The second-year curriculum is applied to understanding the function, pathology, and treatment of the oral cavity and all organ systems, and the principles of diagnosis and treatment. The curriculum includes fundamental courses in pathology (an integration of general and oral pathology), pharmacology, and principles of medicine. The preclinical restorative dentistry course is a continuation of the program offered in the first year and focuses on prosthetic therapy and includes advanced restorative concepts; it also includes additional rotations in the Advanced Simulation Laboratory. Other didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences are initiated in anesthesia and pain control, community health, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics. The Comprehensive Care I course in the second year requires the D2 student to provide direct patient care in hygiene and operative dentistry in addition to practicing the skills acquired in DAU in their assigned groups continued from the first year. The Community Oral Health curriculum continues through the second year with didactic learning and extramural rotations beginning as assistants to D3 and D4 students in community sites. In addition, students provide patient screenings and education in community-based dental health programs at schools, health fairs, PennSmiles, and FQHC’s.
Key: (L= Lecture, B = Laboratory, S = Seminar, C = Clinic, R = Rotation)