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USC School of Dentistry

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As the first American dental school to switch to a problem-based learning (PBL) methodology, students develop problem-solving skills, analyze data and integrate basic science with clinical experience. Students treat children, adults and the elderly from a diverse patient population in the clinical setting and through numerous community outreach programs.

Founded in 1897, the USC School of Dentistry has a proud legacy as a professional school with a global reputation for excellence and a recognized tradition of closeness and community among its alumni. One core of strength rests with the School of Dentistry's renowned faculty. Their reputations as educators, scientists and oral health care professionals secure the school's continuing place as a leader. Another strength is the school's position within a world-class, private university strategically located in a pluralistic urban area. As it faces the 21st century, the School of Dentistry has a mission that links its past to the future through enhancement of its unique qualities and incorporation of scientific excellence into a framework of humanistic compatibility that will become the hallmark of the school's work. The school's environment offers special opportunities that can be found nowhere else.

Education of dental health care professionals in an environment where research is a priority is the primary purpose of the school. The school offers a variety of traditional educational programs and a selection of special degree offerings as well. Traditional curricula include the Doctor of Dental Surgery program, the baccalaureate in dental hygiene program and postdoctoral programs in six recognized dental specialties. Special degrees include combined D.D.S.-M.B.A. and D.D.S./M.S., Gerontology programs, master's and Ph.D. opportunities in the craniofacial biology program, and an advanced standing program for international dentists. Ranked among the top dental schools nationally in research funding, the school is proud of its leading role in solving the mysteries of bioscience across scientific disciplines and improving the art and science of clinical dentistry.

A sense of service and caring for others is the foundation of a health care provider, and is important to the mission of the School of Dentistry. Achieving educational goals through providing quality dental care to the public is a hallmark of the School of Dentistry. From its location in Los Angeles, the school offers affordable, first-rate care to the community's underserved; to the university faculty, staff and students; and to those seeking special comprehensive care. Through affiliations with major hospitals and medical centers, the education of the students and the care of patients is expanded throughout Southern California.

USC School of Dentistry
Dentistry Room 203
(213) 740-2811


Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S., Dean

Charles Shuler, D.M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Life and Academic Affairs

Michael J. Mulvehill, D.D.S., M.B.A., Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Roseann Mulligan, D.D.S., M.P.H., Associate Dean for Community Health Programs

Ilan Rotstein, D.D.S., Associate Dean for Continuing Oral Health Professional Education

Eugene Sekiguchi, D.D.S., M.S.E.E., B.S.E.E., Associate Dean for International, Professional and Legislative Affairs

Malcolm L. Snead, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Innovation and Discovery

Lois Stein Pereira, M.B.A., Associate Dean, Administration

Zarita Abbott, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Sandra Clark Bolivar, J.D., Senior Executive Director, Admissions and Student Affairs

Eileen Suffet, M.A., Executive Director, Academic Affairs

Joanne Mayne, B.A., Senior Executive Director of Development

Catherine Conti, B.S., M.S., R.D.H., Director of Clinical Relations

Victoria Newcomer, B.A., Director of Public Relations

Robert Keim, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies


G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Dean's Chair in Dentistry: Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S.

George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Molecular Biology: Charles Shuler, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Rex Ingraham Chair in Restorative Dentistry: Jack F. Conley, D.D.S., M.Ed.

Wilbur N. and Ruth Van Zile Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: John J. Lytle, D.D.S., M.D.

Wayne G. and Margaret L. Bemis Professorship in Endodontics: James H. S. Simon, D.D.S.

Ralph W. and Jean L. Bleak Professorship in Restorative Dentistry: Winston Wan-Li Chee, B.D.S.

Phillip Maurer Tennis Professorship in Clinical Dentistry: Richard L. Kahn, D.D.S.*

USC Associates Assistant Professorship in Dentistry: Nathan Friedman, D.D.S.

