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The UCLA School of Dentistry has a national and international reputation for its teaching, research activities, and public service that prepare dental students for professional careers dedicated to patient treatment, leadership, and service. The curriculum prepares students for changes in treatment modalities and healthcare delivery systems. From the moment training begins, students actively participate in preventive and clinical dental care and soon make valuable contributions to the clinical health team. Clinical instruction emphasizes the comprehensive care of patients. Students interact with their colleagues, faculty members, and dental auxiliary personnel in much the same way as they later will interact in a private or group practice.
School of Dentistry students may undertake programs designed to meet their special interests; mandatory selectives encourage advanced training in an area of particular interest and service learning. In addition to basic and applied research programs within the school, students participate in community service programs such as the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. The graduate programs and resident specialty programs foster new lines of research that lead to better treatment options. An active continuing education program directed by UCLA faculty members provides a variety of hands-on courses for members of the dental profession and their auxiliaries.
In addition, the school has a Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID) and a number of dental specialty residency programs. Articulated D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., and specialty programs are also available. One concurrent degree program (Dentistry D.D.S./Management M.B.A.) is also offered. For information on the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Oral Biology, for which admission to the School of Dentistry is not required, see Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees at http://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/pgmrqintro.htm.
For details on the three-year predental curriculum, see http://career.ucla.edu/Students/GradProfSchCounseling/Overview.
The UCLA dental curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) is based on the quarter system. The course of study usually takes four academic years of approximately nine months each, with three required Summer Quarters between the first/second, second/third, and third/fourth years. The curriculum is designed to provide students with clinical competence and broad experience in all phases of clinical dentistry within the four years.
The dental curriculum consists of three principal areas: basic health sciences courses, didactic dental courses, and clinical experience. The first two years of the curriculum are chiefly devoted to didactic, laboratory, and general clinical coursework. The final two years emphasize training and instruction in the clinical fields, including endodontics, fixed prosthodontics, operative dentistry, oral diagnosis and treatment planning, oral radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, anesthesiology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and removable prosthodontics.
For details on the D.D.S. program and a listing of the courses offered, see http://www.dentistry.ucla.edu/admissions or write to the Office of Student Affairs, School of Dentistry, A0-111 Dentistry, UCLA, Box 951762, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1762.
School of Dentistry opportunities for resident study include a one-year general practice residency program; a one-year advanced education in general dentistry program; a one-year residency in maxillofacial prosthodontics; a six-year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training program; three-year prosthodontics, periodontics, and orthodontics programs; two-year programs in the specialties of endodontics and orofacial pain and dysfunction; and 26-month programs in dental anesthesiology and pediatric dentistry.
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