulation exam will be developed and administered by the various and appropriate clinical departments. This exam will be graded by the appropriate department in a fashion similar to the way competency exams are administered to the traditional students. Specific procedures would be determined by each department along with the grading criteria.

Criteria and time allowed for each part of the exam will be determined by the departments.

Writing and Communication

A writing/essay exercise on a topic to be determined will be given to each applicant. This will be a problem-based learning session where the applicant will be challenged to evaluate and solve a problem to determine the applicant’s ability to a) communicate, b) problem-solve, c) think critically, d) willingly participate, e) interact in an appropriate manner with faculty and f) make ethical decisions.

Final Ranking

All members of the IEDP Committee will review the applicants that took part in the interview and bench testing to determine a comprehensive final ranking. Interview scores, bench-testing scores, writing scores, problem-based learning scores and the applicant’s overall competitiveness will be ranked. Minimal scores in each area will be determined and any applicant who falls below that score will not be accepted.

These rankings will be used to select up to five applicants to be invited for provisional acceptance into the probationary pre-clinical program or placed on a waiting list.

IEDP Advanced Placement Skills and Knowledge Assessment Curriculum

A review of first- and second-year clinically applicable courses with assessment testing is a mandatory requirement during the spring semester before beginning the program. Those courses determined to be appropriate will be developed (condensed and tailored for the advanced standing applicants) by the clinical departments. All courses are either tested by a final exam (written, simulation or OSCE) established by the course directors or by the course directors’ assessment of the applicant to determine their eligibility to enter the third year of the predoctoral program. This eligibility is communicated to the Director of the IEDP Program by the individual course directors. Once all the assessments are received, the committee votes to offer final acceptance to the candidates.

Program Enrollment

If the accepted, students will be enrolled in July 2020 as traditional students with no further customization of courses and curriculum. If the accepted, students will be enrolled in July 2020 as traditional students with no further customization of courses and curriculum.