Dental Public Health Residency Application
The Dental Public Health Residency application can be requested by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at the address provided in the previous paragraph. Applicants are advised to send all required materials as early as possible to allow a complete and timely review. Applications must be complete to be considered for a position in the residency. The application and accompanying information should be sent to the Residency Director.
A completed application consists of:
- Application form with recent photograph. The dental school application form should be completed accurately and include a recent photograph.
- Statement of Career Objectives. The dental school personal statement of career objectives should be brief (no more than one page) and describe the candidate's plans after completion of the residency. Please include a description of how the DPH residency will help to achieve the candidate's career goals. Indicate a research area of interest that the candidate would like to pursue during the residency.
- Curriculum Vita. The vita provides a summary of your educational and employment experiences.
- Letters of Recommendation. Letters from three persons with whom the candidate had an educational or work relationship. These individuals should be able to describe the candidate's suitability for the residency, dedication to task and ability to synthesize information. The letters should be sent under separate cover to the Residency Director at the address provided previously.
- Review of a Dental Public Health Topic. The candidate should prepare a 1,000-word review of the literature describing any topic in dental public health. The essay should reflect the candidate’s interest or previous experience. References should be included in the last page with accurate citations noted in the text. The review of the literature provides the committee with an understanding of the candidate's written communication skills and knowledge of public health.
- Official TOEFL Score Report. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language need to provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English, including comprehension, speaking and writing. English proficiency is necessary to participate in seminars, write the research protocols and reports, and interact with faculty, staff, patients, and community leaders.
- Official Transcripts. Transcripts are to be sent from all undergraduate and graduate schools that the candidate attended, including the School of Dentistry and the School of Public Health. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope directly from the university registrar. Transcripts provided in a language other than English must be accompanied with an English translation and certified by a licensed credentialing service. Transcripts should be sent to the Program Director. The address is provided in the following paragraph. Copies and faxes are not acceptable.
Ask that each institution of higher education send an official transcript to:
David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Dental School, Mail Code 7914
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX. 78229-3900
Screening and Selection
The Dental Public Health (DPH) Residency Committee will convene to conduct a preliminary review of the applications. Applications cannot be reviewed if deemed incomplete by the Residency Director. Competitive candidates will be invited for an interview by the Residency Committee and key departmental faculty who are involved in residency training. The interview process provides the applicant with an opportunity to evaluate the program and provides the committee with the ability to evaluate the candidate’s intellectual curiosity, career objectives and goals, and suitability for the program. Following the interview process, the Residency Committee will discuss each candidate’s qualifications and the Residency Director will make the selection with input from the committee. Following this meeting, the Residency Director will notify candidates of the disposition of their application.
Notification of Acceptance
Formal notification of acceptance will be made in writing to the candidate at the address provided on the dental school application. Acceptance will not be made over the telephone.
Additional Materials Required After Acceptance
Once accepted into the residency, the Office of the Registrar, we require that the following information be provided prior to matriculation into the program. The Residency Director will provide the candidate with additional instructions after admission into the program.
- Each candidate will need to provide proof of immunization. If the candidate requires additional immunizations, the candidate will have to obtain required immunizations at his/her expense and demonstrate proof prior to the start of their program.
- Each candidate must demonstrate that they have health insurance. If the candidate does not have health insurance, they will be enrolled into the UTHSCSA Student Insurance Plan.
- Each candidate must complete a background check through the university.