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Dental Linker Program

Program Director:
Francis Belloni, Ph.D.

Basic Sciences Building - 609B 
(914) 594-4096

Many students who graduate from college find that, although they possess many outstanding traits that are expected of practicing dentists, their academic records are not strong enough to enable them to gain acceptance into dental school. These candidates’ positive traits are often identified through in-person interviews. Members of admissions committees often recognize potential candidates who would benefit from an ‘enhancer program’ that will allow them to (a) identify learning strategies that best fit their learning approach and (b) develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to excel in a dental curriculum. 

The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences has partnered with the Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) at New York Medical College to create a one-year (accelerated) Master’s linkage program for a limited number of candidates whom the TCDM admissions committee identify as excellent linkage students. The advantage of this program is that it allows an individual to develop their learning skills as they prepare to enter dental school. The hybrid curriculum is designed to introduce students to a dental school atmosphere, become exposed to several basic science dental courses, and enroll in graduate-level courses that are designed to enhance both critical thinking skills and self-directed learning skills. Students who achieve pre-established academic benchmarks in the Master’s program are offered linkage acceptance to the TCDM without having to re-apply following the academic portion of the program.

The degree to be earned is a Master of Science in Basic Medical Sciences. 

The linkage pathway for this program is as follows:

Referral Only - eligible candidates are identified by the Admissions Committee during the dental admissions process (post-interview) as applicants who demonstrate strong potential to be successful dentists but would benefit from the additional upper-level science academic preparation.

Although admission to this program is based on referral by the admissions department of TCDM, limited spots may be available for applicants who are referred by an admissions committee of other dental schools.