The Penn Dental Medicine’s Selectives Program enhances the predoctoral curriculum by allowing students to explore topics of personal interest. Selectives are offered to second-year and third-year students who must undertake several selectives to fulfill the requirements of the Selectives Program. The following list represents courses previously offered and is provided to give you a flavor of the variety of course offerings.


Selective Courses:

Research projects in clinical, basic, social, or other sciences.

What is the law and how does it impact on your professional career?

Learning the history of dentistry.

Examine approaches to managing pain and anxiety not covered in standard anesthesia texts.

Gain practical insights into building a practice and protecting yourself.

More on implants – from patient selection and implant insertion to hygiene recall.

Develop the tools to achieve your personal goals and professional potential.

Learn how to manage and invest money for a financially secure future.

Beyond head and neck anatomy – explore the anatomy of the hand, foot, or back.

Learn more about children and adolescents and how to deal with their problems.

Along with a seminar, gain hands-on experience providing comprehensive dentistry in the operating room.

Discover the basic concepts and clinical approaches used in forensic dentistry.

Learn and practice all facets of cephalometric tracing.

Learn how to protect yourself from dental malpractice.

A comprehensive presentation of esthetic concepts which can be applied in practice.

Explore the application of this latest technology in endodontic therapy.

Participate in rounds with the experts at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Get the inside information on dental regulations.

Clinical evaluation of dental pain: causes and solutions.

Specific measures to preserve and protect endodontically treated teeth.

Esthetic dentistry: problems and solutions

Cross-cultural perspectives on the body: beliefs, ideals, reality.

Discover the latest techniques of advanced endodontics.

General principles of complementary or alternative medicine emphasizing dental remedies.

Learning about ART within the scope of comprehensive oral health care.

Improving your ability to treat patients with special needs

Protecting yourself from litigation.

Provides advice on setting up a successful esthetic dental practice.

Understanding and managing dental phobia.

Theory and overview of “telescopic prosthetics”.

Explores health beliefs of the African-American community of West Philadelphia

Review of complications and modification for medically complex patients.

Understanding the anatomy of teeth.

Treatment options for temporomandibular and masticatory disorders.

Applied orthodontic therapy via case reports.