Disability Services

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to providing students with appropriate support and services to ensure that they have an accessible and welcoming learning environment.  Disability Services, located in the Office Dental Education, complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended in 2008) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in providing services to students with disabilities.

HSDM Disability Services Coordinator:
Carrie Sylven, Director of Student Affairs
(617) 432-4245

Disability Services determines reasonable accommodations on an individual, case-by-case basis. Students are required to submit current clinical documentation by an appropriate medical care professional, must include the student’s name, a diagnosis, and detail the functional limitations caused by the diagnosis. This documentation should also outline the treating medical professional’s recommended accommodations.  Additional documentation may be requested by Disability Services.  

Please note that obtaining documentation from a medical professional can take time and, therefore, students should plan accordingly.  Last- minute submission of documentation may result in delays in accommodations.

The School of Dental Medicine works to maintain privacy; however, information on functional limitations and accommodations may be shared internally on a need-to-know basis.  Medical documentation, notes, and any additional diagnostic material is maintained in confidence by Disability Services. This material is released to a third party consistent with state and federal law.

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s process of providing accommodations is not necessarily reflective of the process for receiving testing accommodations on the National Board Exams or any Regional Board Exams.  Students are responsible for seeking their own desired accommodations for these exams.

Please contact carrie_sylven@hsdm.harvard.edu in the Office of Dental Education to request accommodations and begin the process of attaining them.