We are considering relocation to the US Virgin Islands due to my potential job change (she is planning to sell her practice anyway), and I’m trying to help find out if she can obtain a licence in the VI without significant additional education or training. I will soon complete my PhD in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in China. Qualified dentists practicing and residing in countries outside of the US and Canada are offered the opportunity for guided study, attendance to lectures and seminars. But to get licensed in each state you will need both NBDE parts and the clinical exam for that state. Hi Tina, Search for 12 month/ 24month GPR programs on this website Kindly let me know the best solution. You may need to work full-time to get a limited faculty license in the state but it is one way to work without studying any further. Do refugees have any advantages/disadvantages? Clinical training is limited to observation and supervised chairside assisting in the setting of the Postdoctoral Specialty Programs in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. – I am currently working as a pediatric dentist, after completion of my postgraduation in august 2016, in Gujarat, India so around 1.5 years of clinical experience as a pediatric dentist I am now considering to resume it and I would like to know my choices up to this point…has things changed and there are really no more choices for GPR positions without greencard or permanent residence? I’d like to know, which states other than NY require you to go through a 1-year residency after completion of the international dentist program in order to obtain license to practice? Thank you for your insight. Asking for someone who is a dentist from Peru. I know Texas is a big one in that list. Ninety-nine percent of people contacting their insurances for participant dentists, will always choose the specialist over the general dentist!! Regarding My profile Is this correct? Thank you very much for you help and insight. Thank you so much for all the information you have provided. Some states specify just requiring 2 yr advanced education while some specify certain CODA approves specialties (which may or may not include Orofacial pain). hello doctor Meera i would like to know how important or valuable are externships /internships in getting called to a school for an interview.. You’ve mentioned that we have to take NBDE exams,so there in USA what are the refrences? I found out, that most of my friends were going through the same anxiety/depressive state! i just have a few questions I’m a student and when i finish school I’d like to move to the US, I have a few questions, it would really help me out if you answer them. Hello Dr.Mira: So if you plan on working in US, don’t waste your time or money elsewhere. No that I know. Shadowing/observerships/externships are best if the programs are in the Universities you are applying to or asking for recommendation letters from. We would be looking to work in the Bangor region. Please help . But it is also very competitive!!). Tnx alot for ur help. Hi Meera, Is the stipend able to cover for tuition fees. You an directly apply to AEGD/GPR programs Thank you so much. – I had also completed my own thesis research work named : ” Complete caries removal vs sealing caries using the hall’s technique in carious primary molars : A 12 months follow up in vivo clinical study” Thanks. Hi Dr. Thomas, And not as an American trained Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, but this did not mean that he could not do the procedures in his office? ur reply will be highly helpful. There is no obligatory 1-year clinical internship like it exists in some of the other countries. hello sir ..what is the procedure to work in usa( virginia state) after masters in dental surgery(mds), The same as any other state: i am 38 years of experience in General dentistry. Amaizing post, very helpful, and also seems you take time to asnwer everyones question or doubts. i was wondering if it will be possible for me to get admission into a good university to do ORAL PATHOLOGY speciality again that can further allow me to practice as an oral pathologist in the same state. This is a great site – thank you. Yes, the UCLA ACT Restorative program is not CODA approved. It’s a lot tougher, but possible for sure. I recently got my dental license in California, I’d like to do a specialty too, but I’m not sure, you know as a foreign dentist have been very hard to arrive at this point, for me is a complicated decision start working as a General Dentist or “fight ” for a post doctoral program…I’m no a teenager, time flies…..thanks in advance! I spoke to then over the phone and they are telling me that can only be registered as a dentist through DDS or a coda approved AEGD. I’m 38 years old now and that is one of the biggest factors that I fear.. have I missed the bus?! Any extra information would be greatly appreciated. This is an excellent post and I appreciate that you reply to so many questions! Hi Dr.Meera, OREGON 2 i would be modt grateful for any advice on 2yr AEGD course advice from? You can do this by joining an advanced standing program or a residency program. Faculty licenses are renewed on a yearly basis but unlike the limited license can be renewed indefinitely. I knew quite a number of Brazilian Dentists, who specialized in Pediatric Dentistry in Brazil or Argentina. I went to the ADA website to find information but the only thing I found were the requirements for students who went to school in Kansas and nothing specifically about foreign students. I would like to discuss my situation with you if at all possible. As far as I know , no AEGD or GPR gives you a DDS. In some States, a full-time faculty position would allow you to practice within the dental school with a faculty license. You will need a faculty job offer from a dental school first – contact the university and ask if they have faculty openings and will consider you as a potential candidate. I just wanted to say thank you for this amazing blog! Looking foward for your response, and thank you so much in advance. Do you know more about Maine, currently I’m.living there and I would like keep here. If he doesn’t mind practicing as a general dentist then that route will be the fastest. No, they don’t really care about the time frame. Did you have any issues finding a job/starting a practice in Texas having attended the specialty program in CA? