Office of Continuing Education 

501 South Preston Street, Suite 239
Louisville, KY 40202-1701
Telephone: (502) 852-5077
Fax: (502) 852-3994

Bench Test Prep Course for Internationally Trained Dentists
This is a course for international dentists who are considering applying to Advanced Placement Dental Programs in the United States and Canada. This is not a pre-requisite nor does it guarantee admission to any dental school.

Program Director: 

Marija Sasek, DMD

Alia Eldairi, DDS
Daniel A. Fadel, DMD

Diksha Katwal, DDS, MSD
Jennifer Barnes McCants, DDS, MSD
Joseph Morelli, DDS, MEd
Greice Oliveira, DDS

Amirali Zandinejad, DMD, MS

Course Dates: May 5-7, 2014

Lecture and Hands On: CEU(s) - 24

Education Method: Live Interactive Format

Location: University of Louisville School of Dentistry
501 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40202-1701

Simulation Clinic

: 7:30 AM- 8:00 AM
Course: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lunch: Noon-1:00 PM



The University of Louisville Office of Continuing Education (ULSD) offers a Bench Test Preparatory Course for International Dentists who are considering applying to Advanced Placement Dental Programs in the United States and Canada. This course is designed for those who wish to receive an introduction to the ideal restorative, endodontic, and fixed prosthodontic guidelines. A Periodontal Module will also be presented.

The 3-day course involves didactic and hands-on sessions presented by the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Faculty. Each discipline will present material with expected guidelines. Participants will have the opportunity to practice procedures under instructor supervision in the ULSD Simulation Clinic and receive feedback.

A portfolio of the participant’s involvement will be made available for their use.

All courses offered in English. Interpreters will not be provided.


Operative Dentistry

Instructor: Jennifer Barnes McCants, DDS, MSD
Preparation and restoration of composites and amalgams on mannequin mounted dentoforms

Fixed Prosthodontics
Instructor: Amirali Zandinejad, DMD, MS
Preparation of an ideal crown on an anterior dentoform tooth with fabrication of an acrylic provisional

Instructor: Joseph M. Morelli, DMD, MEd
Perform a maxillary anterior tooth access, instrumentation and obturation on mannequin mounted dentoforms

Instructor: Diksha Katwal, DDS, MSD
Complete a Periodontal Module Case Analysis in determining a periodontal diagnosis

PRE-REQUISITES (Must provide certified English translations of all documentation)

Clear, official, legible photocopies of your dental degree: BDS,DDS,DMD or equivalent, Certificate or Diploma

Bench Test Preparatory Program Director
Dr. Sasek earned her DMD degree from University of Louisville School of Dentistry and has been practicing in Louisville since 2005. Currently, most of her time is spent in clinical instruction at ULSD. She teaches pre-clinical dental anatomy and aesthetic dentistry. Dr. Sasek is a board member of the Kentucky Academy of General Dentistry and leads a student AGD Fellowship Track program at ULSD. Her professional interests lie in various voluntary dental services to the handicapped and under-privileged.


Periodontics Faculty
Dr. Katwal earned her BDS from the Manipal College of Dentistry, India 2002; MSD in Periodontics from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2012 and worked as an instructor and completed her DDS from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 2012. She currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Periodontics Department at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. 


Operative Faculty
Dr. McCants earned her DDS degree from Meharry Medical College and her MSD from Indiana University School of Dentistry. At ULSD she lectures in restorative dentistry and dental materials. In clinical instruction she specializes in operative competency evaluations given to students as they prepare for their licensure examinations. Her research work focuses on racial and ethnic oral health disparities. Dr. McCants also serves as a faculty advisor for Student National Dental Association.


Endodontics Faculty
Dr. Morelli earned his DDS degree from Loyola School of Dentistry, Chicago, Illinois. He currently serves as Course Director ofJunior Clinical Endodnotics; Senior Clinical Endodontics; and Endontics II at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. 


Dr. Zandinejad earned his dental degree from Azad University and his certificate in operative dentistry from Tehran university. He received his Masters degree in restorative dentistry from Sheffield University in United Kingdom. He completed his AEGD and prosthodontic residency Programs at University of Rochester, NY. At ULSD he teaches in various pre-clinical and clinical courses led by Oral Health and Rehabilitation Department. He is the course director for Advanced Concepts in Dentistry at the usinversity of Louisville. Dr. Zandinejad’s research focuses on ceramic material properties and applications. In 2007, he received the Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Award from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and received Dr. Jeff Shay memorial award as an outstanding teacher in 2013 from university of Louisville.



TUITION: On-Line Registration by 4/16/2014 11:59 PM (ET) On-Site Registration NOT AVAILABLE
Dentist (Limited Attendance - (20) $2,000

1. All dental instruments and materials
2. Use of simulation clinic
3. Procedure portfolio
4. Mock Bench test and individualized report of results
5. Daily continental breakfast and lunch
6. Certificate of Completion

Register On-Line: (American Express, Discover, Mastercard or VISA only)

We reserve the right to cancel, modify date, revise course content, revise program faculty and activities. Pre-registered participants will be notified if a course is revised or cancelled, as warranted. In the event a course is cancelled, tuition will be refunded. All registrations are subject to the ULSD Cancellation Policy. This is a 'limited' attendance course. ULSD must receive your written request for cancellation not later than four weeks prior to course start date to process a refund. A $75 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Course Registrants who are a 'NO-SHOW' forfeit course tuition.

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