Background and General Information
The Section of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry offers the opportunity for predoctoral dental students from other dental schools to spend up to two weeks in Columbus, OH, in activities related to Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health. This opportunity is a non-funded, voluntary program, offering no academic credit through the Ohio State University.
The goal of the program is to provide students a broad-based exposure to the essential clinical components of contemporary Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health under the supervision of trained specialty faculty.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Homa Amini, Clinic Director, Columbus Children’s Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Section of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health at the OSU College of Dentistry to express their interest. Students must be in good standing at their respective institutions and provide a letter from the appropriate dental school official (1) attesting to their standing, (2) providing permission for participation in the externship as a bona fide part of the curriculum and indicating liability coverage, and (3) indicating the student’s fitness and compliance with health regulations. Students who wish to participate in the program must comply with the above requirements. The student must be able to begin the program on a Monday in order to participate in the weekly dental student orientation.
Interested applicants should allow at least six months to complete the process. The initial contact should be followed by a letter from the applicant and the letter from his or her institution as described above. Upon receipt of these, the applicant will be contacted and the dates of externship established. The applicant will receive a letter of acceptance that identifies the dates and provides necessary information.
Accommodations, Transportation, and Other Logistic Considerations
Students will need to secure their own lodging for the time they are in the program, and options for short-term stay locations nearby the hospital will be provided. Students can elect to use public transportation, but a personal car is recommended for convenience. Meals and other costs incurred during the externship are the responsibility of the student. All clinical supplies and instruments will be provided.
The program offers a set of experiences that will acquaint the student with all aspects of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health. Children’s Hospital is the primary site of the externship and students will have the schedule listed below. The experiences are the following:
§ Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Clinic: Students will treat patients suitable for care by a predoctoral level dental student. When available, a dental assistant will be provided for the student extern, skilled in four-handed dentistry
§ Cleft Palate Clinic: Students will observe orthodontic and restorative care of children with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial abnormalities
§ Sedation: Students will participate in the oral sedation of patients and assist in monitoring and recording of clinical data
§ Trauma: Students will observe care of patients who have experienced oral-facial trauma
§ General Anesthesia: Students will assist attending faculty in the operating room during the provision of dental care under general anesthesia
§ Emergency Clinic: Students will assist the assigned resident in triage and treatment of dental emergencies
In addition, students can elect to stay on call with the assigned on-call resident to assist in the emergency department clinic. Students may also observe any treatment done in the clinic during their externship.
Additional Requirements and Information
Students are expected to be present for the entire period of their externship. Patients are scheduled well in advance and it is not possible to change the week of externship once it has been determined. Students will adhere to the rules and regulations of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and Columbus Children’s Hospital while in the externship. Students should provide personal and home dental school contact information upon arrival, in case of emergency. An evaluation of the student’s performance can be obtained if needed to fulfill externship requirements from the home institution.
Primary Program Faculty
The program will expose students to a number of full- and part-time faculty representing academic and practice Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health. The three faculty members who are primarily based at the hospital are:
Paul S. Casamassimo, DDS, MS Professor and Chair, Section of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health (614) 722-5651 firstname.lastname@example.org
Homa Amini, DDS, MS, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinic Director (614) 722-5651 email@example.com
All program inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Homa Amini. The mailing address for the program is: Department of Dentistry, Columbus Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH 43205