The University of Michigan System was founded in
1817. The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is on
the main campus, which was founded that same year.
Other campuses of the university are located in Dearborn and Flint. Aside from the DDS degree program,
the dental school offers programs leading to specialty
certification, masters of science degree, PhD in Oral
Health Sciences, as well as dental hygiene and continuing education courses.
4-year. Clinical training emphasizing comprehensive
patient care begins in the first year and is closely
integrated with supporting basic science and preclinical courses. Student research opportunities are
available. First year: Consists of an Integrated Medical Science (IMS) curriculum along with behavioral
sciences and weekly clinical experiences. Second
year: Continued IMS and preclinical courses with
additional clinical experiences. Third and fourth
years: Involve the clinical sciences and the delivery
of comprehensive dental care that approximates private practice. Students also spend a total of 3 weeks
at off-site rotations in community health clinics.
Substantial research facilities, faculty, and activities
in basic and applied sciences are features of the
school. Women, veterans, and minority group members are encouraged to apply. A summer enrichment
program for entering students and students who apply
to dental school is offered. Academic counseling and
tutorial assistance are available.
The basic predental science courses plus 1 year of
English composition are required. Biochemistry, histology, physiology, and microbiology courses are
highly recommended, and exposure to nonscience
courses is encouraged. Each entering class is generally comprised of 60% Michigan residents and 40%
nonresidents. Transfer: Transfer between dental
schools is not available. The School offers an Internationally Trained Dentist Program for foreign-trained
The school’s modern quarters were designed to complement the changing concepts in dental education.
Preclinical instruction occurs in a simulation laboratory. Pilot programs include audio lectures that can be
downloaded to an epode.
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