First Professional Degree (D.M.D.) ProgramThe UAB School of Dentistry has designed a progressive curriculum to educate students in the science and art of clinical dentistry. We believe that early clinical activities are essential for student development. As such, our students participate in clinical activities in the first semester of school.
Our basic science education is among the top in the nation. It is organized by organ system, to better help students make the vital connection between basic science knowledge and clinical practice. In other words, instead of studying traditional disciplines like “gross anatomy” or “microbiology,” our students take classes called “Cardiovascular system” and “Respiratory system.” Simultaneously, students are taking dental science courses which emphasize and build upon information learned in the basic science curriculum.
In the second year, students build upon their earlier clinical experience. Our students perform procedures such as simple fillings, medical history reviews, charting, chairside assisting, making provisionals, impressions, and making x-rays. This clinical exposure is well received by students and an exciting part of the year. Much of the second year is devoted to pre-clinical exercises, where students learn to make crowns and perform operative dentistry in our state-of-the-art simulation lab.
The third and fourth years are clinical in nature. We take pride in the quality of clinical work our dental students produce. Also, our diverse and abundant patient population allows our students have a tremendous quantity and variety of clinical experiences.
With the exception of specialty clinic rotations, dental care is based on a comprehensive care model. This means that each student is responsible for treating the total needs of the patient, typically involving several disciplines. Emphasis is placed on appropriate treatment planning, non-invasive interventions where possible, and compassionate care. We enjoy the support of all major dental specialties within the school.
In addition to education within the walls of the School, our students are encouraged to participate in service and patient care activities in the community. A variety of extramural rotations are available to achieve these goals with our students.