The Clinical Observation Program allows individuals interested in pursuing a career track in dentistry the opportunity to observe clinical care delivery by predoctoral students, post graduate residents and faculty within the dental clinics of the School of Dental Medicine (SDM). The Clinical Observation Program is intended to enhance participants’ understanding of the clinical care delivery component of the profession of dentistry. Through personal communication with dental students and residents, participants may gain a better appreciation for the individual qualities that lend themselves to the practice of dentistry.
The Clinical Observation Program is limited to students or graduates of post-secondary schools of education. Preference is given to University at Buffalo undergraduate students who are intending to pursue a DDS program, and graduates of any college or university who are contemplating a career change to dentistry. Internationally trained dentists are not eligible to participate in this program.
Clinic Observation Times and Locations
Site selection and hours will be determined during the interview appointment with the Associate Dean for Student, Community and Professional Initiatives. Based on the individualized interests of the applicants, an observation may range from four to eight clinic sessions and be based in any of the SDM affiliated clinics. Clinical Observation Program Hours are Monday through Friday during the clinic sessions held from 9am-12pm, and 1pm-4pm during the SDM academic year.
Observation will be limited to no more than two students during any interval. Participation is further limited to two consecutive semesters.
Application & Selection Process
Admission to the COP program is a highly competitive three stage process.
Stage 1: All applicants to the program must complete the online application form, which will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Student, Community and Professional Initiatives.
Stage 2: Interviews, granted by invitation only, will be conducted by the Associate Dean for Student, Community, and Professional Initiatives.
Stage 3: Selected applicants will be invited to complete required clinical clearance requirements including a Health Screening Form and online training courses for HIPAA and Infection Control.