The School of Dental Medicine curriculum is designed to provide students with a comprehensive educational experience that allows them to master the knowledge and requisite skills associated with the practice of general dentistry.
The goals of the curriculum are to help students:
- Gain an understanding of the basic sciences related to structures, functions and interrelationships among body systems in both health and disease.
- Develop competency in clinical skills which include but are not limited to patient assessment, treatment-planning, patient education, prevention of oral disease, control of pain and anxiety, prevention and management of dental and medical emergencies, and the diagnosis, management and treatment of the major oral diseases and conditions.
- Gain an understanding of behavioral science concepts from the fields of psychology, sociology, public health and administration applied to the delivery of care and to the management of a dental practice.
The curriculum consists of two major components, the Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) and the Dental Sciences (DS). Both components run parallel in a manner to both reinforce essential information and to reduce non-beneficial redundancy.