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attractive CHOICES FOR STUDENTS: ANATOMY OF PREDOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAMS. Report of a Survey ADEA Meeting San Diego, CA March 15, 2011. GN Glickman DDS. Sponsoring Sections: Graduate and Postgraduate Education Academic Affairs. Current Status ?.

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attractive choices for students anatomy of predoctoral and postdoctoral combined degree programs

attractive CHOICES FOR STUDENTS: ANATOMY OF PREDOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAMS

Report of a Survey

ADEA Meeting

San Diego, CA

March 15, 2011

GN Glickman DDS

Sponsoring Sections:

Graduate and Postgraduate Education

Academic Affairs

current status
Current Status ?
  • Survey of Dual-Degree Training Opportunities at U.S. Dental Schools (Roge, JDE, 2006)
  • Purpose: describe access to information for dual-degree dental scientist training programs at U.S. dental schools
  • Results & conclusions
    • 22/56 schools reported T32 rewards from websites
    • Surveys sent; 3 responded
    • Unawareness of opportunities for predoc students
    • Schools need to be proactive if programs exist
    • Students themselves should be champions
10 question survey
10 Question Survey
  • General survey sent 2X to academic deans LISTSERV
    • Any combined programs ?
    • Types offered ?
    • Admission criteria?
    • Length?
    • Level of participation ?
    • Mechanisms of awareness ?
    • Positives & negatives
  • 34 responses (58 schools) = 59% response rate
does your institution offer combined degree programs at the predoctoral level
Does your institution offer combined degree programs at the predoctoral level?
  • 17 / 34 (50%) YES
  • 17 / 34 (50%) NO
does your institution offer combined degree programs at the predoctoral level1
Does your institution offer combined degree programs at the predoctoral level?
  • 17 / 34 (50%) YES
  • 17 / 34 (50%) NO
does your institution offer combined degree programs at the postdoctoral level
Does your institution offer combined degree programs at the postdoctoral level?
  • 26 / 34 (77%) YES
  • 8 / 34 (23%) NO
if a combined degree program is available what degrees certificates are offered
If a combined degree program is available, what degrees/certificates are offered?
  • PhD (17)
  • MS (19)
    • Oral Biology (10)
    • Education (1)
    • Craniofacial Bio (3)
    • MS (4)
    • HPE (1)
  • MSD (7)
  • MBA (7)
  • MPH (6)
  • Cert. Implant Dent. (3)
  • Cert. Orofacial Pain (2)
  • MD (3)
  • DSc (1)
if your institution offers combined degree programs admissions criteria may vary
If your institution offers combined degree programs, admissions criteria may vary.
  • Separate admissions criteria are specified for each degree or certificate. 18/26 (69%)
  • Only one set of admissions criteria is needed for the combined degree. 8/26 (31%)
  • Degrees are offered by separate institutions.

9/26 (35%)

if a combined degree program is available which of the following is true
If a combined degree program is available, which of the following is true?
  • It is longer than a single degree program.

19/25 (76%)

  • It can be the same length as a single degree program. 11/25 (44%)
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If a combined degree program is offered at your institution at the predoctoral level, what is the approximate level of participation?
  • No to minimal participation. 6/20 (30%)
  • Some participation. 10/20 (50%)
  • Considerable participation. 2/20 (10%)
  • Combined degree program is mandatory.

2/20 (10%)

if combined degree programs are offered how are potential applicants made aware of them
If combined degree programs are offered, how are potential applicants made aware of them?
  • Web-site (24)
  • AADSAS app (0)
  • PASS app (2)
  • Institution catalogue (17)
  • At interview (14)
  • During orientation (8)
  • Word-of-mouth (9)
  • During a special seminar on career options (5)
  • There is minimal advertising of combined programs (3)
what are the positives of combined degree programs
What are the positives of combined degree programs?
  • Coincides with school’s mission to train academicians/leaders/researchers
  • Encourages research for both faculty & students
  • Creates next generation of faculty
  • Positive recruitment tool
  • Attracts “excellent” students
  • Saves students time (compared to doing 2 degrees separately) (economies of scale)
  • Provides wider range of opportunities
what are the potential negatives of combined degree programs
What are the potential negatives of combined degree programs?
  • Additional degree detracts from clinical training
  • Difficult for students to balance activities
  • Complex arrangement (esp. if 2 sep schools)
  • Scheduling challenges
  • Students lose motivation
  • Not enough faculty to mentor
  • Postponement of earning potential
  • Often requires customization of DDS curriculum
  • Additional financial obligations
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