Innovation in Dental Education

The Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine curriculum has adopted an integrative model that will implement a symptoms-based approach for learning throughout its behavioral, biomedical, and clinical courses. Students will be trained through the inclusion of symptoms most prevalent and identifiable and/or treatable by general dental practitioners. This model will include exposure to advanced techniques or skills used by specialists, and it will focus on preparing students with the current best practices, skills, knowledge, and professional values to succeed as a general practitioner.

There are five tracts in which the curriculum is categorized:

Dental Scientific Principles of Medicine (DSPM)

The introduction of integrated medical information by systems important to the delivery of dentistry, such as cardio pulmonary, digestive and oral pathology is presented during this tract. This tract will be taken Year 1-Year 4.

Dental Society, Community and the Individual (DSCI)

Spanish conversation emphasizing medical and dental terminology; social foundations of health, clinical research, epidemiology, and statistics is a vital component of this curriculum. The Community Health Certificate is embedded in DSCI. This tract will be taken Year 1-Year 2. This course includes Dental Spanish (DSPA).

Dental Colloquium (DCOL)

The concepts of ethics, controversies in dentistry, wellness, critical thinking, cultural diversity, and practice administration is introduced during Dental Colloquium. This tract will be taken Year 1-Year 4.

Dental Skills (DDSK)

This tract teaches discipline based skills used in a clinical setting necessary to become competent general dental practitioners. This tract will be taken Year 1-Year 4.

Dental Elective (DLEC)

Time is allotted in this curriculum to pursue independent investigation and research, and in depth exploration and practice in areas of personal dental concentration. This tract will be taken Year 3-Year 4.