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3501 Terrace Street, Suite 2114
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

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Introduction

The University of Pittsburgh was established in 1787 and has campuses in Pittsburgh, Bradford, Greensburg, and Johnstown. In 1896 the School of Dental Medicine was founded. It is part of the university health complex, the other components being the schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, HealthRelated Professions, Public Health, and their affiliated hospitals. The School of Dental Medicine offers graduate programs in advanced education in general dentistry and many specialties as well as a dental hygiene program.

Academics

4-year. Instruction in the biological and technological principles provides a basis for the clinical prevention of oral disease, the maintenance of oral health, and correction of oral pathology and oral-facial deviations. Clinical contact begins in the second year. Elective programs, or selective research in the third and fourth years, provide in-depth study in areas of student interest. First year: Consists of the basic sciences and an introduction to clinical situations in a simulation clinic and clinical assisting. Second year: Continuation of the basic sciences and preclinical courses plus definitive clinical patient treatment is initiated. Third year: Continuation of dental coursework but major emphasis is on the delivery of comprehensive dental care. Fourth year: Training in the delivery of comprehensive health care under conditions similar to those in private practice. Both thirdand foruth-year students practice in the comprehensive care area, where faculty rotate through on a semester basis.

Unique Programs

Postgraduate specialty programs are available in each of the dental areas.

Admissions

The basic predental science courses plus 1 year of English are required. Recommended courses include biochemistry, upper-division biology courses, art, and sculpture. Transfer and advanced standing: Possible if space available.

Students

The Dental School Building, consisting of a 300-dental chair clinic and modern lecture facilities, is located in the city’s Oakland district within the University Health Complex. An audiovisual instructional resource center, consisting of individual stations, is available for study. A new simulation clinic consisting of 80 manequins utilizing air and water provides hands-on experience to first- and second-year students. Live faculty demonstrations are available for student viewing at chairside monitors, as well as faculty monitoring of students’ progress.


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