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.
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.
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.
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.
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.