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Isn’t it compulsory to do 2 years at a Canadian dental school in order to get a license? Thank you for your reply. Regarding licensure in IN after AEGD/GPR – the dentist license requirements only say you must complete a CODA approved program and does not specify that it should lead to a DDS/DMD degree. Thanks for your questions. Un Abrazo Mi Hermano Hispano y La Bendición De Nuestro Dios Adonai!! This is Patricia, I have been practicing in WA state for 9 years. So in Michigan, decide on one specialty and the IDP programs, not too many applications here and there. i heard a rumor and i was wondering about it? Encontre una lista de informacion de pasos a seguir para poder obtener la licencia de asistente dental que son los siguientes: OMFS is a 4 or 6 year track. I intend to get into the residency programme for dentistry. I also got my license in the Bahamas and joined an already existing group practice. , hello mam …what is the procedure to work in usa( virginia state) after masters in dental surgery(mds). Hi Mack, do you mind give me some light in faculty member. but it’s on the back of my mind and I will get to it hopefully. • Fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) Then you can apply for your Green card as well. The reason for this was, I always enjoyed research and teaching and I always had plans, that upon my retirement from practice (or partial retirement)? So from what I’ve gathered, if I did a one or two year GPR post in VA (for example) and then worked in VA for at least 5 years, NY state would accept my licensure through the reciprocal licensure scheme? He could not become a full member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons? Thank you in advance for all the help, I’ve seen you answering patiently to all the questions. All the best. Once you’ve completed the program, you would be eligible to take the licensure examination and then practice dentistry after. What other options I have to practice dentistry in U.S. Than advanced standing program? I hope this answers your question. http://www.foreigndentistinusa.com/foreign-trained-dentist-moving-usa/. Looking positive response to my queries.. have a nice day thankyou so much…. The NC dental board states that you must “graduate with a dental degree” meaning DDS…read the last part of the sentence you took from the website. Possiamo anche parlare in italiano. Best option would be to email or call the University you plan to attend and ask if your BDS will have enough pre-requisites for you to take the DAT exam or how to go about that. I am also trying for the same . This means that you need to have your both National Dental Boards and TOEFL as a minimum requirement!!! if so, could you please tell me the name of the universities. Each state has its own licensure requirements and application process. They may request an interview, along with submission of patient records, at their Minnesota office. https://www.cda.org/Portals/0/pdfs/licensure_overview.pdf, Only after 5 years of clinical experience (2yrs of specialty training can be included). Also, since he was performing only surgery in his private office. You’re Post is AMAZING!!! Permanent residents have more options regarding GPR and AEGD so that’s great. Hola muy buen sitio, gracias por toda la informacion. I would like to know which states accept residency programs AEGD, GPR or other specialty program as a way to get a dental license? My question is …. Programs at state schools sometimes provide a stipend but will be barely enough to cover your tuition (harder for foreign dentists to get into). If you could be kind enough to help me, guide me in right direction then it would be lifesaver for me. I want to continue my specialty program in USA after finishing my dental school im my country. Below is the link for that information. Very precise and clear..My wife is planning to apply for AEGD/GPR this year. Do you have any updates on your status. In this current year 2019, is there any change in the Dental board/law that would expedite our ability to perform our dental profession in the USA? I would advise you to contact ADA at http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/contact and ask them how to navigate the ADAT application. But there are only nine CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) approved and ADA recognized dental specialties – Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics. Wanted to know as how come you have MI dental license without DDS? No one is going to teach you or guide you like they would in an IDP program. It’s basically a board made up of 12 WA state licensed dentists who will decide on your case to see if you qualify for the WA license. I did the search in Caapid search for AEGD. I think NY is the only state which requires one year of GPR on top of the IDP. IDP/Advanced standing programs cost around 70,000 to 140,000 per year (most are 2-year programs).It becomes more expensive if you are attending school in expensive cities like NYC or LA or SF, where the living cost is much more then other schools. I think this is very good info missing on many forums. There are two pathways for graduates of non-accredited dental schools to become a certified dentist in Canada. Hope to hear from you soon! You are eligible for licensure by reciprocity in Tennessee. thank you very much for this information it has been very helpful. http://programpages.passweb.org/search. Of course, while I was working hard in Syracuse, New York. Their state website is unclear in whether I can apply for the licensure without a DDS. Log In. But why does an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon need to know how to actually perform obstetrics? NBDE part I pass. (Of their fees established via their contracts with the providing dentist and the policy holder). I’ve just finished grad school for orthodontics in Michigan after having studied dentistry in Germany. Also, will I have to take any additional examinations for California? You will be able to practice in California. I know Uconn, Puerto Rico and Rutgers School of Dental Medicien do; and UCONNUNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT if I am not mistaken and according to their webpage pays you a basic salary during those 2 years of residency even if you are international. I am not sure which state you are working in with the faculty license (which is a normal route for many foreign dentists and I have mentioned this route as a good option to many who do not want to study any further), but depending on the rules of that state, you may or may not be eligible for an unrestricted full license in that state. The most commonly asked questions are – How do I practice in the US? If you work for a group practice, before taking the job. All the best! Back in the 1980’s I believe it was, a general dentist