The Dentist Scientist Award (DSA) program was started by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) in 1984 to prepare dentists for careers as clinical research scientists who would be highly skilled investigators and potential leaders in the full scope of oral health research. The DSA program provides support for dentists to undertake 5 years of intensive preparation in a course of study that includes basic and clinical science components integrated with a supervised research experience. From 1984 to 1994, the NIDR has invested +66.1 million dollars in the individual and institutional Dentist Scientist Award programs. Almost 250 people have been or are involved now in the DSA career development activity. Men comprise 72% of the recipients and women 28%.
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