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Indiana University School of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics


About the Scholarship Center

As the only dental school in the State of Indiana, Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) offers an extraordinary learning environment in which teaching, research, and community service come together in the best possible way for the preparation of tomorrow’s dental professionals.

The school is located in the heart of Indianapolis, the state capital. It is situated on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, one of eight in the IU system. In addition to the School of Dentistry, the IUPUI campus is home to the world-renowned IU Medical School and the IU Health academic health center. Dental school faculty have strong collaborative ties with physicians and scientists in the medical center facilities.
IUSD is one of the oldest dental schools in the US. It was founded as the Indiana Dental College in 1879 and was acquired by Indiana University in 1925. In 1933 the dental school moved into a new building on the current site. Today the school is composed of the original building plus two major additions – the first addition was dedicated in 1962 and the second a decade later. A state-of-the-art third addition, the James Fritts Clinical Care Center, is in progress and due for completion and opening in early 2018.

Indiana University School of Dentistry continues to embrace an innovative and contemporary attitude designed to graduate dental professionals in all disciplines who are prepared for the unique practice environment of today and tomorrow. The IU School of Dentistry currently has more than 12,500 alumni who are pursuing careers throughout the United States and in more than 30 other countries. The school has more than 280 faculty members contributing to IUSD’s teaching, research and service programs.

In addition to the dental school, services are provided at several other patient care facilities, including the pediatric dentistry clinic at Riley Outpatient Center, which is part of IU’s acclaimed Riley Hospital for Children; the dental and oral surgery clinics at University Hospital and the Health Science Building; as well as at Cottage Grove and Grassy Creek, two clinics located in community centers.

The clinical dentistry program at IU is one of the strongest in the country, gathering its strength from traditions in educational excellence, and drawing on a patient population of in excess of 31,000. The combined clinics provide more than 117,000 appointments for patients annually.


Overview of clinical activities during the Scholarship year

The ITI Scholar will participate in the following clinical activities:

  • Clinical patient care services
    • Treating patients under faculty supervision
      • Interdisciplinary treatment planning
      • Placement of implants
      • Restoration of implants
      • Laboratory and associated procedures associated with treatment
    • Observation of clinical patient treatment
    • Assisting in patient treatment
    • Oral hygiene procedures and maintenance
  • Research activities
    • Development and coordinated involvement with existing center activities
    • Where practical, individual mentored research activities

The Scholar's time will be allocated to the activities below as follows (estimate):

  • 70% patient care
  • 30% research

The Department of Prosthodontics and the Center for Implant, Esthetic and Innovative Dentistry are responsible for coordinating the didactic and clinical aspects of the Scholarship program. This is in addition to responsibilities for predoctoral, postdoctoral and (post/graduate) implant dentistry. The Department of Prosthodontics assumes responsibility for the ITI Scholarship Program with the school, although the Departments of OMFS and Periodontics will be involved in all aspects of research and clinical activity. The program has a strong commitment to collaboration between departments and within the ITI Scholarship program. With a focus on translational research within IUSD, qualified ITI Scholars will be provided with a focused research opportunity.
ITI Scholars will be expected to work in harmony with faculty and residents. ITI Scholars may anticipate exposure to and direct clinical experience with a range of treatment indications for completely and partially edentulous patients, patients with elevated esthetic demands, and patients requiring a range of adjunctive procedures including augmentation.

Applicants with US CODA accredited advanced graduate education in periodontics, prosthodontics or other significant restorative dentistry experience are preferred. The ability to treat patients is reliant upon the granting of an appropriate Indiana license.

The ITI Scholarship program at IUSD has a contemporary approach to the use of digital technologies in implant dentistry, with virtual implant planning, computer-guided surgery, intraoral digital scanning and CAD/CAM prosthesis fabrication. The ITI Scholarship program will also promote the Scholar’s knowledge and skill in implementing new and innovative techniques in their teaching and presentation practices.


Special requirements for this Scholarship Center

Applicants must hold a valid TOEFL or IELTS certificate (no older than two years) as proof of proficiency in English for non-native-English speakers by the beginning of the ITI Scholarship program. Applicants are recommended to have a cumulative score of: 100 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or 7 overall band score on the IELTS. The State of Indiana may provide limited licenses for appropriately credentialed candidates, allowing for the provision of clinical services under faculty supervision. The right to provide patient care under supervision is regulated by the Board of Dentistry, State of Indiana. Upon acceptance into the Scholarship Program, successful applicants must apply for and receive an appropriate visa, limited dental license, and malpractice insurance at their own expense. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon the receipt of the appropriate visa and immigration status (for example, J-1 visa), and the right to come to work and study in the United States is determined by U.S. Immigration laws. All living expenses while in the United States will be the responsibility of the Scholar.

Contact details

Chair: Prof. Dr. Dean Morton
Co-Chairs: Dr. Wei-Shao Lin & Dr. Waldemar Polido
Indiana University School of Dentistry - IUSD
1121 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: [email protected]