The four-year DMD program and curriculum at Penn Dental Medicine not only reflects a strong commitment to developing knowledge and skills in both oral science and oral health care, but also offers the flexibility for students to tailor their education to their professional interests and goals. As one of 12 schools within the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Dental Medicine is uniquely positioned geographically and philosophically to encourage a depth of opportunities for interdisciplinary study across other professional disciplines. Here, students find an education that builds excellence in dental medicine by encouraging individual interests and strengths to flourish and grow. The DMD program offers:
- Funded dual-degree options in education, bioethics, bioengineering, public health, business administration, and law.
- Honors degree programs in research, clinical dentistry, community health, medically complex patients/oral medicine, radiological sciences, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
- A depth of comprehensive clinical experiences with a diverse patient base, instilling wide exposure to cases and care across specialties. Students begin gaining hands-on clinical experience the first year through a vertical clinical program, assigned to a primary care unit with students from all four classes and assigned faculty and continuing with that group through all four years of clinical training.
- Hands-on research opportunities in both the basic and clinical sciences, through the School’s Summer Student Research Program.
- Summer community oral health projects through Bridging the Gaps.
- Extensive elective courses offered through the Selectives Program, allowing students to study areas that fall outside the core or compulsory portion of the curriculum.
- Community outreach and service learning with oral health promotion and clinical care experiences in varied extramural settings, including international sites and many throughout Philadelphia.
- Hospital externships at a choice of sites throughout the country and around the world.