As one of the oldest dental schools in the nation, and the only dental school in Indiana, the Indiana University School of Dentistry at IUPUI has been training future dentists for almost 140 years.
Over fifty of those dentists have come from Thailand.
"As far as dentistry is concerned, in terms of the U.S. norm for dental schools, we're pretty well ahead of many in terms of our commitment to internationalization," said Michael Kowolik, professor, executive associate dean and associate dean for faculty affairs and global engagement at the School of Dentistry. "So at any one time, about 50 percent of our graduate students are international students. Our largest contingent are from Saudi Arabia, and our second largest contingent is from Thailand."
Globalization has been a mission of the IU School of Dentistry for more than 50 years and has included numerous collaborations, some of which involve the exchange of students, faculty and ideas. Like IU as a whole, one of the school's longest relationships has been with Thailand.
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[Words appear in lower-right corner: Indiana University presents]
[Video: The exterior of the IU School of Dentistry, or IUSD, on IUPUI's campus.]
Michael Kowolik, of the IU School of Dentistry, speaks in voiceover: The School of Dentistry has a very rich history of involvement globally.
[Video: Kowolik appears on camera.]
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Kowolik speaks in voiceover: Some of our graduate programs go back to the 1950s and 1960s, some are more recent.
[Video: New dental equipment and exam stations in a lab at IUSD.]
Kowolik speaks in voiceover: In terms of the U.S. norm for dental schools, we're pretty well ahead of many in terms of our commitment …
[Video: A sign that reads "BDMS Wellness Clinic; Predict - Prevent - Personalized."]
Kowolik speaks in voiceover: … to internationalization. So, at any one time, about …
[Video: A dentist from Thailand walks down a hallway at the IUSD office. Later she is seen in her scrubs and lab coat, working with a patient. The dentist looks at a computer screen that shows an X-ray of her patient's teeth.]
Kowolik speaks in voiceover: … 50 percent of our graduate students are international students. Our largest contingent are from Saudi Arabia, and our second-largest contingent…
[Video: Kowolik appears on camera.]
Kowolik speaks: … are from here in Thailand.
[Video: The dentist from Thailand begins to examine her patient. The patient is lying back in her chair. A technician is assisting the dentist. She uses dental tools to examine her patient's teeth.]
Kowolik speaks in voiceover: So, we've had master's students, Ph.D. students, postdocs from Thailand that have gone on to very successful careers here in Thailand.
[Video: Kamolphob Phasuk, a clinical assistant professor with the department of prosthodontics at IUSD, appears on camera.]
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Phasuk speaks: IU has a big reputation, a big connection for, in Thailand especially with Chulalongkorn, for quite a long time …
[Video: Three dental students from Thailand stand in the lab area, studying and reviewing notes they have taken. The Indianapolis skyline can be seen behind them through the large windows. Later, another Thai student is practicing her skills by using dental tools on a test dummy. Next, the dental equipment and exam stations at IUSD are shown.
Phasuk speaks in voiceover: … and plus in prosthodontics world, we have lots of books published from the authors who were studying or teaching at IU.
[Video: A patient is seen in a dental chair. Two females, wearing scrubs, prepare the room and begin to examine his teeth.
Phasuk speaks in voiceover: So, IU school's renowned for prosthodontics anyway. So, when I got opportunity to talk to one of … the chair in the department at that time, …
[Video: Phasuk appears on camera.]
Phasuk speaks: … so he asked me, would you like to join us? I said, "Of course, yes."
[Video: A dentist in Thailand walks through the waiting room of the dental office. She meets two other dentists in an examining area and begins to talk to them.]
Phasuk speaks in voiceover: One thing that I think is important in your life, after you get to do something everywhere in the world, you need to give back to the city you come from, where you come from, and the city you live with.
[Video: A sign that reads, "FLIP8; Future Leaders in Prosthodontic 8; Workshop Program; Faculty of Dentistry Chulalongkorn University; Bangkok, Thailand; March 4-5, 2019" is shown. A person walks in front of the sign.]
Phasuk speaks in voiceover: So, it's lucky for me that the two places that I come from and the place that I am working, …
[Video: Phasuk and a co-worker are looking at his laptop. Later, Phasuk is seen talking to another individual.]
Phasuk speaks in voiceover: … they already have a close relationship. And I can just strengthen that by trying to make it more active and active and keep, you know, this going.
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