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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%)


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? applicants made aware of them?

  • 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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