Professors: Marwan Abou-Rass, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.; Paul C. Denny, Ph.D.*; Terence E. Donovan, D.D.S.; Tina F. Jaskoll, Ph.D.; Stanley F. Malamed, D.D.S.; Michael Melnick, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Cedric Minkin, Ph.D.; Roseann Mulligan, D.D.S., M.S.; Michael L. Schneir, M.S., Ph.D.; Peter Sinclair, D.D.S., M.S.D.; Harold C. Slavkin, D.D.S.; Jorgen Slots, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., D.M.D.; Malcolm L. Snead, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professors: John W. Beierle, Ph.D.; Yang Chai, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Winston Wan-Li Chee, B.D.S.; Chih-Kuang Casey Chen, D.D.S., Ph.D.; George C. Cho, D.D.S.; Jack F. Conley, D.D.S., M.Ed.; David Crowe, D.D.S., D.M.Sc.; Steven D. Goodman, Ph.D.; Richard L. Kahn, D.D.S.*; Robert G. Keim, D.D.S., Ed.D.; Ralph L. Leung, D.D.S., M.S.; Mahvash Navazesh, D.M.D.; Sandra K. Rich, M.P.H., Ph.D.; Ilan Rotstein, D.D.S.; Glenn Sameshima, D.D.S.; Charles F. Shuler, D.M.D., Ph.D.; Arnold Tiber, D.D.S., Ph.D.; Gary N. Trump, Ph.D.*; Karoline B. Waldman, M.S.; Abraham Yaari, M.S., D.M.D.

Associate Professors (Librarianship): John P. Glueckert, M.L.I.S.; Frank O. Mason, M.S.L.S.

Assistant Professors: James Mah, D.D.S.; Michael Paine, B.D.S., Ph.D.; Michael J. Tadin, D.D.S.; Stephen Yen, D.M.D., Ph.D.; Homa H. Zadeh, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Charles M. Goldstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.;Michael J. Mulvehill, D.D.S.*, M.B.A.; Dennis Saffro, D.D.S., M.Ed.; Timothy R. Saunders, D.D.S.; Eugene Sekiguchi, D.D.S.; James Simon, D.D.S., Dennis-Duke R. Yamashita, D.D.S.

Associate Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Loris Abedi, D.D.S.; Joseph A. Anselmo, D.D.S.; Jane L. Forrest, R.D.H., Ed.D.; Claire L. Gill, D.D.S., Pharm.D.; Ripsik Gukasyan, D.D.S.; Seonho Ha, D.D.S.; James A. Holt, D.D.S.;Michelle Ikoma, D.D.S.; Michael G. Jorgensen, D.D.S.; Charles H. Julienne, D.D.S.; Lynette E. Kagihara, D.D.S.; Leslie Kaneko, D.D.S.; James Kim, D.D.S.; Hessam Nowzari, D.D.S.; Samuel W. Oglesby, M.A., D.D.S.; Ramon Roges, D.D.S.; Alvin B. Rosenblum, D.D.S.; Eddie Sheh, D.D.S.; Stephen Sobel, D.D.S.; Peter A. Stone, D.D.S.; Chieng Christian Tu, B.S.D.H.; Richard Udin, D.D.S.

Assistant Professors of Clinical Dentistry: Sami Ali, M.S., D.D.S.; Lupe Arevalo, B.S.; Abbe S. Barron, M.Ed., D.M.D.; Marian Said Bradford, D.D.S.; Jack S. Broussard, D.D.S.; Alexander Y. Chung, D.D.S.; Catherine M. Conti, B.S., M.S., R.D.H.; Robert A. Danforth, D.D.S.; Kenneth V. Fortman, D.D.S.; Teran J. Gall, D.D.S.; Joyce M. Galligan, B.S.N., D.D.S.; Julie Jenks, D.D.S.; Marina C. Jimenez, B.S.; Brian Kelleher, D.D.S.; Tae Hyung Kim, D.D.S.; Bach Le, D.D.S., M.D.; Niel S. Nathason, M.P.H., M.A.; Tuan Duc Pham, D.D.S.; Mahvash Shayan, D.D.S.; Walter Siegel, D.M.D.; Thomas Tanbonliong, Jr., D.D.S.; Shirley Wong, D.D.S.

Clinical Instructor: Eleanor Joy Nielsen, B.A., B.A.

Research Professor: Margarita Zeichner-David, M.S., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Kirsten Dalrympl, Ph.D.; Olga Kay, Ph.D.; Matthew K. Lee, M.D.; Yi-Hsin Liu, Ph.D.; Wen Luo, M.D.; Janet M. Oldak, M.Sc., Ph.D.; Ying Wang, M.Sc., Ph.D.; Carol W. Wuenschell, M.A., Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degrees Offered

The School of Dentistry awards the following degrees: the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene; the Doctor of Dental Surgery; the Doctor of Dental Surgery/Master of Business Administration; the Doctor of Dental Surgery/Master of Science in Gerontology, the Advanced Periodontology Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology, Advanced Orthodontics Certificate/M.S., Craniofacial Biology, advanced dental education certificate programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics; Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology; Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Biology.

