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Dental Scientist Training Program

Additional information about the DST program is located in the College of Graduate Studies section of this Bulletin.

The Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP) is designed to facilitate the development of superior students into individuals who can provide innovative leadership required by the dental sciences.  The program allows attainment of both the D.M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.  The DSTP begins with 1 year of dental school, followed by ~4 years of research, and then the final 3 years of the dental school curriculum. This paradigm helps students concentrate on their research and/or clinical work for better retention and offers a more satisfactory blend of academic and patient experiences. 

The DSTP is one of the training initiatives under the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine’s Training in Craniofacial and Oral Health Research (T-COHR) program. The overarching objective of T-COHR is to foster the development of clinician scientists and scientists focused on oral, dental and craniofacial research. T-COHR provides strong curriculum and thematic research experiences in an integrative framework that emphasizes mentoring, scientific advancement, academic career development, grantsmanship and productivity. T-COHR is an integral part of the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR), a University Center of Research Excellence in the College of Dental Medicine that engages faculty and trainees in other disciplines and departments in the Colleges of Medicine, Graduate Studies, Nursing and Dental Medicine at MUSC, the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University, and the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC. Integrative activities include College of Dental Medicine Scholars Day, monthly Enrichment Meetings, an Oral Health Journal Club, Oral Health Seminar Series, quarterly Lunch and Learn seminars focused on career development, and didactic instruction through courses designed specifically for T-COHR trainees.

Last Published with Edits:July 14, 2015 3:28 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2015

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