Shadowing/ Observership / Dental Assisting
Dental Shadowing/ Observership holds importance for the ADEA CAAPID for students applying on a B1/B2 or on visas without a work permit. A minimum of 100 hours of shadowing is recommended.
- A dental assisting opportunity can be availed by someone who has a work permit in the U.S.
How to approach dental offices for shadowing/ dental assisting opportunities?
- Reach out to the dentist in the area you live
- Attend community events and develop networks
- If you are in a Masters program, you can ask your classmates or your adviser to introduce you to their dentist
- Develop rapport with the receptionist and request an appointment with the dentist to discuss about the shadowing opportunity goals
Where can you look for Observership opportunities?
- Dental clinics in your neighborhood, dental schools, community clinics, free dental clinics, dental labs, biomedical laboratories
Practicing as a licenced dentist in your home country post-graduation is significant. Several schools prefer 2 years of experience in the home country.
- Dental: Dental camps, Rural dental clinics, Community Dental Clinics
- Non-Dental: Shelter Home, Geriatric care
A Preceptorship is a period of practical experience and training for a student, especially of medicine, dentistry, or nursing, that is supervised by an expert or specialist in a particular field.
Non-dental healthcare experience
- Administrator in hospital/ clinic
- Laboratory Work
- Blood Donation Drive