Dr. Hanadi Al Enezi is one of two scholars from Kuwait University who are studying at Pacific as part of the first cohort in the International Dental Educator Program.

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Pacific's Schools of Education and Dentistry Launch International Dental Educator Program

Collaboration with Kuwait University brings international scholars to Pacific to receive training as Dental Educators
Mar 7, 2013

The International General Dentist Educator (IGDE) program provides the opportunity for international scholars looking to further their dental education and eventually become dental educators to come to Pacific for five years of advanced training and graduate work. Currently there are two students, Drs. Fawaz Alzoubi and Hanadi Al Enezi, both from Kuwait University, going through the program.

The program has been in development since 2010, and is the result of collaboration between the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the Gladys Benerd School of Education and Kuwait University Faculty of Dentistry. The IGDE program stems from the Dugoni School's goals to grow its international relationships; advance the future of dental education; and improve global oral health.

Participants are required to undergo clinical and didactic training as well as complete a thesis project at Pacific. Clinical education is provided under the two-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry program leading to a clinical certificate upon completion of both years. Didactic education is provided under the two-year graduate program leading to a Master's Degree in Professional Education and Leadership through the Benerd School of Education. The final year of the program consists of completing a thesis project, and the teaching practicum in didactic, pre-clinical and clinical education of doctoral students.

The two scholars chosen to participate in this first cohort received a scholarship to go toward the program costs. Upon completion, they will be academically qualified to teach and practice at Kuwait University, and both scholars have plans to return to Kuwait University as dental educators.

Dr. Fawzi Alzoubi from Kuwait University

"I feel that I have grown both as a clinician and an educator," said Alzoubi about his experiences in the program to date. "I plan to become an influential educational leader in the field of dentistry and health care in general. I am certain I will accomplish this goal with the never-ending, generous and constant support from the University of the Pacific."

While the program was initially designed for scholars from Kuwait University, other universities have shown interest in having scholars participate in the program. Pacific is accepting applications from prospective students at all non-U.S. universities. Questions and applications may be directed to Graduate Admissions Advisor Gloria Sue at 415.929.6677. More details are available on the IGDE program's web page.