General Information

The Grading System

Grades are issued by members of the faculty to indicate to students their level of achievement and to provide information to committees given the responsibility of reviewing a student's total academic record and assigning honor or deficient status.

Newly admitted students to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program, the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists and Dental Hygiene (D.H.) students are bound by the university grading system (excluding plus/minus grades), which is detailed in the Academic Standards section of this catalogue.

Grades used by course directors of required advanced specialty classes are: "Cr" -- credit and "NCr" -- no credit. Other notations appearing on the transcript are: "IP" -- indicates that the grade in a course is not issued until a subsequent trimester; "IN" -- incomplete work; "ICW" -- incomplete clinical work; "W" -- withdraw. Students pursuing a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Biology and students in dental hygiene, doctoral and international classes should refer to the Academic Standards section of this catalogue.

Probation and Disqualification

A student evaluation policy has been developed that outlines methods by which the faculty can recognize outstanding achievements by students and identify those who have difficulty meeting the school's academic standards.

In this policy, the procedures dealing with the assignment and consequences of academic status, including academic probation and disqualification, are outlined in detail. It is hoped that the development of specific guidelines will eliminate confusion and minimize the amount of time spent in determining the student's status, thus allowing faculty and students to concentrate on their primary responsibility -- the training of dental health professionals. Copies of student evaluation policies are available in the office of Academic Affairs.

D.D.S. (includes Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists)
A student will be placed on academic probation if a "D" or "F" final grade is received; if in the judgment of the student evaluation committee, probation is warranted by other academic factors; if recommended by the group practice director, due to quality of clinical work.

A student will be placed on clinical probation upon recommendation of the group practice director if a grade of "F" is received in any of the graded categories of group practice performance, or, in the judgment of the group practice director, probation is warranted by other factors related to the delivery of health care or clinical accomplishment.

A student will be considered for disqualification if (1) a second academic probation is warranted; (2) a failing grade is not reconciled; (3) at the end of the academic year the grade point average for the preceding year is below 2.0; (4) academic probation is warranted while repeating a trimester on probation; (5) a deficiency in any area is determined by the student evaluation committee to be insurmountable; (6) at the end of the second trimester of the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID), the cumulative average is less than 2.0; and (7) at the recommendation of the group practice director, based on severe and irreconcilable deficiencies relating to the quality and/or quantity of patient treatment.

B.S., Dental Hygiene Students
A student will be placed on academic probation if two units or more of failure are recorded at the end of any trimester; if a second consecutive academic warning is warranted; or if, in the judgment of the Student Evaluation Committee, probation is warranted.

A student will be placed on clinical probation if a grade of "F" is received in any of the graded categories of group practice performance, or, in the judgment of the group practice director, probation is warranted by other factors related to the delivery of health care or clinical accomplishment.

A student will be considered for disqualification if (1) a third probation is warranted at the end of any trimester; (2) a failing grade is not reconciled; (3) at the end of the academic year the grade point average for the preceding year is below 2.0; (4) academic probation is warranted while repeating a trimester on probation; and (5) a deficiency in any area is determined by the Student Evaluation Committee to be insurmountable. In addition to the Dental School evaluation policy (which evaluates courses taken in the Dental School), students in the Dental Hygiene Program are also bound by the university's academic status requirements.

Advanced Specialty Students
A student will be placed on academic probation if a failing grade is received in any course or if, in the judgment of the program director, a student's performance warrants such status due to academic or other factors. A student may be disqualified if the stipulations of a probationary period are not met by the required deadline, a failing grade is not reconciled in the period specified by the course director, or if a deficiency in any area is acquired which is determined by the program director to be insurmountable. A student who is placed on academic probation a second time can continue in the program only with the approval of the program director and the Advanced Evaluation Subcommittee.

Honor Status

The School of Dentistry recognizes excellence in achievement by assigning special honor status during the course of study and by presentation of awards upon graduation.

