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About the Scholarship Center
The University of Michigan ITI Scholarship Center program is housed in the School of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. A great deal of clinical expertise in implant dentistry exists in this Department and it maintains a number of ongoing clinical and pre-clinical research projects in implant dentistry, periodontics and restorative dentistry. In addition, the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine is highly integrative and fosters interdisciplinary care through close collaboration with the disciplines of prosthodontics, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. This integrative philosophy to comprehensive patient care is central to the Department and a significant factor in the success of the dental implant program at this Center.
Overview of clinical activities during the Scholarship year
The ITI Scholar will participate in the following clinical activities:
- Treatment planning sessions
- Observing clinical patient treatment
- Assisting in patient treatment
- Treatment patients under supervision
- placing implants
- restoring implants
- bone/soft tissue augmentation procedures
The Scholar's time will be allocated to the activities below as follows (estimate):
- 15% patient care
- 75% research
- 10% didactic
ITI Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of surgical and restorative care, from the initial consultation and treatment planning through post-restoration maintenance and care. ITI Scholars will also be expected to become actively involved in all areas of care and research related to the field of implant dentistry and bone regeneration. ITI Scholars will be expected to participate in clinical and/or laboratory based research project(s) during their time at the Scholarship Center. The University of Michigan has particular expertise in the areas of regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and implant dentistry.
The ITI Scholar will participate in implant-related multi-disciplinary seminars with faculty of the School of Dentistry and work closely together with the graduate students, post-graduate students, and fellows in periodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. These unique interdisciplinary experiences will further enhance the ITI Scholar's cognitive and clinical skills.
Special requirements for this Scholarship Center
The right to come to work and study in the United States is determined by U.S. Immigration laws. The right to provide the full range of supervised treatment and care to the patients, including surgical and prosthodontic care, is regulated by the licensing authority, the State of Michigan Board of Dentistry. Once accepted by the ITI with proof of funding, the successful ITI Scholar must apply for an appropriate visa for the United States. For further information in regard to the visa application, please contact the University of Michigan, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, directly.
The Scholarship Center requires a minimal level of implant surgical placement experience. Applicants must hold a TOEFL or IELTS certificate as proof of proficiency in English for non-native-English speakers by the beginning of the ITI Scholarship program as this is a prerequisite for obtaining the limited license necessary to work with patients. The language certificate must be valid (no older than two years) at the time of application for the limited license. The ITI Scholar is responsible for organizing and providing the required language certificate.