How does the program work?

Students participate in APEX, an eight-week internship in a private dental office or public health clinic, at the end of their first year. APEX is designed to provide students the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the classroom during their first year and to lay the foundation for more advanced clinical topics they will learn in the second year.

What can students do in an APEX office?

As part of the dental team, you will take dental and medical histories and take and record vital signs. You will become an integral part of the APEX dental office by assisting at chairside, exposing, developing, and interpreting radiographs, taking alginate impressions, and providing home-care instruction. You will also be exposed to the practice management systems utilized in the office.

Who are the APEX mentors?

They are experienced general dentists who want to give back to the profession of dentistry by mentoring students.

What are some advantages of the APEX Program?

  • Work alongside a practicing dentist while applying classroom learning to real-world practice.
  • Enhance your communication skills by interacting with patients on a daily basis.
  • See a variety of specialties, which can help you decide whether you want to specialize.
  • Make valuable professional contacts. Each year, several APEX offices hire their APEX students as associates.
  • Learn how to manage a dental practice.

What types of APEX placements are available?

APEX sites include private practice, hospital-based ambulatory facilities, and community health centers. Most APEX sites are general practices, which can give students an understanding of all aspects of dentistry. We also offer students the opportunity to visit specialty offices in orthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, and prosthodontics.

Contact Us

Have questions or comments? Contact us at apex@bu.edu or:

  • Dr. Michelle Henshaw, Associate Dean Global and Population Health (617) 358-6111, mhenshaw@bu.edu
  • Dr. Ana Zea, Director Community Based Education (617) 358-6415, azea@bu.edu
  • Hector Mendoza Administrative Coordinator (617) 358-6408, hmendoza@bu.edu

APEX Office

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Global and Population Health
560 Harrison Ave, 3rd Floor, Suite 300
Fax: 617-358-6604