Dean's List
Students who complete all course work by a prescribed deadline and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for a trimester are placed on the Dean's List. Students shall not be placed on the Dean's list if they are on deficient academic status during that trimester (i.e., academic probation and continued academic probation).

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor List
The local chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a national dental honor fraternity, recognizes the top 10 percent of each doctoral dental class at the end of each academic year (August) by including these students on the OKU Honor List. The determination of the top 10 percent is based on a yearly GPA. It should be noted that placement on the OKU Honor List has no relationship to membership in OKU, which is based on overall academic achievement and professional development.

Graduation Awards
There are numerous awards made each year at graduation to recognize excellence in members of the graduating doctoral, dental hygiene and ASPID classes. A complete listing is available at the School of Dentistry.

Voluntary Withdrawal/Leave of Absence

The School of Dentistry recognizes that in some special instances it may be necessary or beneficial for a student to interrupt or discontinue dental education. A student wishing to withdraw from school or request a leave of absence must contact the Office of Academic Affairs for procedures to be followed. An approved leave of absence will not be granted for more than one year.

Students at the School of Dentistry who have not been formally dropped by the school, are considered enrolled each term unless they have submitted a letter of intent to withdraw. A student's verbal indication that he or she intends to withdraw or failure to settle a fee bill are not sufficient to eliminate the student from class rosters. Final course grades will be collected for students who do not have a letter of intent to withdraw on file with the Office of Academic Affairs.

A student who withdraws at any time during the first three weeks of a trimester will receive no grades for enrolled courses. A student who withdraws after three full weeks of an Academic Time Unit (ATU) will receive a mark of "W" for all enrolled courses not completed. Withdrawal is not permitted after the 12th week of a trimester.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The University of Southern California recognizes and acts in full compliance with regulations set in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (The Buckley Amendment). A student may have access to all records about him or her maintained by the university except those considered confidential under the act. Students of the School of Dentistry wishing to review records or to appeal for a change in those records should contact the School of Dentistry Registrar. A small charge may be made to cover the time and costs of duplication of the record.

Tuition and Fees (Estimated)

Tuition at the School of Dentistry is charged on a flat fee basis for enrollment in the regular degree and advanced certificate programs of the school. Exceptions do not apply to students who have courses waived based on their prior education. In such cases, students are charged the standard flat fee for the program in which they are enrolled.

Auditors pay the regular tuition rate. Auditors are not required to participate in class exercises (discussions and examinations); they receive no grades or credit.

The information outlined here is for School of Dentistry fees and tuition deposits only. For information about School of Dentistry tuition and university fees, refer to the Tuition and Fees section of this catalogue. The university reserves the right to assess new fees or charges as it may determine.

Processing Fee (not refundable):
Domestic applicants
Graduates of foreign dental schools
or students requiring a student visa
Commitment Deposit (not refundable)
Dental Hygiene
International Dental and Advanced
Pre-Tuition Payment (refundable in accordance with the refund policy)

Mandatory Fees (School of Dentistry fees only; for other fees, refer to the Tuition and Fees section of this catalogue.)

CDA Dues5.00
Doctoral dental and Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists students only; spring only.
ASDA Dues65.00
Doctoral dental program and Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists students only; fall only.
Special Fees
Transcript Fee
Gown Usage Fee150.00
Disability Insurance (Doctoral and Advanced
Standing Program for International Dentists )

Student Issue

Figures shown below are approximate. The School of Dentistry reserves the right to change fees at any time.

D.D.S. Program
1st YearInstruments and supplies$3,110.00
IMS Fee3,990.00
2nd YearInstruments and supplies2,055.00
IMS Fee3,990.00
3rd YearInstruments and supplies423.00
IMS Fee3,990.00
4th YearInstruments and supplies356.00
IMS Fee2,660.00

Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists
1st YearInstruments and supplies6,205.00
IMS Fee3,990.00
2nd YearInstruments and supplies830.00
IMS Fee3,990.00

Advanced Dentistry Programs
IMS Fee955.00

Dental Hygiene Program
1st YearInstruments and supplies2,100.00
IMS Fee382.20
2nd YearInstruments and supplies625.00
IMS Fee0.00

Financial Aid

Detailed information about the major loan and scholarship programs available to students in dental school programs can be obtained by writing the Office of Financial Aid, Room 201, USC School of Dentistry.