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School of Dental Medicine—Professional Doctor of Dental Medicine Program

The School of Dental Medicine has been an integral part of the University of Pittsburgh's growth for nearly a century. Established in 1896 as an independent institution named the Pittsburgh Dental College, the school was incorporated into the University in 1905.

A member of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the School of Dental Medicine is fully approved and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Vision:The vision of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is to be a leader in high-quality dental education, scientific discovery, and oral health care..

Mission: The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is to improve oral health through teaching, research and service

Goals:

  • To offer an educational program in its predoctoral, postdoctoral, dental hygiene and continuing education programs, that draws on current best evidence and that allows students to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the oral health care needs of a diverse patient population;
  • To engage in research and knowledge transfer that will contribute to the advancement of oral health care;
  • To provide oral health care to the patient populations of the region;
  • To maintain an environment that supports the defined educational, research and service goals.

The School of Dental Medicine offers the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. The requirements for the DMD program are detailed below. For information on graduate programs offered by the school, see the School of Dental Medicine listing under Graduate Programs.

Contact Information

Kenneth Etzel
Associate Dean and Director, Student Services and Admissions
2114 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
412-648-8437
E-mail: mangold@pitt.edu
www.dental.pitt.edu

Admissions Requirements

Financial Assistance

Academic Standards: Professional/Ethical Conduct Statement For Students

Students will be evaluated on all aspects of professional behavior and ethical conduct. The evaluation will encompass criteria such as the student's interactions with faculty, supervisors, staff, patients, and peers, as well as how the student completes all clinical and didactic assignments within scheduled deadlines and in keeping with both the quality and standards established by the School of Dental Medicine faculty and the University of Pittsburgh faculty. Additionally, student compliance with all established policies and procedures will be evaluated when considering student promotion and board eligibility. Established policies and procedures are published in the Guidelines for Dental Students. The Guidelines for Dental Students document is available online at www.dental.pitt.edu.

Grading

Course instructors will state clearly their policy regarding grades and evaluation at the beginning of the course. A written document will be distributed to all students at the first class meeting. All required courses are graded according to the University's letter grade system for first-professional courses (see http://www.cfo.pitt.edu/policies/policy/09/09-01-01.html). Student advising begins with the faculty course director. It is the student's responsibility to seek advice from the faculty in any course in which the student has a grade lower than a C+.

DMD Program Requirements

The Doctor of Dental Medicine program at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine requires four years to complete. The program requires a minimum of 240 credits plus successful completion of dental professional requirements. For a complete list of the required courses, please refer to the listing of course offerings below. Upon successful completion of the course requirements, the student is eligible to take the Northeast Regional Board Examinations and apply for state licensure. Please note that course offerings are subject to change.

DMD Curriculum

Following is a listing of all DMD courses and a typical curriculum for each of the four years of the program:

 

First Year—Fall Term

DENT

5114

Cariology and Management of Caries

1.0

DENT

5115

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

1.0

DENT 5117 Professionalism in Dental Medicine 1.5

CDENT

5116

Evidence Based Dentistry 1

2.0

ORBIOL

5113

Molecular & Cell Biology Part 1

4.0

ORBIOL

5114

Molecular & Cell Biology Part 2

2.0

ORBIOL

5115

Microbial Physiology and Classification

2.0

ORBIOL

5120

Body Tissues

3.0

ORBIOL

5130

Oral Tissues and Embryology

3.0

RESTD

5111

Dental Anatomy-Morphology

2.0

RESTD

5115

Dental Anatomy & Morphology Lab

1.0

First Year—Spring Term

CDENT 5142 Evidence-Based Dentistry 2 1.0

DENT

5145

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2

2.0

DENT 5146 Cariology 2 1.0

ORBIOL

5140

Systemic Gross Anatomy

4.0

ORBIOL

5141

Systemic Human Physiology

5.0

ORBIOL

5142

Skull Anatomy & Cephalometry

2.0

ORBIOL

5143

Head and Neck Soft Tissue Anatomy

4.0

PERIO

5141

Periodontology 1

1.0

PERIO 5149 Clinical Periodontics 1 Lab 1.0
PROSTH 5142 Dental Materials 1 1.0
PROSTH 5146 Dental Materials 1 Lab 1.0

RESTD

5143

Principles of Operative Dentistry 1

2.0

RESTD

5147

Principles of Operative Dentistry 1 Lab

2.0

First Year—Summer Term

DENT

5173

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3

2.0

DIASCI

5170

General & Systemic Pathology

5.0

ORBIOL

5171

Infectious Diseases / Immunology 1

4.0

ORBIOL

5174

Craniofacial Genetics

4.0

PROSTH

5171

Principles of Dental Occlusion

3.0

RESTD

5172

Principles of Operative Dentistry 2

1.0

RESTD

5176

Principles of Operative Dentistry 2 Lab

2.0

Second Year—Fall Term

DENT

5211

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

2.0

DIASCI

5211

Radiology 1 (Didactic & Web Based)

