The International Dentist Bootcamp (LIVE-STREAMED ONLINE)

A Program by International Dentists for International Dentists.


Live-Streaming Online Session:

  • March 18, 2021, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
  • March 19, 2021, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST


The registration period has closed for this event.


Informational Webinar


We held an informational webinar on Monday February 22, 2021 at 12:00 noon EST. If you would like to watch the recording of that webinar please click the link below:


The International Dentist Bootcamp

By International Dentists for International Dentists


Click here to see the recording!


Program Overview

The International Dentist Bootcamp is a program designed to allow the participants to develop a successful dental career in the U.S. Fostering a successful career involves recognizing the challenges and opportunities that foreign trained dentist have in the American dental education model and the value of preparation and networking in the process.


Participants of this program will receive training in the step-by-step process of the application to American dental schools for Advance Standing and Specialty programs. During the process, the participants will join and build a networking community with program directors and other successful dental practitioners in the U.S.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Introduction
  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Overview U.S. Educcation
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Application Process - NBDE - ADEA
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM: International Office
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Question and Answers
  • 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break with Virtual Gallery Walk
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Panel - Successful Alumni and Faculty
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Lessons Learned and Reflection - Action Plan


Friday, March 19, 2021

  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM : Sharing is Caring - Action Plan Review
  • 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM: Personal Statement and CV Workshop
  • 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM: Our Differences is Our Strength - Global Engagement
  • 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM: Internview - Role Playing
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Question and Answers
  • 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break with Virtual Gallery Walk
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Panel - Successful Alumni and Faculty
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Lessons Learned and Reflection


Learning Objectives

The International Dentist Bootcamp Program provides a framework for foreign trained dentist to understand the pathways to obtaining a dental license or study a specialty program in the U.S. Using an interactive framework this program will create opportunities for internationally trained dentists to virtually engage and network with the dental community in the U.S.


By the end of the Bootcamp, participants will be able to:


  • understand the American dental education model, including recognizing the differences between predoctoral and postdoctoral programs
  • synthesize the main steps in the application process for a residency or advanced standing program and the difference between NBDE and the INDBE
  • design a compemtitive Curriculum Vitae, personal statement, and a career action plan
  • network with program directors, successful international dentists practicing in the U.S. and other foreign students currently enrolled in U.S. programs

Target Audience

International Trained Dentists, who are either interested in:

• Pursuing advanced educational programs in the United States and/or

• Obtaining dental licensing in the United States


*This course is in English, so individual who register should be proficient in English

Program Directors

GABRIELA LAGRECA, DDS, FACP, Dr. Gabriela Lagreca is an international trained dentist herself. She obtained her DDS at the UCV (Universidad Central de Venezuela) in 2009. In 2012, she completed an Implant Fellowship Program in the Department of OMFS at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She received her certificate in Prosthodontics in 2015 and further became one of the less than 50 fellows of the American Board of Prosthodontics in Massachusetts. Since 2015, Dr. Lagreca holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Postgraduate of Prosthodontics as TUSDM, where she teaches in classroom, clinical and preclinical prosthodontics to postdoctoral residents. Also, she was appointment Faculty Representative for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) TUSDM Chapter and Director of the Academic Dental Career Fellowship Program (ADEA-ADCFP) where, over one year, selected dental students and residents explore the three pillars of academic careers: teaching, educational research, and service, via direct mentorship. As a personal project, Dr. Lagreca launched The International Dentist Podcast in October of 2020. Every week, she brings meaningful conversations with educators, leaders, private practitioners, and business owners who shared their experiences and learnings of the career paths you can develop in the United States and abroad as a foreign dentist. Learn more at

IRINA F. DRAGAN DMD, DDS, MS.,  Assistant Professor and Director of Faculty Education and Instructional Development, Dr. Irina Dragan is an international trained dentist herself. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. She received her DDS from Carol Davila University (Bucharest, Romania) and her DMD from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) (Boston, USA). She obtained her postgraduate training at New York University College of Dentistry (advanced training in comprehensive care and aesthetic dentistry) and TUSDM (periodontology and master of science). As a dental student she served as the President of the European Dental Students' Association and as a resident, sher served as the ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows national representation. her efforts have  been recognized in 2014 with the ADEA/AADR Academic Dental Career Fellowship, 2015 ADEA Emerging Academic Leaders Program, 20216 AAP Foundation Fellowship to attend Institute for Teaching and Learning Program, 2018 AAP Foundation Tarrson Award and with the 2016 ADEA Chair of the Board Directors (Presidential) Citation. She is the recipient of the 2019 TUSDM Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service. She has published more than 25 papers, authored textbooks, and lectured worldwide. Dr. Dragan maintains a private practice limited to periodontology and implant dentistry at Brookline Periodontal Associates.

Message from the Directors

Click here to watch Dr. Irina Dragan and Dr. Gabriela Lagreca talk about their experiences and this program:


International Podcast

Check out Dr. Lagreca's International Dentist Podcast!


Listen to weekly conversations with educators, leaders, private practitioners, and business owners whoch share their experiences and learnings.


Each day of this program will have a panel representing a variety of dental professionals.


Modar Q. Al-roomi, IS21 Class President at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Eva Anadioti, DDS, MS, FACP, Founding Director of the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics at Pen Dental Medicine


Jesus Paez-Cortez, MD, PhD, Principal Scientist Immunology Target Discovery at Abbvie.


Amro Elkhatieb, BDS, DDS, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Endodontics at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry


Lily T. Garia, DDS, MS, Dean & Professor University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine


Tahir Hamza, BDS, MS Candidate 2021


Maria A. Hernandez, DDS, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine


Laura Herschdorfer, DDS, MMSc., Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Florida


Moetaz Homsi DMD, MS, Prosthodontist & CEO at Primavera Dental Group.


Yung-Ting Hsu, DDS, DMSc., MS, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Washington School of Dentistry


Parvati Iyer, DDS, Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Director of Integrated Clinical Sciences, University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry


Leo Márquez, University of Michigan School of dentistry ITDP candidate


Biraj Patel, BDS, current research interests at UTHSCSA are in post endodontic pain and endodontic microsurgery


Ronald D. Perry DMD, MS, Professor, Director of International Student Program, Department of Comprehensive Care, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Davide Romeo, DDS, PhD, Senior Resident, Department of Prosthodontics, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Vita-Salute University, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy


Sergio E. Sanchez, DDS, Assistant Professor, AEGD Program Director, Craniofacial Sciences, University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine


Gayathri Shenoy, DMD, Periodontist in private practice, Part-Time attending faculty at the residency program at a local hospital


Course Fee

Early Bird Discount: Register before March 1, 2021 and receive $250 off (total tuition $1,250)


Regular Tuition: $1,500




Refund Policy: Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.


Wait List Policy: If a CE course obtains enough registrations where a wait list is established, the CE office will notify individuals with unpaid registration balances and ask them to pay their balance to secure their place in the course. If payment is not made to secure their place, the CE office has the right to offer that place to a paying individual on the wait list.


This program is supported by: HLT Corp.


If you are a company and are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 617.636.6629 or


For academic or program questions, please contact Dr. Gabriela Lagreca at


For course registration questions, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 617.636.6629 or







This is a online program consisting of portions that are live-streamed online.


About Us


Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.


We may be reached by email at, and by phone at 617-636-6629.

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