Your personal statement may include information about dental education experiences, dental-related activities, and professional goals. When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions for submitting your personal statement.
You are required to submit three original letters of evaluation in English with your application. Letters written in a language other than English must be translated by an accredited U.S. translator.
- Two letters must be from a dean, associate dean, department chair, or faculty member at your former dental school.
- One letter must be written by a dental professional who has worked with you in the past 12 months.
All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly to CAAPID. When you fill out your CAAPID application, you will provide the names of your evaluators and their contact information, and CAAPID will contact them via email with instructions on how to submit a letter. The email will include a link to an online portal where they will upload their letters.
Each letter must:
- Be on the official letterhead of the organization with which the evaluator is affiliated.
- Include the evaluator’s mailing address, phone number, email address, and original signature.
- Have been written within 12 months of the application’s submission date.
Letters that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.
We encourage you to let your evaluators know that they will receive an email from CAAPID with your request for a letter of evaluation. The School of Dentistry’s Office of Admissions and Student Affairs ensures that evaluations are valid by calling evaluators at random.
Your dental school transcripts must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), an organization that reviews the educational credentials of people educated outside the United States. When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions for submitting your ECE evaluation.
Only ECE evaluations are accepted; we do not accept evaluations from any other service.
You are required to complete a minimum number of hours of continuing education, shadowing, and community service in the U.S. to be eligible for the IU-IDP.
- 20 hours of continuing education (online courses are acceptable)
- 100 hours of shadowing
- 300 hours of community service in the U.S. or Canada
When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions for submitting documentation of your hours.