Elective Externships

Creighton University School of Dentistry offers its students externships that are a required component of the senior dental education curriculum (CPD 414).  Students may also seek other non-required (elective) externship during their four-year education provided they are not on academic probation.  These elective externships are to be limited to programs that issue a degree or certificate (i.e. post-doctoral specialties, GPR and AEGD) or that provide dental services to disadvantaged populations (i.e. Indian Health Service of Community Health Centers).  This policy specifically excludes service trips, continuing education courses, and private practices.  All elective externships must be approved in writing with a formal agreement between Creighton University and the externship site.  Students who participate in elective externships without a formal agreement may be subject to disciplinary action and will not be covered by the university’s professional liability insurance.  Students who participate in non-approved externships do so at their own risk and should not represent themselves as dental students of Creighton University School of Dentistry.  Additionally, if this activity occurs while the dental school is in session, time spent away from school will be considered as an unexcused absence.  Only those elective externships that are approved will receive an excused absence designation.

The Director of Extramural Programs facilitates student requests for elective externships and is the liaison between the university, dental school and externship site.  The Director will ensure appropriate documentation is complete prior to any externship and will keep this on file at Creighton University School of Dentistry.

Elective externships do not replace any part of the Creighton dental school discipline-based, clinical curriculum.  No academic credit will be issued for participation, including RVU’s.  Only students who are in good academic standing will be approved for elective externships.  Absences due to these externships will not be considered in promotions or appeals decisions.  In requesting approval for elective externships, the following guidelines apply:

  1. All student requests for elective externships must be made by submitting a signed Policy for Elective Externships form and a completed Request for Approval for Elective Externships form (Part A and B) to the Director of Extramural ProgramsStudents should allow sufficient time for processing requests for externships.  Requests for externships that require an affiliation agreement  need to be submitted 60 days prior to the absence.  Requests for residency program externships need to be submitted 30 days prior to the absence. 
  2. Prior to the end of the first semester of the third year, students may only provide direct patient care while on an externship if it as affiliated with an educational institution, such as a medical center or school of dentistry. 
  3. Third and fourth year students may be absent from regularly scheduled curriculum time for no more than 2 consecutive weeks with a maximum of 4 weeks total each academic year.  Any student approved for absence to attend an elective externship is fully responsible for all missed didactic, laboratory and/or clinical assignments.  Students in the first and second year may only be absent during times when school is not in session.  Except under certain special circumstances, no student at any level may participate in an elective externship during a time when final exams are being administered, including those exams offered “outside” the scheduled final exam period (see Final Exam Attendance Policy).
  4.  Students will be notified by the Director of Extramural Programs if their request has been approved or denied.  The Director will also notify the Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean for Student Affairs and the Dean for Clinical Operations of any approved absence.