licensed in the United States moved to Mexico for a number of years. Well, you have many awesome programs in the United Kingdom, India, Spain, Germany, and France. These dentists have had to sign an agreement, that they will go back to their country of origin after completing their training. Does the specialty program fulfill the educational requirement for licensure? To qualify for the WREB or NERB exam, you will need to get a letter from the state board specifying that you have completed a CODA approved dental program and will be eligible for licensure by the state. Ali, la vida tiene muchas vueltas y uno nunca sabe el futuro que vas a tener? There is one year of OPT within which you apply for the H1b lottery. And then will i be able to get the visa through lottery only? One advantage of having a degree from Canada is, that a Canadian dental degree is totally reciprocal in Australia, New Zealand , Belize, India, Malaysia, Singapore, etc. Also, how important do my past grades weigh on my admittance (ex. So Dr. Ali, is a great question. What should I do to be in the dental program. Let me know the pathway she followed I am a dentist from India. Thank you so much as many people like suffered for years to get these valuable informations.Actually i did an AEGD program at Boston University back in 1999 and went back to my country Lebanon.Now i am 44 and wish to move with my family back to the USA.I have 2 questions please: Check the State Dental Board website of the state you are looking to settle in and check what their requirements are. I want to know if I can apply for a GPR program without a permanent US residency and after I finish it pursue for a US residency. All specialties will be open to you to apply after graduating from a DDS program. So there is stiff competition to get into these programs. So if you have been dreaming of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and have never been accepted into a residency in the United States or Canada? They are not going to pay you more than what they have to or can get away with. You are doing such a fantastic job by helping all the internationals! Tengo una duda que no he podido aclarar aun, soy odontologa mexicana y me gustaria trabajar en el paso texas primero como asistente dental para posteriormente inscribirme en el college para higienista dental. Given all this and the fact that she will take her NBDE exams and clinical exam, would she still need to complete a 2 year US dental degree to be able to practice in Pennsylvania ? Thank you sooo much for your kindness. He is willing to sell his practice it to a licensed Dentist who wishes to live in the country and grow the practice. Hi Meera I was going through some information on indeed that a FTD (Foreign trained dentist) can become Hygienist without having to go school and taking directly state exam and some other exam. 1-What are the states where i can work with the fastest time the less exams. I would strongly suggest to keep looking up for each state individually. This is by far the most comprehensive piece of information i have found so far on the subject anywhere on the internet. ~ Wyly Steeves Dental Assistant. Thanks for replying. I know the dental school in New Jersey does accept international graduates, but remember you will be limited in the states where you can practice. http://www.foreigndentistinusa.com/foreign-trained-dentist-practice-usa/ Is it possible to connect to a resource that can confirm this rule? To my knowledge, Michigan also allows speciality practice after you complete 2-3 yrs speciality program. Call them in the meantime, I once got an answer when I called. We just have to wait and see what changes in the future about this law. First I want to thank you on this helpful / informative blog and your amazing effort to reply to all Texas: https://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Dentist-in-Texas foreign-trained dentist), the applicant is not entitled to take the examinations until he or she completes additional educational requirements. Do you mean the state of New York? The only real advantage that U.S. Citizens trained abroad have is that they don’t have to worry about dealing with immigration issues. Hi, He has been practicing for over 10 years and is involved in many volunteer programs like Operation Smile and AOCMF. You’ve summarised everything so well, and made my life so much easier! Hello, Dear Dr Meera She also writes how some states have different options: In some states, a general practice residency or other advanced education program (advanced education in general dentistry or specialty training) is accepted in lieu of a dental degree or certificate of completion. I would certainly appreciate your response also on my email. L’altra possibilità e lavorare a l’università per due a cinque anni e obtenire un DDS lavorando da faculty (you can make a deal with the university). I tried applying to some of the advanced standing programs and Aegd programs here. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The most you can get out of them, is to have you registered on their website as a specialist. i have to give nbde exam ? I know there is a KAPLAN has a prep course online, here’s the website (https://www.kaptest.com/nbde). Also, do you recommend going for the two years IDP program or a full 4 years dental school? I want to know what I have to do to get a permission to practice Orthodontics in USA? She is looking to move back to the US but is unsure what is the best route for her. I appreciate you so much for creating this blog to explain all the options for foreigned trained dentists! Thank you, it is very useful information. Let me share my story with you and hopefully make the transition smoother for you. Thank you so much for your time! And also can i work der on h4 visa? The program is specifically designed for foreign dentists. Unfortunately, cant help you there. Hi HF, post-graduation is not required but clinical work experience and some US-based experience is always helpful. Which can allow me to practice in VA. All the US states except for Delaware, Florida, Hawaii and Nevada allow licensure by reciprocity at some point. You will have to go through a CODA approved IDP, GPR, AEGD or specialty program. will a diploma after NBDE help me with the practice or should I get my dds to proceed. Dr. Fox writes that a foreign trained dentist in USA receives credit for the education received in his/her country: Internationally trained dentists can complete a U.S.-based predoctoral program and earn a DDS or DMD degree, sometimes in less time than it takes U.S. students. 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