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SDM GD 510: Comprehensive Preclinical Dentistry
This comprehensive course integrates content previously taught separately in three courses: Introduction to Dental Practice, Operative Dentistry I & Preclinical Operative Dentistry I. This course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts and skills necessary to the successful practice of dentistry. Concepts include didactic instruction in the following areas: infection control, bacterial plaque formation, etiology and prevention of both dental caries and periodontal disease, and patient education for both individual and group instruction. Clinical instruction is provided in the Predoctoral Treatment Center and Simulation Learning Center and is focused on providing instruction in infection control, patient evaluation, basic instrumentation skills, coronal polishing and sealant placement. Through a Service Learning component, students are also engaged in community service activities at schools in the Boston area that are affiliated with GSDM. This course also presents a comprehensive introduction to direct restorations. The course includes discussion of dental caries, isolation techniques, general tooth preparation principles, simple amalgam restorations, anterior composite resin restorations and adhesive systems.
SDM MB 511: Molecular Genetics
This course introduces the emerging science of molecular genetics. The course is designed to complement courses in microbiology and immunology and to prepare the students to understand and assimilate coming knowledge being developed by researchers and the various implications for dental practice.
SDM MD 510: Anatomical Sciences I
In the first half of the course microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, and organs is taught, emphasizing the relationship of structure to function and to macroscopic anatomy. The second half of the course is dedicated to the study of the structure and function of the nervous system. Instructors discuss the specific anatomical structure of the central and peripheral nervous systems and use clinical correlations to show the effects of lesions on various areas of the nervous system.
SDM MD 511: Anatomical Sciences II
This course covers a wide range of topics in human gross anatomy that are relevant to the practice of dentistry. Specifically, lectures will provide in-depth details of the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, upper extremity, neck, head and brain. In addition, the structure, function and details of bones and joints of the body will be covered. In the lab portion of this course, we have the invaluable opportunity to use cadavers to directly observe the anatomical structures discussed in lecture.
SDM MD 512: Biochemistry
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic principles of modern biochemistry. The topics to be covered include an introduction to biochemistry and its importance to understanding oral health as well as proteins, enzymes, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, sugar and lipid metabolism, hormones and second messengers and connective tissue biochemistry. In addition to the traditional lecture format, students participate in case-based presentations designed to integrate clinical cases with the material presented in class.
SDM MD 514: Physiology
This course presents the physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and integrated body functions, including student led discussion of the physiological basis of clinical conditions. An integrated approach is also taken to the endocrine system including extensive discussion of fuel metabolism and reproductive physiology. Hormonal aberrations and their end results are presented in clinical correlations by students.
SDM MD 515: Microbiology and Immunology
The overall goals of this course are to provide students with: (1) a basic background in microbiology, including the nomenclature, structure, physiology, genetics, mechanisms of pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations associated with the major pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses); (2) an understanding of how the basic principles of microbiology are integral to effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease, and (3) a basic background in immunology including the functions and disorders of the immune system.
SDM MD 520: General Pathology
This course covers the fundamental concepts of modern pathology and explains how to apply the process of differential diagnosis in the major human diseases. Pathologic mechanisms and principles of most organs and systems of the body are discussed, with emphasis on those most relevant to oral health and care of dental patients. The course includes lectures by the School of Medicine Pathology faculty and Integrated Problem Sessions presented by students.
SDM OB 511: Oral Biology I
This course is a comprehensive consideration of the embryology, microscopic and macroscopic structure, and functions of the orofacial complex. Material from the other basic sciences is expanded and related to the oral cavity. Emphasis is on the normal state of oral health.
SDM OD 510: Oral Diagnosis/Radiology I
This web-based course is designed to introduce basic radiology concepts to pre-doctoral dental students. Students will gain knowledge of the basic concepts of how x-rays are created and interact, as well as a familiarity with dental radiographic techniques. This course includes training of students to analyze the biological effects of ionizing radiation.
SDM PH 512: Professional Ethics Development
Professional Ethics Development is designed to explore the personal and professional values of the dental student and the dental health professional. The course provides a historical and conceptual framework of dentistry, and presents the profession's code of ethics as well as explores some current ethical and legal issues affecting professional practice. The purpose of the course is to assist students in the transition from undergraduate school to professional school and ultimately into knowledgeable, skilled, and caring professionals. Students discuss the school's code of conduct and identify common values of the class, participate in case-based discussions and writing assignments to raise awareness about the personal and professional values involved in dental school and dental practice.
SDM PH 517: Evidence-Based Dentistry
The lecture component of this course is an introduction to assessing and evaluating published scientific and dental literature. Students learn to examine the general concepts in experimental design, scientific methodology, and the appropriateness of statistical methods used to evaluate the conclusions of studies. In the seminar component of the course, students meet in small groups led by faculty members who serve as facilitators. Published scientific evidence is used to help develop sound reasoning and critical thinking skills in students. Students analyze scientific literature and learn about general patterns of clinical judgment, critical thinking, decision-making, and application of scientific evidence into everyday practice.
SDM PH 610: Applied Professional Experience Clerkship (APEX)
During the summer, at the end of their first year, students participate in an 8 week internship rotation at community health centers or private practices approved and affiliated with GSDM. During this time, students are allowed to participate in the provision of patient care. Students experience the different roles of the dental team, and perform a series of observational and hands-on activities that reinforce their knowledge and application of infection control measures, production and evaluation of intraoral radiographs, diagnostic procedures, patient evaluation, caries risk assessment, patient education and preventive dentistry.
SDM RS 510: Dental Anatomy and Occlusion
The lecture aspect of this course provides the student essential knowledge in the anatomical and morphological characteristics of teeth and their functional relationship to each other as well as to surrounding orofacial structures. Dental terminology is introduced and integrated throughout the course material. The practical component of the course allows the student to practically apply the knowledge obtained from the didactic portion of the course while developing psychomotor skills through the use and manipulation of dental materials. The clinical relevance of this subject matter is emphasized throughout all aspects of the course.