TRANSPARENCY AND FAIRPLAY IN THE PROCESS OF REVALIDATION OF FOREIGN DENTAL DEGREES IN CHILE
Only 4 countries have bilateral treaties with Chile to recognise dental degrees:
BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR and URUGUAY
Dental degrees from these countries do NOT need revalidating.
The Chilean Foreign Ministry recognises these degrees after minor red tape.
more than 180 countries in the world do not have treaties in place with Chile.
the 1 and ONLY organisation responsible for revalidation of dental degrees from countries WITHOUT TREATIES is the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Chile.
more than 2,000 foreign dental degrees from countries WITH TREATIES were recognised by the FOREIGN MINISTRY in a 10-year period.
65 foreign dental degrees from countries WITHOUT TREATIES were revalidated by the UNIVERSITY OF CHILE in a 10-year period.
1,500 USD / 1,000 GBP / 1,200 EUR is the fee candidates must pay the UNIVERSITY OF CHILE for the process of revalidation. This fee does NOT include all the additional hidden costs and dental materials candidates will require to pay for and which easily doubles the sum payable to the UNIVERSITY OF CHILE.
more than 100 dental professionals are currently trapped within this process unable to finish it and get on with their professional careers.
This is equivalent to more than 150,000 US dollars worth of fees, which the UNIVERSITY OF CHILE haS received from candidates (100,000GBP / 120,000EUR).
the theory exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions (many of which are of questionable quality)
in addition, there are 18 practical exams (many of which are of questionable quality)
the UNIVERSITY OF CHILE has taken up to 12 months to schedule some of the practical exams within the process
the rules and regulations of the process have NOT been kept by the UNIVERSITY
exams are NOT scheduled within the official periods as per the rules and regs.
there is NO internal nor external AUDITING of the process and there is NO QUALITY ASSURANCE in place.
Up to 2015 the UNIVERSITY did NOT follow domestic and international regulations for cross-infection control and ionising radiation protection.
despite rules stipulating that all documents for every candidate must be evaluated with due diligence and a report produced, this has not been carried out
there are NO available statistics regarding overall pass rates, drop out rates, failures rates etc. The stats quoted by the UNIVERSITY are unreliable.
There is NO respect for candidates time or their personal lives given that the UNIVERSITY has scheduled some exams with ONLY 24 hours' notice.