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IDAHO DENTAL EDUCATION
PROGRAM
“EDUCATING DENTISTS FOR
TODAY AND TOMORROW”
Idaho Dental Education Program
(IDEP)
Dentistry
 Mostly Pros
 Flexibility
Various Practice Settings
 Hours
 Specialize, General Practice and focus a
practice in areas
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Respected Member of the Community
Choice of Practice Location
Work with variety of people
Clean work environment
Decent income potential
Dentistry
 Some Cons
 Physically and mentally stressful
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No room for error either mentally or physically
Functions as a business so must know about
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Small detailed work
Profitability
Insurance Codes and procedures
Overhead, etc.
Some people can be difficult to work with
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Contract between the State of Idaho and
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska
 Idaho purchases seats for Idaho residents at
Creighton University Medical Center School
of Dentistry
 First year at Idaho State University in
Pocatello
 Three years in Omaha at Creighton
Idaho State University
 Kasiska College of Health Professions
 Department of Dental Sciences
 Idaho Dental Education Program
Creighton University School of
Dentistry
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Academic
Requirements
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High School Diploma
or GED
Pre-requisite courses
 Biology
 Chemistry
 English
 Physics
Most have Bachelors
degree upon entering
the program
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Non-Academic
Requirements
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Good hand eye
coordination
Excellent people skills
Some business
acumen is helpful
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Preparing to apply:
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Pre-dental advisor at your college – see them
early and often
Good to Excellent grades are important
DAT scores are important – some schools
place more emphasis than others – take it
when it is best for you
Put effort into essay. Have someone check
grammar, spelling, clarity, etc.
References from people who know you well
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Preparation Continued:
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Become very familiar with the profession –
shadow to become more familiar
Pay attention to deadlines
Call to check, but not “bug” the admissions
office
Prepare for interviews
Additional Resources for
Preparation / Application
 American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Website: www.adea.org
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AADSAS application available from ADEA
 The ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
 can be purchased through the above web-site
 May be accessed through your college library
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“In this comprehensive book you will find the most
authoritative information about applying to and attending
dental school in the U.S. and Canada. For advisors,
students, and parents. Updated yearly.”
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Application process
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Complete your AADSAS Application indicating:
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Idaho as your state of Residency
Creighton as one of the schools you are applying for
admission
Have a copy of your Dental Aptitude Test
(DAT) scores sent to Creighton
Complete the Creighton Supplemental
Application with the appropriate fee
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Application process cont.
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Have official transcripts from college course
work submitted to Creighton as needed
Have your personal references or pre-dental
committee evaluation sent to Creighton
Complete the Idaho Residency Certification
form and return it to the IDEP office
Creighton will forward a copy of your
application to the IDEP office for consideration
by our admissions committee
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Application process cont.
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IDEP Admissions Committee:
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Evaluates academic and non-academic factors
Gives preference to those applicants with highly
qualified admissions profiles
Invites top percentage of applicants to ISU in
Pocatello for an interview
Selects students to be accepted into the program
based upon the above factors
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Admissions Statistics For 2006 Entering Class
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111 submitted applications
8 available seats
Nearly 14 applicants per each available seat in
the program
Average GPA of matriculated students: 3.78
Average DAT Academic: 20.4
Average DAT Science: 19.6
Average DAT PAT: 19.7
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Admissions Statistics For 2007 Entering Class
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97 submitted applications
8 available seats
Over 12 applicants per each available seat in the
program
Average GPA of matriculated students: 3.84
Average DAT Academic: 20.0
Average DAT Science: 19.7
Average DAT PAT: 20.2
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Admissions Statistics For 2009 Entering
Class
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50 submitted applications
8 available seats
Over 6 applicants per each available seat in
the program
Average GPA of matriculated students: 3.74
Average DAT Academic: 18.6
Average DAT Science: 19.4
