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 EducationClinical Observation Program     September 16, 2014  

DDS Program



Clinical Observation Program

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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. 



Established in 1892, the School of Dental Medicine continues to educate general practitioners, specialists and biomedical scientists in the art and science of oral health through our comprehensive accredited programs.


The tradition of practicing dentists taking time to teach is as old as dentistry itself; the central role of practitioners as faculty is as old as the earliest organized dental schools.


As a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the University at Buffalo is committed to discovery, both basic and applied research, development and scholarship particularly related to oral health and disease.


Since 1997 the UB Dental has operated a mobile dental unit (MDU) serving Chautauqua County in Western New York. The MDU averages approximately 3,100 patient visits per year. Information call 716-560-5127.



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The UB Smile Team promotes dental education and provides free oral health care in areas of the world that lack adequate access to treatment. 

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