Penn Dental Medicine

Academic Programs & Admissions

DMD Program » Clinical Education

Within the DMD program, Penn Dental Medicine students build their skills and competence as practitioners with a depth of clinical experiences. Students learn to apply the latest techniques and technologies within general dentistry, and are also exposed to the leading advances in specialty care through rotations in each of the School’s six specialty clinics, the training ground for the School’s postdoctoral programs. Clinical experiences begin upon entry into the DMD program and continue with each succeeding year; in the first year, students are assigned to a Primary Care Unit within the clinic and are trained to assist upperclassmen on the clinic floor. Students and faculty handle approximately 22,000 patients each year in the School’s teaching clinics, with a diverse patient population that ensures a wide range of clinical cases.

In preclinical instruction, students develop their manual dexterity skills on high-tech, virtual reality stations that simulate a dental environment. Clinical experiences also include the use of digital radiography and electronic, “paperless” charting. In addition, the School’s honors degree program enables accepted fourth-year students to gain additional experience within the William W.M. Cheung Advanced Dental Care Clinic, working on esthetically and functionally demanding cases.

Equally important as the technical skills you will develop are the intangible skills you will gain through your clinical education – a positive, reassuring manner; responsiveness to patient signals; and the judgment to tell what is called for in each unique situation.

Teaching Clinics

Brainerd F. Swain Orthodontic Clinic
Syngcuk Kim Endodontic Clinic
General Restorative – the Main Clinic, Myers Clinic, and Paletz Clinic
Oral Medicine Clinic
Oral Surgery Clinic
Pediatric Clinic
Walter Cohen and Morton Amsterdam Periodontal Clinic
William W.M. Cheung Advanced Dental Care Clinic

Matthew Ryskalczyk
“The fun, joy, and camaraderie I’ve experienced while treating patients with my fellow students in the clinic has been a huge motivation for me.”
Matthew Ryskalczyk
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Program & Faculty Features

Dental Auxiliary Utilization

Hands-On Clinical Experiences for All Students

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2010

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The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030