Senior Dental Student Honors Program
Honors Application Form
To:      Senior Dental Students
Date:   June 4, 2014
Re:      Honors Program
Teaching Practicum – Fall and Spring Semesters
Elective teaching practicum experiences are available during the fall and spring semesters of your senior year.  This elective provides you with an opportunity to serve as a student-teacher in a lecture or lab course offered during the fall and/or spring semesters of the freshman, sophomore or junior years of the predoctoral curriculum.  If you have an interest in pursuing teaching as a career in the future, would like to gain more experience in a particular course, or you would like to enhance your knowledge and skills in preparation for board exams, please consider this option. 
You will receive DENT 790 credit for student-teaching. To be eligible for student-teaching in a particular course, you must have earned a grade of A or B in the course in which you wish to student-teach and you must be performing at an appropriate level in clinic to ensure that your teaching commitment does not jeopardize your attainment of clinic competency prior to graduation. 
The following courses may be considered for a student-teaching practicum experience:     
Fall Semester
DENT 701-Prevention
DENT 710-Dental Anatomy and Occlusion
DENT 712-Dental Materials
DENT 722-Operative (Tooth-Colored Restorations)
DENT 729-Operative (Indirect Gold & Tooth-Colored Restorations)
DENT 754-Implantology
DENT 756-Fixed Prosthodontics
DENT 763-Periodontics
DENT 773-Composites
Spring Semester
DENT 704-Operative (Amalgam)                             
DENT 705-Biochemistry small groups              
DENT 711-Periodontics
DENT 715-Community Health         
DENT 721-Endodontics                    
DENT 726-Removable Prosthodontics         
DENT 730-Public Health
DENT 731-Occlusion                        
DENT 757-Fixed Prosthodontics
DENT 766-Pediatric Dentistry          
*Please notify Dr. DeBiase by email of your desire to student teach during the fall semester in a specific course by July 17, 2014.

Clinical Opportunities
An Honors Program was created for senior dental students effective Spring Semester 2009. To be eligible for this program a student must meet the following expectations prior to the onset of this Program:
·        Successfully complete all clinical performance assessments
·        Successfully complete the 6-week rural rotation
·        Complete a written proposal outlining the details of your individualized “Honors Program.”
The Honors Program options include one or more of the following:
·        Student teaching in a lecture/lab course (course options listed below)
·        Participation in a 2nd rural rotation experience (2-6 weeks) or an external rotation (Susan Dew Hoff Clinic)
·        Participating in a global health experience (1-4 weeks)
·        Mentoring a faculty specialist in one of the clinical disciplines for a maximum of one day per week
A student may begin their Program at the onset of the spring semester or at midterm.  A brief detailed proposal should include:

  •  A confirmation of your eligibility for the Honors Program,
  • The name of the course in which you plan to student teach, the name and dates of the site location you hope to attend, and/or the name of the faculty mentor and the day of the week you plan to work with this mentor, and
  • he attached form verifying that you have gained initial approval for your plan - the Course Director if you wish to student teach; Dr. Meckstroth regarding a 2nd rotation/Dr. DeBiase for a global health rotation; and/or the Department Chair/Division Director who you wish to mentor.  

The Academic and Professional Standards Committee will review all proposals for the start of the spring semester during their December meeting and at their midterm meeting for proposals that are initiated after mid-semester.
Proposals should be sent to the Academic and Professional Standards Committee, in care of Dr. DeBiase, at least one week in advance of their scheduled meetings. Final approval will be based on eligibility, academic and clinical performance, professionalism and patient management skills.  If your proposed start date is midterm, you will need to meet with Donna Haid to ensure that conflicts with your clinical rotations do not exist.
Working with a faculty mentor is an exceptional opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in a specific specialty area, particularly if you intend to pursue graduate studies.  The following Department Chairs/Division Directors have agreed to serve as mentors:
Dr. Matthew Bryington
Dr. Basel Danan
Dr. Bryan Dye
Dr. Jennifer Hill                                              
Dr. Peter Ngan
Dr. Bryan Weaver (2 week block)
See Dr. Meckstroth to determine rural site availability.
Students who wish to complete an approved global rotation (i.e., Guatemala) or externship with the Indian Health Service must enroll in the Global Health Elective (DENT 750) during the semester in which they plan to travel.