Track I - Dual Degree Information:

The DMD/PhD program prepares students for an exciting career in dental academics through an innovative integrated clinician scientist training program. Students in the program are allowed to apply credits earned in both dental and graduate school towards a specialized program earning both a DMD degree and a PhD degree in a biomedical science.

Sequence of the DMD/PhD Program:

  • Completion of at least two years of graduate school coursework and requirements including graduate school qualification examinations and dissertation proposal defense maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.
  • Receive a positive recommendation for transition into the dental school's curriculum by the DMD/PhD Advisory Committee

Important Points:

  • Generally it is anticipated that the DMD and PhD degrees will be awarded within the same year upon completion of all dental and graduate school requirements
  • Duration of the program is expected to be 7.0 years; however students with strong prior research experience have completed the program in 6 years.
  • If a student is accepted into the DMD/PhD program and chooses not to complete the PhD training program, they will be required to re-apply to the School of Dentistry for admission as a traditional DMD candidate.
  • Students enrolled in the DMD/PhD training program are eligible for funding through an individual NIDCR supported F-30 Training Award.

Track II - Pre Doctoral Information:

The UAB-SOD Dental Academic Research Training (DART) Program, a predoctoral, dual degree and postdoctoral coordinated mentored research fellowship-training program in oral health discoveries.

The DART Pre-doctoral Training Program will prepare its fellows for a career in academic research in either Basic Science or Clinical Dental Research.

Applicable to all Pre doctoral Fellows in the DART Training Program:

  • The DART Training Program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Stipend, tuition and travel support are provided, according to NIH guidelines.
  • Pre-doctoral Training appointments are for a maximum of five years. They are funded through National Research Services Awards T90’s supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Traditional Pre-doctoral Training:

  • Pre-doctoral fellows in basic or clinical research will be eligible for support from this Training Grant on admission to one of the faculty member’s laboratories for mentor-based basic laboratory research training.
  • Attend the IOHR Seminars and the School of Dentistry Scholars Symposium.
  • Attend a Scientific Writing Series offered on the UAB campus.

Track III - Foreign Trained Dentist and Track IV – Postdoctoral:

The DART POST-doctoral Training Program will prepare its fellows for a career in academic research in either Basic Science or Clinical Dental Research. Funding is provided from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Training Program:

  • Postdoctoral fellows in basic or translational research will be eligible for support from this Training Grant on admission to one of the faculty member’s laboratories with federal funding for mentor-based research training and to develop an independent project.
  • Trainee participation in all DART program activities is required.
  • Participation in the Academic Career Club
  • Attend the Scientific Writing Series
  • Presentation of an abstract at the School of Dentistry’s Scholars’ Symposium
  • Attend a Grant writing program
  • Students are expected to submit an NIH individual fellowship application (F32 or K99/R00) during the period of their support.

Support:

  • Funding for Post-Doctoral Trainees is supported through an NIDCR T-90 Institutional Training Grant.
  • NIH stipend support based on years’ post-degree renewable for up to 3 years, with annual review.
  • Partial coverage of tuition, and health insurance fees.
  • Travel support to attend meetings.