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Stephen Mitchell, D.M.D., M.S.
Director / Professor
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Rama Kiran Chavali, B.D.S., M.S.
Codirector / Associate Professor
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  • How many people are accepted each year?

    Up to 24.

  • How long is the program, and when does it end?

    This is a 30-month program. The program starts in the spring term, which begins the first week in January, and is 5 terms long. The first preparatory term involves preclinical training, classroom sessions, and small group seminars. Students then complete 2 years in clinical training integrated with traditional track students. Students graduate in early June.

  • Can I take the Alabama board exam after completing the program?

    Once you complete the program, you are eligible to take most state or regional licensing exams in the US or Canada, including the exams accepted for Alabama licensure. Slight variations exist from state to state, so you may wish to check with individual states to confirm eligibility.

  • Is the GPA the most important thing?

    No. We are striving for a diverse group of students with a variety of clinical backgrounds. Work experience, research experience, and interview skills are all important, as well as grades.

  • Do I need to take the DAT or the GRE?

    These are not required for admission; however, if you have DAT or GRE scores you may include these in your application.

  • Do I need to take the ADAT?

    The ADAT is not required for admission; however, if you have taken the ADAT you may include this score in your application.

  • What other items are of importance to the Admissions Committee?

    Many things, including but not limited to: letters of evaluation, your personal statement, your CV, your interview, extracurricular activities, knowledge of dentistry as a career, and work history.

  • Do I need to have private practice experience to be considered?

    No. We consider applicants who have just completed dental school.

  • If I get accepted, when will I hear?

    Letters of acceptance for the program are generally extended 1-2 months after the bench test.

  • What is the difference between a D.M.D. degree and a D.D.S degree?

    D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degrees are equivalent degrees. The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry awards the D.M.D. degree.

  • Is a bench test required?

    Yes. This will be scheduled following the application deadline.

  • What is the TOEFL requirement?

    Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL internet-based test (iBT). A minimum 94 iBT score and a score of 20 or above in each of the four skill areas is required. (Suggested 100 iBT score or above to be competitive.) TOEFL scores more than two years old are not accepted.

    UAB SOD accepts the Home Edition of the TOEFL.

  • What types of VISAs give eligibility to apply for this program?

    All applicants with citizenship, green card, or legal visa status in the US are eligible to apply. Applicants currently possessing a B1/B2 or F2/M2 visa must change their visa status to F1 prior to enrolling. Eligible applicants will be evaluated on their professional merit and not visa status. Applicants outside the US will likely require a F1 student visa to pursue their program. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific questions about your visa type and eligibility to study in the US. Applicant's visa status should allow them time to complete the program.

Contact Us

IDP Program Inquiries

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(205) 934-5234

Stephen Mitchell, D.M.D., M.S.
Director / Professor
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SDB 322J
(205) 934-1136

Rama Kiran Chavali, B.D.S., M.S.
Codirector / Associate Professor
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SDB 604
(205) 934-9722