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 Education’s member.
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.
A letter grade system is used.
Beyond general dentistry, the academic departments include:
Health Policy and Health Services Research
Molecular and Cell Biology
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
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.
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.
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.
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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