1.0

DIASCI 5212 Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology 4.0

ORBIOL

5214

Pharmacology & Therapeutics

5.0

PEDENT

5211

Pediatric Dentistry 1

1.0

PERIO   Periodontology 2 1.0

PROSTH

5211

Fixed Partial Dentures 1

1.0

PROSTH

5215

Fixed Partial Dentures 1 Lab

2.5

PROSTH

5213

Complete Dentures 1

1.0

PROSTH

5217

Complete Dentures 1 Lab

1.5

RESTD 5210 Endodontics 1 1.0
RESTD 5216 Endodontics 1 Lab 1.5

Second Year—Spring Term

DENT

5242

Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 2

3.0

DIASCI

5241

Radiographic Interpretation 1

2.0

DSANE

5241

Local Anesthesia 1

2.0

DSANE 5245 Local Anesthesia Technique Lab 0.5

ODO

5242

Orthodontics Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

1.0

ORSUR

5241

Oral Surgery 1

1.0

PEDENT

5242

Pediatric Dentistry 2

1.0

PEDENT

5253

Pediatric Dentistry 3

1.0

PROSTH

5241

Removable Partial Dentures 1

1.0

PROSTH

5242

Dental Materials 2

1.0

PROSTH

5245

Removable Partial Dentures 1 Lab

1.5

PROSTH

5251

Fixed Partial Dentures 2

1.0

PROSTH

5256

Fixed Partial Dentures 2 Lab

2.5

RESTD

5244

Geriatrics Endodontics 1

1.0

RESTD

5247

Endodontics 2 Lab

1.5

RESTD

5252

Endodontics 2

1.0

Second Year—Summer Term

CDENT

5281

SCOPE 1

3.0

DENT

5283

Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 3

2.0

DSANE

5247

Advanced Local Anesthesia Tech Lab

0.5

DSANE 5272 Anesthesia 2: Medical Emergencies 1.0

ODO

5275

Orthodontics 4 Lab

1.0

ORSUR

5282

Oral Surgery 2

1.0

PEDENT

5279

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

1.0

PEDENT

5284

Pediatric Dentistry 4

1.0

PROSTH

5273

Fixed Partial Dentures 3

1.5

PROSTH

5276

Fixed Partial Dentures 3 Lab

1.5

PROSTH

5282

Complete Dentures 2

1.0

RESTD

5281

Principles of Operative Dentistry 3

1.0

Third Year—Fall Term

DENT

5310

Special Needs Dentistry

1.0

DENT

5321

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 1

3.0

DIASCI

5319

Clinical Radiology 1

1.0

DIASCI

5320

Management of Dental Emergencies

1.0

DIASCI

5329

Emergency Clinic Rotation 1

1.0

DSANE

5311

Patient Management: Enteral Sedation

1.0

DSANE

5313

Anesthesia 3 – Pain & Anxiety Control

1.0

ODO

5319

Clinical Orthodontics

2.0

ORSUR

5313

Oral Surgery 3

1.0

ORSUR 5314 Physical Diagnosis and Evaluation 1.0

ORSUR

5329

OMFS Rotation

2.0

PEDENT

5315

Pediatric Dentistry 5

1.0

PERIO

5319

Clinical Periodontics 2

2.0

PROSTH

5311

Implantology 1

1.0

RESTD

5313

Endodontics 3

1.0

RESTD

5319

Clinical Restorative Dentistry

3.0

Third Year—Spring Term

CDENT 5342 Introduction to Behavioral Dentistry 1.0

DENT

5340

Current Topics in Oral Health Research

1.0

DENT

5352

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 2

3.0

DIASCI

5341

Seminars in Oral Path & Oral Medicine

1.0

DIASCI

5342

Practice Administration

2.0

DIASCI

5359

Clinical Radiology 2

1.0

DIASCI

5369

Emergency Clinic Rotation 2

1.0

DSANE

5342

Clinical Medicine

1.0

DSANE

5344

Medical Emergencies – WISER Center

0.5

DSANE

5345

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Lab

0.5

ORSUR

5344

Oral Surgery 4

1.0

ORSUR

5349

Clinical Oral Surgery

3.0

ORSUR

5369

OMFS Rotation

2.0

PERIO 5343 Periodontology 3 1.0

PERIO

5349

Clinical Periodontics 3

3.0

PROSTH

5346

Implantology 2

1.0

RESTD

RESTD

Clinical Endodontics 1

2.5

RESTD

RESTD

Clinical Restorative Dentistry

3.0

Third Year—Summer Term

DENT

5373

Clinical Responsibilities 3

1.0

DENT

5383

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 3

3.0

DIASCI

5371

Practice Management

1.0

DIASCI

5373

Oral Radiology

2.0

DIASCI

5388

Clinical Radiology 3

1.0

DIASCI

5389

Emergency Clinic Rotation 3

3.0

ORSUR

5389

OMFS Rotation 3

2.0

PEDENT

5379

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

3.0

PERIO

5379

Clinical Periodontology 4

3.0

PROSTH

5343

Principles of Dental Occlusion 2

1.0

PROSTH

5373

Simulated Patient Treatment

3.0

RESTD

5375

Esthetic Restorative Dentistry

1.0

RESTD

5379

Clinical Restorative Dentistry 3

3.0

RESTD

5399

Endodontics Rotation 3

3.0

Fourth Year—Fall Term

DENT

5414

Clinical Responsibilities

1.0

DENT

5424

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 4

3.0

DIASCI

5419

Emergency Clinic Rotation 4

1.0

PERIO

5419

Clinical Periodontics 5

2.0

PROSTH

5419

Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

3.0

PROSTH

5429

Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics

3.0

RESTD

5419

Clinical Restorative Dentistry

3.0

Fourth Year—Spring Term

DENT

5440

Senior Case Presentation

2.0

DENT

5445

Clinical Responsibilities

1.0

DENT

5455

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning 5

3.0

DENT

5459

Special Needs Clinical Dentistry

1.0

DIASCI

5469

Emergency Clinic Rotation 5

1.0

ORSUR

5449

Clinical Oral Surgery

3.0

PEDENT

5449

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

3.0

PERIO

5449

Clinical Periodontics 6

3.0

PROSTH

5449

Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

3.0

PROSTH

5459

Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics

3.0

RESTD

5448

Clinical Endodontics 2

3.0

RESTD

5449

Clinical Restorative Dentistry

3.0

 

School of Dental Medicine Faculty

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