Students begin to function as full-time comprehensive dental practitioners during their third year. Didactic courses provide a deeper and more sophisticated foundation of knowledge in the dental specialty disciplines. Among these is the multidisciplinary course which combines the knowledge base from every specialty department and discipline to create a fully integrated understanding. The bulk of the third year is spent providing comprehensive patient care in their assigned PCU group, including rotations in various specialty clinics. Beginning in second semester students are assigned 20% of their clinical hours in community based settings where they deliver comprehensive dental care in partnership with students and faculty from other professional schools at Penn. Additional didactic instruction in the third year consists of the bi-weekly treatment planning seminars which explore case documentation and presentation and the use of scientific literature.
Key: (L= Lecture, B = Laboratory, S = Seminar, C = Clinic, R = Rotation)