The Kornberg School of Dentistry currently offers a program to train dentists for the Ministry of Health, Kuwait. The program combines and integrates existing programs at Temple University to meet the needs of the Ministry of Health by training dentists with advanced clinical skills. After a preparatory period, participants will receive two years of advanced training in general dentistry from our CODA-accredited AEGD program, and a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology (MS) offered by the Temple University Graduate School. Upon completion of the AEGD program, participants will be eligible to challenge oral and written examinations for the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD). The Kuwaiti AEGD/MS program requires completion of courses in basic and applied sciences and submission of a thesis-based research project.
Year 1: full-time academic program with training in preclinical dentistry in preparation for entrance into the AEGD program; begin coursework for the MS in Oral Biology degree
Year 2: full-time AEGD-1 clinical and didactic program; continue coursework for the MS degree and begin research project
Year 3: full-time AEGD-2 clinical and didactic program; continue coursework and research for the MS degree, complete research and submit approved thesis; begin preparation for the ABGD examinations
Year 4: As needed to complete requirements for the American Board of General Dentistry and pass written and oral examinations
Two Kuwaiti dentists will be accepted to the AEGD/MS program each year. Candidates for acceptance must have the following:
- D.D.S., D.M.D., or B.D.S. degrees from an accredited college or university or its international equivalent
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Graduates of non-English speaking schools must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and achieve a minimum score of 100 internet-based.
- Strong recommendations from three dental school clinical faculty members
- Ability to work in an interactive multidisciplinary educational environment
- High motivation for learning advanced general dentistry skills and techniques
*Graduates of non-English speaking schools must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and achieve a minimum score of 80 (internet-based) to be eligible to participate in the IELP program at Temple University. In order to gain entrance into the Kuwaiti AEGD/MS dental program at Kornberg School of Dentistry, applicants must achieve a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL examination. Entrance into the IELP program does NOT guarantee entrance into the Kuwaiti AEGD/MS dental program. These minimum TOEFL scores are non-negotiable.
Required Application Materials:
- The requisite application fee of $50 payable by check or money order from a US drawn bank account made out to Temple University (please note this amount has changed)
- Three letters of recommendation from dental school clinical faculty or from Kuwait Ministry of Health dental clinic supervisors who can speak to the applicants clinical skills, learning potential, and professionalism
- Official academic transcripts from all schools attended after high school, including dental school, evaluated by ECE Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
- TOEFL examination scores with minimum needed to be accepted: 100 internet-based
- Letter from applicant explaining why s/he is interested in pursuing an education in the AEGD/MS program
The deadline for completed applications is October 1st of the year preceding the expected date of enrollment. Upon review of all completed applications, the International AEGD/MS Program Admissions Committee will norify applicants of their decision to either interview, accept, wait-list, or decline.