Dental Internship Program


The Dental Internship Program is a one-year clinical training program, offered by the Thumbay Dental Hospital (TDH), which is a primary training site at the Thumbay University Hospital Complex, Ajman. The institution was Accredited by the National Institute of Health Specialties (NIHS) for offering internship and residency programs in March 2023, following which the dental internship program received accreditation by the NIHS for a period of 5 years.

Program Director

Dr. Jovita Lawrence D’souza
Clinical Director
Lecturer & Specialist in Periodontics

Dental internship program goals

  • Create formal learning opportunities to consolidate, expand, and apply dental knowledge across multiple clinical disciplines.
  • Provide on-the-job clinical experience to develop core clinical skills essential for basic dental care.
  • Develop a learning environment that facilitates the development of communication skills and professional behavior crucial for effective patient care.

The core competencies of the dental internship program include

  1. Professionalism (P)
  2. Patient Care and Procedural Skills (PCPS)
  3. Medical Knowledge (MK)
  4. Practice-based Learning and Improvement (PBLI)
  5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills (ICS)
  6. Systems-based Practice (SBP)

Program Learning Outcomes

The Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) of the dental internship program are as follows:

EPA 1: Gathering patient information.
EPA 2: Formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan for different dental conditions.
EPA 3: Performing preventive and restorative treatment.
EPA 4: Performing non-surgical endodontic procedures.
EPA 5: Performing prosthodontic procedures.
EPA 6: Performing oral surgery procedures.
EPA 7: Providing dental care for the child patient.
EPA 8: Managing patients with periodontal disease.
EPA 9: Managing patients with orthodontic problems
EPA 10: Providing dental care for vulnerable populations of different age groups.
EPA 11: Applying universal standards of infection control and prevention measures.
EPA 12: Control of pain and anxiety and managing medical emergencies.
EPA 13: Utilizing digital tools in dental practice.
EPA 14:  Communicating effectively.
EPA 15: Behaving professionally

Prof. Hesham Fathi Marei

Dean, College of Dentistry
Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Prof. Sura Ali Ahmed Fuoad Al- Bayati

Chairperson, Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Dental Sciences
Professor of Oral Medicine

Prof. Dusan Surdilovic

Chairperson, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences
Professor of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry

Dr. Bassem Mohamed

Chairperson, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences
Associate Professor of Endodontics


Dr. Tarek Elsewify

Associate Professor of Endodontics

Dr. Ahmed Adel Salama

Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Diaaeldin Saad Awad Farag

Associate Professor of Fixed Prosthodontics

Dr. Sherif Aly Sadek

Associate Professor of Removable Prosthodontics


Dr. Ayman Raouf Ahmed Khalifa

Associate Professor of Orthodontics


Dr. Sabrin Ali Azim

Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Heba Mohamed Abdelaal

Associate Professor of Operative Dentistry


Dr. Bhavna Jha Kukreja

Assistant Professor of Periodontology


Dr. Ranya Farag Elemam

Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Dr. Srinivas

Dr. Srinivas Sulugodu Ramachandra

Assistant Professor of Periodontics

Dr. Shakeel S Khazi

Lecturer and Specialist in Prosthodontics

Dr. M Sesha Reddy

Lecturer and Specialist in Periodontics

Dr. Mohammed Shoaib ur Rahman Tippu

Lecturer & Specialist A; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Riham HadjHamou

Lecturer & Specialist in Orthodontics

Dr. L. Ashwin Narayanan

Lecturer & Specialist in Endodontics


Dr. Jovita Lawrence D’souza

Lecturer & Specialist in Periodontics

Dr. Asmaa Tahseen Uthman

Lecturer and Specialist in Oral Radiology

Dr. Doha Mohamed Fouad

Clinical Tutor

Dr. Rana Mohammed El-daour

Specialist in Restorative Dentistry


Dr. Rawan Ibrahim Al-Mohammadi

Specialist in Restorative Dentistry


Dr. Anne Younan Kamel

Clinical Tutor


Dr. Toka Ibrahim Saidi

Clinical Instructor

Mr. Abdul Rahoof Narimukkil

Senior Dental Technician

Mr. Prashobh Kandambeth Puthiyapurayil

Dental Technician

Mr. Ganesh Kumar Bhojappa

Dental Technician

Mr. Pradeep John Ekka

Executive Secretary Dean’s Office

Mr. Shahudeen Kader Kolangarakandy

Office Assistant Dean’s Office

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the internship, students should have:

  1. Undergraduate dental degree from accredited universities in the UAE.
  2. Undergraduate dental degree from universities outside the UAE duly certified by the MOE of the UAE.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency equivalent to UAE undergraduate dental admission requirement.
  4. Proof of medical fitness
  5. Good standing certificate

Admission Timeline

Dental Internship 2024 – Admission Timelines
Application Opens (GMU students) 15th March 2024
Application Submission Deadline 15th May 2024
Application Review Process 15th May to 21st May 2024
Application Opens (Non-GMU students) 22nd  May 2024
Application Submission Deadline 22nd June 2024
Application Review Period 23rd June to 30th June 2024
Interviews / Assessments (Face to Face) 1st July to 10th July 2024
Final List Declaration 15th July 2024
Internship Registration 15th July to 30th July 2024
Training License Activation Process 15th July to 15th September 2024
Orientation to the Internship Program 26th September to 30th September (Tentative)
Start of Internship Program 2nd October 2024


  • Fill online application form [Link]

Documents required as a part of the application

  • Passport copy
  • Emirates ID (For UAE Residents)
  • University Transcript
  • Degree Certificate
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of English language proficiency equivalent to UAE undergraduate dental admission requirement. (Anyone)
    • IELTS- 5
    • TOEFL- 61
    • EmSAT- 1100

Documents required upon confirmation

  • Valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
  • Malpractice medical insurance certificate (MMI)
  • Trainee License
  • Infectious Screen Panel:
    • HIV I & II
    • HCV Ab
    • HBsAg
    • HBsAb Titre (if < 10 IU) Take 3 doses of vaccine (0.1.6 months)
  • GMU Graduates: AED 52,500
  • Outside Graduates: AED 63,000
  • Trainee License Fee: AED 3300

*Note: All are including VAT