Predoctoral Program: Curriculum
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.