What kind of education will you need for a career in dental medicine through the mid-21st century? One that combines broad-based knowledge, in-depth clinical experience, and the learning skills required to upgrade your expertise and keep up with continuing innovations in treatment and materials.
The four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will prepare you to deliver state-of-the-art care through the decades to come. Your training will start with strong academic preparation in the basic, medical, and behavioral sciences—the well-integrated knowledge base you’ll need to evaluate and treat patients. At the same time, service learning and chair-side assisting will give you early exposure to patient-centered activities.
The DMD program’s hands-on opportunities begin with intensive preclinical simulations and immersion in laboratory techniques. Then, for real-world clinical experience, you’ll be assigned to a mentorship team. This small group of students will function as a group dental practice, led by a faculty mentor who will coach you in every aspect of managing your mini-practice. Our approach to clinical care is comprehensive and holistic, emphasizing oral health care in the context of the patient’s overall dental and general health. Combined with our mentorship model, this approach results in high-quality, faculty-guided student care.
A major difference in dental education at BU is the strong research component. You can find exciting research opportunities starting in your first year, not only in oral health issues but also in studies ranging from stem cell biology to pancreatic cancer.
At GSDM, education is competency-based: students are assessed individually, progressing at their own rates after demonstrating competency with each procedure.
Above all, our DMD program emphasizes engaged, active learning. You’ll be continually challenged to explore and inquire. And you’ll acquire lifelong skills in critical thinking, self-evaluation, and reflection on ethical values.