The International Dentist Bootcamp (LIVE-STREAMED ONLINE)

A Program by International Dentists for International Dentists.


2-Day Live-Streaming Online Session:

  • March 28, 2023, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST
  • March 29, 2023, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST


The registration period has closed for this event.


Informational Webinar


We held an informational webinar on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 12:00 noon EST.


This webinar went over some details about this bootcamp and shared some success stories from our last group!


If you would like to watch a recording of this informational webinar please click on the link below:


The International Dentist Bootcamp

By International Dentists for International Dentists

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 dentists 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, and other career paths for the foreign trained in the U.S.: research, leadership, corporate and advocacy. Participants will build and receive feedback on an action plan to achieve their professional goals, learn the skills to craft a powerful CV and personal statement, and practice the interview skills needed for success. Bootcampers will join and build a networking community with program directors and other successful dental practitioners in the country.


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:


  • discuss 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 the application requirements and examinations
  • identify the licensure variabilities across states
  • construct a competitive Curriculum Vitae, personal statement, and a career action plan
  • examine strategies to succeed at interviews
  • 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, MBA, Assistant Professor and Director of Faculty Education and Calibration, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lagreca is a Board-Certified Prosthodontist and fellow of the American Board of Prosthodontics. She received her first dental degree (DDS) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. She then received her certificate in Prosthodontics, Implant Fellowship training and currently Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degrees from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). Dr. Lagreca teaches in classroom, clinical and preclinical prosthodontics to pre and postdoctoral residents and supports the Office of Academic Affairs in faculty development, training, and calibration. She was appointed for the ADEA Council of Faculties national representation, and is the 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. Dr. Lagreca is the President of the American College of Prosthodontics Massachusetts section, where she leads the prosthodontics community in the state, organizes continuing education programs and collaborates with dental professionals and educators from Harvard, Tufts and Boston University. Dr. Lagreca’s achievements have been recognized by the Incisal Edge Magazine 40-under-40 2021 Award and The American Dental Association Institute for Diversity in Leadership. See Faculty Profile Here

IRINA F. DRAGAN, DMD, DDS, MS, Adjunct Associate Professor and Former 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 incomprehensive 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, she 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, 2016 AAP Foundation Fellowship to attend Institute for Teaching and Learning Program, 2016 ADEA Chair of the Board Directors (Presidential) Citation, 2018 American Academy of Periodontolgoy Foundation Tarrson Award and the 2019 TUSDM Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service. She has published more than 40 papers, authored textbooks, and lectured worldwide. She is a Lecturer at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in the Periodontology Postgraduate Program. Dr. Dragan maintains a private practice limited to periodontology and implant dentistry at Brookline Periodontal Associates. See Faculty Profile Here

Message from the Directors

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



“This program exceeded my expectations. It was not only educational and informative, but also emotional and inspirational. I started this process five years ago; maybe if I had found this course before, I would be already completing my dream of being a prosthodontist.” -Bootcamper's feedback.



“The panel was extremely well organized, and the efforts of the hosts in planning the event really came through. The interaction between the participants and panelists was smooth, well-timed, and very pertinent information was shared- great experience!” -Panelist's feedback


Check out our publication from this program!


Lagreca G, Dragan IF. The international dentist bootcamp: A multi-institutional collaboration to foster diversity. J Dent Educ. 2021 Sep 24. doi: 10.1002/jdd.12799. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34561859.

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.

Course Fee

Early Bird Discount: Register before March 3, 2023 and receive $250 off (total tuition $1,000)


Regular Tuition: $1,250



Remaining Seats: 3





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


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.

Enrollment and Cancellation Policy

The Office of Continuing Education reserves the right to close registration when an enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Office of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel or postpone a course. If a course has been canceled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course's status.

Educational Content

Live Streamed Lectures, Panels, Group Discussions and Group Activities

Live-Streamed Program Information

You will receive a link to the virtual program from the TUSDM Continuing Education Office closer to the event in a separate email closer to the date of the program.

On the date/time of the program:

Click on the link in the confirmation or reminder email to join the live-streamed program. The course will begin at the designated start time.

To participate:

You can participate from home on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. This Webinar Series uses Zoom software. Zoom works best if you download the Zoom app. You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting or webinar.

About Us


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


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