“We already had a really good program for training basic scientists,”
“So as part of the clinical translational science program on campus, we’re developing combined clinical training with master’s training in clinical research,” he continued. “UIC already has an MD/MS program, and now there will be a second clinical translational science program with dentistry as the main component.
“We look at this as training our clinical faculty of the future, so they can be productive scholars and clinical researchers, as well as good teachers, and so they will be able to translate the findings in our laboratories back to the everyday treatment of patients,” Dr. Marucha said.
Students will get a DMD from the College of Dentistry, and an MS from the School of Public Health. In the SPH, the program will be directed by Dr. Jack Zwanziger, Professor and Director of the Division of Health Policy and Administration.
“It’s a five-year program that consists of didactic components and a research project that will give participants the skills to become clinical researchers,”
The program is necessary because “doing clinical research is not the same as being a clinician,” Dr. Marucha explained. “You have to have the skills to be able to design a good clinical experiment, and people have not always been taught the skills to design scientific approaches that result in good clinical studies. In addition, there are a lot of regulatory and administrative aspects of doing clinical research in which we need to provide training.”
Those who complete the program will be qualified to join faculties of dental schools. “We expect that their research will be in areas relevant to general dentistry, such as caries research and outcomes research,” Dr. Marucha said. “Some, however, will go into a specialty too, and they will be better able to advance research in that clinical specialty. So they actually can launch their clinical research career at a more advanced level once thy have completed a specialty.”
For more information, contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Research the UIC College of Dentistry at (312) 413-1160.
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The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry offers a DMD degree; certificates and degrees in dental specialties;