Student Rotations

San Antonio/Bexar County/South Texas

Freshmen (half day)

Roy Cisneros Elementary School (half day) in the Edgewood Independent School District as part of a required course in School-Based Preventive Dentistry. The Freshman dental students teach oral hygiene instruction to 2nd and 3rd graders.

Sophomores (2 days)

Head Start Centers in San Antonio (half day) to participate in a fluoride varnish program as part of a required course in Sophomore Clinic.

Ricardo Salinas Clinic (Pediatric Dentistry) (half day) as part of a required course in Sophomore Clinic.

University Health Center – Downtown (Brady Green) (half day) as part of a required course (Oral Surgery) in Sophomore Clinic (half of the class).

Roy Cisneros Elementary School (half day) in the Edgewood Independent School District as part of a required course in School-Based Preventive Dentistry. The sophomore dental students provide sealants for the children who have parental consent to participate.

Juniors (27 days)

Ricardo Salinas Clinic (one day) as part of a required course in Pediatric Dentistry.

University Health Center Downtown for oral surgery training. This required rotation (16 days) is conducted by the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Affiliated Clinics in South Texas - during summer period for a minimum of 2 weeks. Housing is provided. This is a required clinical selective program.

Seniors (30.5 days)

University Health Center Downtown - oral surgery training. This required rotation (5 days) is conducted by the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

University Hospital - oral surgery training. This required rotation (3 days) is conducted by the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Ricardo Salinas Clinic (3.5 days) - pediatric dentistry training. This program is conducted by the Department of Developmental Dentistry and is a required rotation in the curriculum.

CommuniCare/Frank Bryant Clinic (3.5 days) for pediatric dentistry training. This program is conducted at this FQHC by the Department of Developmental Dentistry and is a required rotation in the curriculum.

San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic (4.5 days) located at the Haven for Hope Homeless facility in downtown San Antonio to provide primary dental care services for special needs patients including the homeless and underserved patients served by the site. GEND points are awarded.

Ricardo Salinas Clinic to provide dental care for San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) children (one day) where they receive training in the provision of primary dental care to middle school students under the supervision of Dental School faculty. This is a required rotation in the curriculum conducted by the Departments of Comprehensive Dentistry and Developmental Dentistry.

South Texas Rotation - rotate to one of four clinic systems in South Texas for a minimum of 2 weeks as part of GEND 8077. Students provide primary dental care services under the supervision of adjunct faculty at the sites (Harlingen, Laredo or San Antonio).

Besides the above-mentioned required rotations, there are numerous other Elective opportunities for dental students to participate in outreach activities as follows:

 

Heroes for the Homeless Selective (SELC # 8221) - for senior dental students. During the academic year, senior dental students have the option to rotate to the SAM Ministries shelter for interdisciplinary health professional training (Wednesday evenings in conjunction with dental hygiene, medical students and family practice residents) to provide primary dental care services for special needs patients including the homeless and underserved patients served by the site.

Mission Dental Care Selective (SELC # 8035) - The Christian Medical-Dental Association (CMDA) sponsors weekend Mission trips (6-8) to the US/Mexican border region during the academic year. Students (8-12/trip) at all levels sign up for this program. Students travel to churches, community centers, or schools located in communities on the US side of the border (Del Rio, Eagle Pass, or Laredo) to provide basic primary, preventive, and emergency dental care under the supervision of dental school faculty, including adjunct faculty members.

Community Clinical Selective (SELC # 7011/8032) Each summer, the Dental School (through the South Texas Border Initiative) offers an elective outreach program (2 weeks) which assigns students in teams (DS I’s, II’s, & III’s) to affiliated clinics in South Texas (Brownsville, Harlingen, Raymondville, Laredo, Eagle Pass and Del Rio). Dental students provide dental care to patients under the supervision of adjunct faculty at the designated affiliated clinic sites. Housing provided by AHEC.

Preventive Dentistry Selective (SELC # 7120) - for rising sophomore dental students. During the summer, dental students rotate to Mercy Ministries of Laredo to participate in a preventive dentistry outreach selective which requires the students to work in the colonias of Laredo/Webb County. Students work with other organizations, health professionals and colonia residents to develop educational programs focusing on preventing dental disease and raising the level of awareness of the importance of oral health to general health. Housing provided by AHEC.

Community Service Selective (SELC # 7088) – established several years ago when dental students submitted a proposal to the Curriculum Committee to create a vehicle by which students could interact with the local community by participating in such projects as Habitat for Humanity (building homes for the poor), United Way’s Days of Caring/Sharing, Christmas Under the Bridge (for the homeless); Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner and the HEB Christmas Dinner (feeding the poor); KLRN TV(phone bank for public television); Big Brother/Big Sister program – working w/ youth; etc.

Community Service Program –established in conjunction with Edgewood Independent School District (EISD) and sponsored by Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Thru this program 2nd graders (> 700) receive preventive dental care services at the UTHSCSA Dental School (2 half days in February each year).

 

National Programs

Junior dental students are also encouraged to apply for the COSTEP or the Indian Health Service Externship program conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service. Students selected through this program are assigned to dental clinics on Indian reservations for a period of 4 weeks. The dental students provide dental care to Native American populations under the supervision of IHS Dental Commissioned Corps Officers and are exposed to the Public Health Service mission. (SELC # 7010).

 

University Sponsored Externships

Every year, UTHSCSA Dental students (6-8) participate in externships offered by other Universities (Oral surgery, etc.). OMS also accepts students from other Universities.

 

International Programs

UTHSCSA participates in a Japanese Exchange Program (SELC # 7190) in conjunction with 2 Japanese Dental Schools. Through this program, 5 Japanese dental students and 1 faculty member from each of the 2 schools visit UTHSCSA for a week (August) each year; subsequently, 10 UTHSCSA dental students/2 faculty members visit each of the 2 Japanese dental schools for a week in March each year.

 

PostGraduate Off-Site Programs

 

San Antonio/Bexar County

  • Advanced Education in General Dentisty(AEGD) Residents
    • San Antonio Christian Dental Clinics at Haven for Hope
  • Oral Maxillofacial Radiology residents
  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery residents
    • University Health Center Downtown (Brady Green)
    • University Hospital
    • Methodist Hospital
    • Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Admin Hospital
  • Orthodontics Residents
    • Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center
    • Office of Dr. Paul Wiegand
  • Pediatric Dentistry Residents
    • Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center
    • San Antonio Metropolitan Health District/Ricardo Salinas Clinic
    • CommuniCare/Frank Bryant Clinic (FQHC)
  • Periodontics Residents
    • Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Admin Hospital

Laredo

  • Laredo Prosthodontics Residency program – rotation to Gateway Community Health Center (FQHC) Laredo, TX – every other week
  • Laredo Periodontics Residency program – rotation to Gateway Community Health Center (FQHC) Laredo– every other week
  • Laredo Dental Public Health Residency program – rotation to Perez Elementary and Kennedy/Zapata schools/UISD/Laredo – every week (Wednesdays)
  • Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program Expansion > Laredo Health Dept - July 2008
  • Pedo Residents (Laredo) Laredo Medical Center (OR cases)
  • Pedo Residents (Laredo) Gateway Community Health Center
  • AEGD Residency Program Expansion> Laredo Health Dept - July 2008
    • (these two full-time residency training programs are based in Laredo)

 

You may also view the Summary of UTHSCSA Dental School Required & Selective Clinical Outreach Education & Service Programs Dental Students by Year