Students begin to function as comprehensive dental practitioners during their third year. Didactic courses provide a deeper and more sophisticated foundation of knowledge in the clinical disciplines. Among these is the multidisciplinary course which combines the knowledge base from every specialty department and discipline to create a fully integrated understanding. However, the bulk of the third year is spent providing general patient care in a variety of settings, including rotations in various specialty clinics. In addition, students provide patient screenings and education in community-based dental health programs at schools, health fairs, PennSmiles, and FQHC’s. Third-year students also participate in the Selectives Program. Beginning in second semester students are assigned 20% of their clinical hours in these community based settings where they deliver comprehensive care in partnership with students from other professional schools at Penn.
Key: (L= Lecture, B = Laboratory, S = Seminar, C = Clinic, R = Rotation)