Pre-Doctoral Electives

  • SDM MB 652: IREC 2
    Intensive Research Elective Course (IREC) IREC provides intensive and structured research experiences throughout the dental school curriculum for predoctoral dental students interested in careers in oral health research. The objectives are: 1) to carry out well-defined research projects under the guidance of research mentors; 2) to enhance critical thinking skills; 3) to participate in the full range of research-related activities, including scientific meetings and journal clubs; 4) to train in the design and execution of scientific studies, gain better understanding of innovative dental techniques, materials and tools, and develop analytical thinking abilities; and 5) to contribute to the discovery of new knowledge and dissemination through the scientific literature. There are three IREC options: * IREC1 - Intensive Research DMD year 1 (as part of the APEX program) (3 credits); * IREC2 - Intensive Research DMD year 2 (2 credits); * IREC3 - Intensive Research DMD year 3 (2 credits). The long-range goals of IREC are to produce better informed dental clinicians with improved eligibility for academic appointments.
  • SDM MB 653: IREC 3
    Intensive Research Elective Course (IREC) IREC provides intensive and structured research experiences throughout the dental school curriculum for predoctoral dental students interested in careers in oral health research. The objectives are: 1) to carry out well-defined research projects under the guidance of research mentors; 2) to enhance critical thinking skills; 3) to participate in the full range of research-related activities, including scientific meetings and journal clubs; 4) to train in the design and execution of scientific studies, gain better understanding of innovative dental techniques, materials and tools, and develop analytical thinking abilities; and 5) to contribute to the discovery of new knowledge and dissemination through the scientific literature. There are three IREC options: * IREC1 - Intensive Research DMD year 1 (as part of the APEX program) (3 credits); * IREC2 - Intensive Research DMD year 2 (2 credits); * IREC3 - Intensive Research DMD year 3 (2 credits). The long-range goals of IREC are to produce better informed dental clinicians with improved eligibility for academic appointments.
  • SDM PE 670: Current Topics in Dentistry
    PE 670 is an elective course which will review current and classic literature of timely controversial dental topics. The course is a seminar format, and will be limited in size to promote discussion among the participants. The purpose of this course is to provide didactic instruction to the pre-doctoral student that teaches the student to critically evaluate published studies, and to compare and contrast the at times contradictory information provided in multiple studies on the same controversial topic. The course will encourage active learning utilizing critical thinking and active participation throughout each session. Students will be required to understand and critically evaluate study design, as well as any flaws or limitations that might bias results. This course provides students with the opportunities to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to integrate new information as lifelong learners, and critically assess the value of published studies, and how they might impact and alter rationale for treatment throughout their career.
  • SDM PH 650: Elective Externships
    Elective externships are offered for students in their final year of dental school. These are short-term externships typically 1 week in length designed primarily for students to visit programs they are considering for postdoctoral advanced education. They encompass different disciplines of dentistry, at various dental schools and hospitals throughout the United States or Canada. A student's participation is indicated by a Pass/Fail annotation on their transcript, although there is no credit assigned to this course. Participation is typically limited to no more than two separate experiences. Dr. Zea. 0 cr
  • SDM PH 660: International Externship Exchange Program
    This is a school-sponsored global initiative available to students in the final year of the 4-year dental program. This two-week elective externship consists of clinical rotations in various areas of dental medicine at one or more schools/universities of dentistry/stomatology in China, Thailand, Japan and England. Currently, participating sites include: Fourth Military Medical University School of Stomatology (FMMUSS) in Xian, China; Shanghai Jiaotong University College of Stomatology (SJUSS) in Shanghai, China; Peking University School of Stomatology (PKUSS) in Beijing, China; Faculty of Dentistry, Chulalongkorn University (FDCU) in Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) in Tokyo, Japan; and the University of Manchester School of Dentistry (UoMSD) in Manchester, England. These are world-leading sites with advanced teaching facilities, well qualified English speaking faculty, and large numbers and diversity of patients. GSDM students will be exposed to these institutions' recognized strength in clinical services, with outstanding clinicians, state-of-the-art facilities, and comprehensive approach to all aspects of Dental Medicine. Selection of GSDM students is competitive and requires formal application to the GSDM Office of Global and Population Health. A student's participation is indicated by a Pass/Fail annotation on their transcript. Although this is a credit-bearing activity, elective courses are not included in calculations of student G.P.A. Ms. Held. 0.25 cr