Florida’s First-Ever Standalone International Dental Program

Newswise – TAMPA BAY/CLEARWATER, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Dentistry is proud to announce that, thanks to the continued support of Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patelit expands and bases its international dental program at its Tampa Bay Regional Campus (TBRC).

“Nova Southeastern University’s relationship with Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel continue to grow, with our students and communities being the primary beneficiaries,” said Dr. George Hanbury, President and CEO of NSU. “The expansion and base of our international dental program in the Tampa Bay/Clearwater area is just the latest example of this thriving partnership.”

The Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel International Dental Program at the NSU Regional Campus in Tampa Bay means the university is the only one in Florida to offer a “stand-alone” program. To celebrate, a dedication party is planned.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, September 29 at 3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater. NSU expects approximately 200 attendees at the invitation-only event, including Drs. Kiran and Pallavi PatelPresident and CEO of NSU Dr. George Hanbury, dental students as well as special guests including local and statewide elected officials and business and community leaders.

** PREVIOUS MEDIA VISITS: Media tours of new dental clinical areas are scheduled for 9 a.m. on the day of the ceremony. Along with the tours, VIPs (Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel, Dr. Steven Kaltman, Dean, NSU College of Dental Medicine, and international dental students) will be available for interviews. It’s a GREAT story and photo/video opportunity of a new program that will serve the communities of Tampa Bay/Clearwater for decades to come.

We have all heard stories of people moving to the United States who have advanced degrees but cannot find employment in their chosen profession because they do not have the necessary degrees/licenses/certifications in our country.

USN International Dental Program Dr Kiran and Pallavi Patel is designed to solve this problem – many of these students work in the dental field, but not as dentists (they work as dental assistants, etc.). This program is specifically designed to help these students obtain the necessary degrees and certifications. so they can begin practicing dentistry in the United States

“Providing a second opportunity for international dental students is something I have wanted to do for many, many years,” said Dr Kiran Patel. “Healthcare and education are two of my greatest passions and being part of the NSU family gives me the opportunity to change both for the better. The expansion of this program will help change the lives of so many international dentists.

NSU’s international dental program began in 1997 at its Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. In the past, NSU, like other colleges and universities, has found a place for international students in their dental program when space has become available.

Now, with financial support from the Patels, this program will be based at NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus and expanding to provide space for even more students. Once fully registered, the Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel International Dental Program will teach over 100 students.

“What we are doing is going to be a model for dental schools across the country,” said Steven Kaltman, DMD, MD FACSthe dean of NSU College of Dentistry. “The dental medicine paradigm is changing at a very rapid pace. By fully digitizing our curriculum, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of education with our students having an edge over other dental students at other schools.

The curriculum offered at the new international dental program will be the same as the current curriculum at the College of Dentistry at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. Instructional delivery will be through a combination of video conferencing, lecture and lecture capture, and on-site labs, which are already in place and used by other NSU healthcare professional programs.

Besides teaching, the program vision also includes clinical offerings for the Tampa Bay/Clearwater community. When it opens, the dental clinic, which will be staffed by both Drs. NSU. IDP students and faculty members Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel will provide a place where those in need of dental services and who wish to assist students during their academic journey can come to meet their needs.

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