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Stony Brook, NY 11794

State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine

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Introduction

Stony Brook, established in 1957, is 1 of the 4 universities in the New York State education system. The School of Dental Medicine was founded in 1973 and is located 60 miles east of New York City on the North Shore of Long Island in a suburban community. The school offers, in addition to a DDS program, postgraduate dental programs in orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, a PhD program in Oral Biology and Pathology, and a program in Dental Care for the Developmentally Disabled, general practice residency program in conjunction with University Hospital at Stony Brook. The school is a component of the Health Sciences Center, which also includes schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Technology and Management, and Social Welfare.

Academics

4-year. The traditional basic sciences are taught predominantly in year 1, with the remainder taught in year 2. The faculty of the school is committed to integrating biomedical, behavioral, and clinical science instruction, in order to achieve a curriculum that instills an appreciation for all disciplines. Courses in oral biology are woven throughout the curriculum and serve as a bridge between the biomedical sciences and clinical dentistry. Students are introduced to the clinic in year 1, and are permitted to start treating patients in year 2. Clinic instruction in years 2 and 3 is a combination of discipline-based and comprehensive care formats. The year 4 General Practice Program is a comprehensive care clinic supported by a faculty of general dentists, with students being supervised by specialists where needed due to the complexity of the case at hand. The importance of research and scholarly activity is emphasized throughout the program.

Unique Programs

Due to the small class size of 40, students attending the school are educated in a highly supportive environment. Academic tutoring, faculty counseling, and individually developed remedial programs are avilable to students under special circumstances, as determined by faculty. Opportunities in patient care, research, outreach, and extracurricular leadership roles are abundant. Consistent with the school policy of selecting students with varied backgrounds, the school encourages applications from qualified individuals from those groups which have in the past been previously underrepresented in the dental profession.

Admissions

Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, competence in the sciences, and a general interest in the profession of dentistry. The undergraduate program of study must include the basic predental science courses as well as 1 year of mathematics (with at least 1 semester of calculus or statistics). The DAT is required. All applicants are encouraged to apply early. Transfer and advanced standing: Students from other U.S. and Canadian dental schools may be considered.

Students

Physical facilities are equipped to support the diverse educational, research, and patient care programs offered at the school. Dental operators similar to those used in the general practice of dentistry, and provide an attractive and convenient setting for patients. Special suites are available for the teaching and practice of oral surgery and radiology. The clinical facility has been newly renovated, utilizing an electronic record system with computerization at each patient operatory.


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