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Boston University, Goldman School of Dental Medicine

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Introduction

As part of Boston University’s (BU) Medical Center, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine was established in 1963. BU is a private research institution of higher learning located in Boston, Massachusetts. With over 31,000 students and over 4,000 faculty members, it is one the largest private universities in the country and one of the biggest employers in Boston. The university is categorized in the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education as a Research University/very high research activity (RU/VH). It is also Boston Consortium for Higher EducationÂ’s member.

Academics

The DMD program requires 4 years of didactic and clinical study. Students integrate a comprehensive understanding of the science of dentistry with an ability to apply clinical judgment and technique. Courses build a foundation of knowledge and teach the analytical skills needed to apply the knowledge.

First year: Consists of the biomedical sciences, oral radiology, dental assisting techniques, preventive dentistry, preclinical laboratory courses, and a supervised rotation as a dental intern in a private office.

Second year: Involves continuation of the biomedical sciences and intern rotations alternating with didactic and laboratory courses.

Third and fourth years: Allow maximum opportunity for team-oriented patient care under faculty supervision. Working in a private practice and management guidance are also provided. A 10-week experience externship is also required, which takes place in a wide choice of sites. Grading Policy A letter grade system is used.

Beyond general dentistry, the academic departments include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Endodontics
  • Health Policy and Health Services Research
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Oral Biology Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontology
  • Restorative Sciences

Continuing Education

The university offers many continuing education options to dental professionals already in the workforce, including dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and dentists themselves. Continuing education takes the form of classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures. They can be provided on-site, off-site, or online.

Unique Programs

The APEX Program offers students the opportunity to function as dental interns in affiliated dental practices. This exposure helps prepare students for managing a dental practice.

The Goldman School has a strong culture of community service. Over 15,000 people a year receive free or heavily subsidized dental health services through the schools’ Division of Community Heath Programs. These programs particularly benefit infants and children in the town of Chelsea, Massachusetts. Over programs target benefits for high-risk pregnant women and residents of public housing.

Admissions

The basic predental sciences plus 1 year of English and 1 year of mathematics (with calculus) are required. Two courses each in psychology, sociology or anthropology, and economics are strongly recommended. There are no geographical restrictions on attendance. Transfer and advanced standing: Not available.

Students

The school is a component of the university’s Medical Center and its teaching and clinical facilities are located in Boston’s south end, along the Charles River. Facilities of affiliated institutions and community-based clinics are also utilized.


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