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International Endodontic Fellowship Program

International Endodontic Fellowship Program / Non-Employee Clinical Fellow (NECF) Program in Advanced Endodontics for Foreign-Trained Dentists

The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry offers a formal, short-term (1 year) educational experience for foreign-trained dentists who live and practice dentistry outside of the United States.

Program Purpose

To purpose of this program is to provide an educational experience in Endodontics for foreign-trained dentists who have a desire to enhance their awareness and understanding of this advanced education area of oral health care. Through this interactive relationship with the NECF, our Endodontics program will also thrive and prosper as a renowned academic and clinical program.

Program Description

The NECF program was developed for international dentists who wish to visit the United States, or more specifically, Texas A&M College of Dentistry, to gain exposure to modern dental practices and enhance their awareness and understanding of an advanced education area of oral health care. It is available to foreign-trained dentists who live and practice dentistry outside of the United States.

The NECF will only be allowed to observe the various clinical procedures in the Endodontic graduate clinic, with strictly no patient contact. They may be allowed to attend select graduate courses and seminars, provided approval is granted by the Course Director and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. They will have extensive opportunities for individual consultation with the departmental faculty.

Length of Program

One year as J1 Exchange Visitor (family may accompany the NECF, as J2s)

Benefits to the Foreign-Trained Dentist

This NECF program offers many benefits to foreign-trained dentists, including:

  • diverse Endodontics program, with exposure to advanced procedures
  • exposure to the U.S. dental educational system
  • expand participant knowledge of Endodontics through clinical observation and didactic participation
  • observe and become familiar with contemporary endodontic treatments
  • reasonable cost of living in Dallas, Texas

Admissions Requirements for all Applicants:

  • Application form (please send request to Dr. S. Poorya Jalali by email - jalali@tamu.edu)
  • Certificate of dental degree (e.g.: DDS, DMD, BDS)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Cover Letter - Statement describing yourself, your goals, interests, and the scope of activities you intend to engage in with the host faculty at Texas A&M
  • Three letters of recommendation - sent directly to the Program Director from three faculty or dentists  (can be sent in hard copy or as an email)
  • Proof of English language proficiency - TOEFL scores are required (the school’s code is 6003). There is no overall score required. However, the minimum is 18 for Speaking and 16 for Listening. If your scores are below these minimums, you must take an English-language course, in your home country, which is at least six months in length. Documents confirming the length of the program and your completion of the program must be included with your application. Should you be accepted into the Non-Employee Clinical Fellowship and upon arrival it is determined that you would benefit from additional English-language training, we will modify your program to allow time to attend those classes at an off-site location.
  • Application Due Date - applications may be accepted throughout the year)
  • Screening interview – Scheduled by interview by Program Director, typically via SKYPE
  • Notice of Acceptance - variable
  • Cost of the Program: $20,000 Annual Fee 

Upon approval at the departmental level, Endodontics will contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for assistance and information regarding documentation required to officially accept an NECF. All required documentation must be completed and then approved by University administration before the immigration documents. NECFs will be approved for a maximum period of two years.