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About the Program

The Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and is designed to help prepare superior students for leadership roles in the fast-changing world of dental research. It allows students to earn both the D.M.D. and Ph.D. degrees simultaneously by integrating the best qualities of the dental and graduate programs into a comprehensive academic sequence of training in clinical and research areas.

NOTE: Timeline subject to change, depending on progress and student qualifications.

The MUSC program begins with a year of dental school education focused on the scientific foundations of dentistry followed by a year which continues the dental education necessary for doing well on Part I of the National Boards while at the same time beginning the graduate education component. Years 3 and 4 are focused solely on graduate education and research, followed by the final three years of dental clinical education and experience. This timeline helps students concentrate their research and clinical work for better retention and a more satisfying blend of academic and patient experiences.

In addition, the DMST program has partnered with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Division of Intramural Research to provide additional training opportunities for program participants. This "Partnership in Dental Education Program" with the NIDCR allows Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program students to obtain research experience at the NIDCR intramural laboratories at the NIH campus. In addition, the Partnership Program provides Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program students the opportunity to perform their thesis research in collaboration with NIDCR scientists. This may be either via collaboration with the NIDCR researcher(s) while the student remains on the MUSC campus, or directly at an intramural NIDCR research laboratory on NIH campus. This partnership program provides Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program students with a unique perspective on oral health research both from an academic, as well as national perspective.

Stipends and Reduced Tuition

A $23,000 yearly stipend is standard and health insurance is also covered by the program. In addition tuition is greatly reduced throughout all years of the program regardless of a participant's state of residency. Given Charleston's moderate cost of living and exceptional quality of life, this offers DMST participants a strong financial foundation for academic growth and personal satisfaction. Applicants need not be South Carolina residents.


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