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The Health Resources and Services Administration and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health have formed the National Dental Training Center for Primary Interdisciplinary Care Educators.

We are looking to partner with academic dental institutions to invest in and assist junior faculty with advancement potential. Working together, we will enable them to achieve high-level careers in academic, evidence-based dentistry, as well as equip them to advance the development of other faculty at your institutions.

The long term goal of the program is to support the career development of junior dental faculty teaching in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry or public health dentistry, and help shape their ability to become leaders in primary care dentistry and as clinical educators.Dr. Ghanem teaching residents

The immediate goals are to recruit and train six Primary Interdisciplinary Care (PIC) Fellows based at their home institutions, who, over a two-year cycle, will commit 55% protected time to their training. This cycle will be repeated with six additional Fellows (12 total). The home institution will receive $75,000 annually to support its Fellow through a sub-contract with the Training Center. The Fellow also receives Training Center funding to accommodate mandatory attendance to the ADEA conference and other expenses, e.g., visits to Rochester, NY. Each home institute will appoint a Site Principal Investigator.

The education and training will consist of on-line formal courses leading to an Advanced Certificate in Education for Health Professionals, select Public Health Sciences courses, and courses in systematic reviews and scientific writing.  Additionally, the Fellows will spend three weeks annually at the University of Rochester. Each week will include intensive seminars on career development and interdisciplinary primary care topics. An important component of the Fellowship is career development with a home institution mentor supported by the Center’s faculty.

Please review the following documents that explain the program in greater detail:

Key Information: Primary Interprofessional Care Educator Fellowship

PIC Fellows Education and Training Summary

PIC Responsibilities of Sub-Awardees

The Program begins September 1, 2022. Dean nominations for a Primary Interprofessional Care Fellowship are being accepted until February 28. 

Selection criteria include: a fulltime dental school academic position at the Assistant Professor or Lecturer level, a clinical focus in general practice (GPR or AEGD preferred), pediatric dentistry, or public health (community) dentistry, and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Additional criteria include the Dean’s nomination and Department Chair Assessment , with a statement that a primary mentor will devote at least three hours a month one-on-one with the Fellow, the candidate’s academic Curriculum Vitae and a one-page candidate statement composed of mid- and long-term career goals, patient population(s) of particular clinical interest, and his/her objectives for participating in the PIC Fellowship.

Nominations of candidates from rural, disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented minorities are encouraged.

We kindly request that all the application documents be uploaded together on the Apply page from the Dean's office.

Questions? We welcome phone and Zoom consultations. Contact either:   

 Walter Psoter, DDS, PhD 

 Sean McLaren, DDS           

Thank you for considering this valuable opportunity for faculty development and advancing dental primary care.