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Academic Dentistry and Teaching Opportunities in Dental Education

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine has developed a three-tier program for providing current dental students with exposure to and training in academic dentistry.

The Academic Career Track Area of Concentration (ACT ARCO) is a two-year program that pre-doctoral dental students can complete while they are working toward their DMD degree at Pitt. The program aims to provide a solution to the national shortage of dental faculty by equipping students with skills necessary for the three pillars of an academic career: teaching, scholarship and service by introducing them to clinical and classroom teaching, engaging them in research and developing their leadership skills.

Recognizing that the two-year commitment is not for every student, most courses are also offered as electives to all upper-level dental students, so they may choose their enrollment level based upon their interest and commitment. An informal lunch hour discussion series is offered to all students who want to learn more about academic dentistry as a career option.

Student Testimonials

Hear about the benefits directly from students participating in the program and courses

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Lunch Hour Discussion Series about Academic Dentistry

An informal discussion series about academic dentistry

Courses à la carte: Elective Courses

Skill training for third- and fourth-year DMD students

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Academic Career Track Area of Concentration (ACT ARCO)

For students interested in a career in academic dentistry