Average DAT PAT: 21.3
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Admissions Statistics For 2010 Entering
Class
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52 submitted applications
8 available seats
Over 6 applicants per each available seat in
the program
Average GPA of matriculated students: 3.84
Average DAT Academic: 21.0
Average DAT Science: 21.5
Average DAT PAT: 21.75
NATIONAL STATISTICS
(From ADA Publication: 2007/2008 Survey of Dental Education)
YEAR
# of
Applicants
% Change
from prev
year
#
Accepted
% Male
% Female
4,770
56.9%
43.1%
2003/2004
8,176
2004/2005
9,433
15.4%
4,733
57.7%
42.3%
2005/2006
10,731
13.8%
4,688
59.3%
40.7%
2006/2007
12,463
16.1%
4,612
58.3%
41.7%
2007/2008
13,742
10.3%
4,618
55.9%
44.1%
NATIONAL STATISTICS
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Consider the
Advantages
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Small Class Size
Excellent Faculty
Cost advantage for
Idaho Residents
New Facilities
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Small class size
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Currently 8 students in each class
8:1 student to faculty ratio in dental classes
One-On-One individualized attention with
faculty
Allows students to get a solid start to their
dental education
Class size of about 85 students at Creighton
for years 2-4
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Cost advantages for IDEP students (2008-09)
 1st year = $19,090 + ISU Fees ($4664)= $23,754
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2nd – 4th Years = $19,090 + Tuition Increases (68% Average)
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Books, Instruments, and Living Costs
Non-IDEP Creighton Tuition = $42,262
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Books, Instruments and Living Costs are additional
>50% savings by being an IDEP student over 4 yrs
Average indebtedness of graduating IDEP
Student was approximately $180,000 for the class
of 2007
Idaho Dental Education Program
 Cost advantages for IDEP students (2009-10)
 1st year = $20,592 + ISU Fees ($5130) = $25,722
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2nd – 4th Years = $20,592 + Tuition Increases (68% Average)
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Books, Instruments, and Living Costs are additional
Non-IDEP Creighton Tuition = $45,644
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Books, Instruments and Living Costs are additional
>50% savings by being an IDEP student over 4 years
Average indebtedness of graduating IDEP
Students was approximately $165,722 for the
class of 2008
DEBT UPON GRADUATION
Sources: 2007/08 Survey of Dental Education
and Creighton University Financial Aid Office
(* = estimated because actual data not available to date)
YEAR
NATIONAL AVG
CREIGHTON AVG
IDEP AVG
2002
$185,070
2003
$191,678
2004
$200,339
2005
$210,495
2006
$246,903
$156,000
2007
$269,124*
$180,000
2008
$293,345*
$176,458
$165,722
2009
$319,746*
$201,425
$153,707
Idaho Dental Education Program
 New Facilities
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ISU
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Moved into updated facility in 1999
In same building as the Idaho Advanced General
Dentistry Residency Program
Creighton
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Current facility is modern and up-to-date
Plans to renovate existing facility or build new
dental school in the upcoming years
Idaho Dental Education Program
 First Year at Idaho
State
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Complete Basic
Sciences Curriculum
Introductory Dental
Sciences
Clinical
 Occlusion Project
 Radiology Lab
 Oral Hygiene
Techniques Course
Idaho Dental Education Program
 First Year
 A time to develop skills
 A time to develop relationships
IDEP 1st Year Curriculum
 Fall
 Physiology
 Gross Anatomy
 Histology
 Dental Materials
 Preventive Dentistry
 Interpersonal
Relationships
 History of Dentistry
 Dental Anatomy
 Spring
 Biochemistry
 Oral Histology &
Embryology
 Head & Neck Anatomy
 Neuroscience
 Nutrition
 Community Dentistry
 Oral Hygiene Techniques
 Occlusion
 Radiology
Creighton University School of
Dentistry
 Dental School
 Urban environment
 Extensive Activities
 Outstanding Patient
Pool
 Excellent Academic
Track Record
 Premier Clinical
Program
Creighton University School of
Dentistry
 Entire Facility
Remodeled and Up to
date
 New State of the Art
Clinical Sterilization
Facility
 Modern Teaching
Laboratories
Creighton University School of
Dentistry
 Excellent Patient Base for
Teaching Cases
 No specialty programs or
advanced education
programs – all patients
for the dental students
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Provides dental students
experience with specialty
areas of dentistry
Taught by specialists in
these areas
Creighton University School of
Dentistry
 Computerized
Scheduling
 Digital Radiography
 Computer Monitors at
Each Work Station
 i-CAT Machine
available to students –
cutting edge….
Creighton University School of
Dentistry
 Open air clinical setting ideal for teaching
environment
Creighton University School of
Dentistry
J. Jeffrey Ybarguen, DDS
Director, Idaho Dental Education Program
 BS in Zoology from ISU 1997
 DDS from Creighton 2001 through the Idaho
Dental Education Program
 Private Practice in Idaho Falls 2001 – present
 Instructor of dental anatomy and occlusion
2003 – present
 Instructor of Community Dentistry 2006 present
 Director of IDEP program 2004 – present
Omaha, Nebraska
 Big City with a Small
Town Flavor
Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
IDEP – Your Personal Gateway to
Dentistry
Jeff Ybarguen, D.D.S.
[email protected] or (208)282-3289

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