Scholars in Dental Education Program
The Scholars in Dental Education (S.D.Ed) program was created at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) for predoctoral students who are interested in pursuing careers in dental education. The purpose of the program is to prepare dental students for academic careers upon graduation.
The Scholars program is a longitudinal program spanning from a student’s second year in the DMD curriculum and aims to provide students interested in academic dentistry with a unique opportunity to engage in the three pillars of dental educational research, teaching, and curriculum initiatives.
Each year, students who are interested in the Scholars program are selected from a pool of second year dental student applicants. The program includes both self-directed and mentored exploration of dental academia. Scholars also serve as education and curriculum liaisons for their classes, allowing students to immerse themselves in different leadership components of a dental academic career. Once accepted to the program, Scholars are expected to attend regular monthly meetings, serve as student representatives on educational committees, complete a research project, assist with teaching, provide mentorship to underclassmen, and provide ongoing course feedback to faculty mentors and relevant course directors. Students also assist with selecting the new Scholars for the upcoming year.
Components of the Scholars program:
- Mentorship – We aim to provide faculty mentorship for accepted students who work in collaboration with chosen faculty on teaching projects.
- Research project – Each Scholar creates a capstone project and a portfolio of projects that can be carried onto a residency at HSDM in the MMSc Dental Education program or at other universities and positions.
- Education committees – Scholars will participate in educational committees with the goal of understanding the complexity and diversity of a role in dental education.
- Admissions committee – Participation in the admissions committee provides Scholars with a behind-the-scenes look at working on dental education curriculum.
- Teaching opportunities – Candidates will gain insight into the day-to-day expectations of a faculty member. They will interview faculty members, participate in meetings, and connect with teachers, leaders, program directors, deans from different programs and department heads.
- Administrative – Scholars will learn about the administrative responsibilities associated with academic dentistry.
- Monthly meetings and guest speaker events
- Knowledge in academic dentistry and careers – Scholars gain additional exposure to a variety of faculty and leaders in dental education.
Students enrolled in the Scholars program will also learn about best practices and evidence-based teaching methods. This includes teaching, lecturing, and clinical chair-side instruction along with helping with labs.