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School welcomes new cohort of internationally trained dentists2 min read

April 2, 2021

School welcomes new cohort of internationally trained dentists2 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 2, 2021 – Twenty dentists from eight countries formally began the school’s Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITDP) in January and the school recently held an informal White Coat Ceremony to welcome the new students.

A video of the event was shared with the class members and their family and friends.

Since the dental school created the program in 2005 to meet a growing demand, the ITDP has drawn dentists from around the world to further their dental education. The newest cohort includes 12 dentists from India, two from Egypt and one each from Brazil, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Syria and Venezuela.

The international dentists have graduated from dental schools in their home countries, but need additional training and credentials to practice in the U.S. A few have been living in the U.S. prior to enrolling, but many come directly from their native countries. They attend the dental school full time for 28 months, starting with a specialized ITDP curriculum for a few months, then join an existing class of dental students for its final two years.

This latest ITDP cohort will graduate with the school’s Class of 2023.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.