D.D.S. Curriculum




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    Dental Student with InstuctorThe clinical component of the educational program is provided by the departments of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, periodontics, general dentistry, dental medicine, oral biology and pathology, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Conjoint courses are offered in oral diagnosis, radiology, occlusion, pain control and emergency care. Students are introduced to patient care in a carefully controlled environment according to a timetable adjusted to each student's ability.

    Students are taught to obtain a medical and psychosocial history and to incorporate this information into the total treatment plan for the patient. Most didactic teaching and preclinical laboratory experience is completed by the end of the second year.

    Clinical training begins in the latter part of the first year, with the major portion of clinical experience occurring during the third and fourth years. The student is responsible for the complete care of the patients assigned to them. When the services of a specialist are required, the student participates in the treatment as provided by the appropriate dental consultant. All phases of patient care are closely supervised by the professional staff.

    Students are trained in the efficient use of dental assistants in a special program of dental auxiliary utilization and management. The objective of the program is to teach new concepts of dental health care delivery by training dental students to be able to practice four-handed, sit-down dentistry effectively and efficiently. Specially trained dental assistant teachers work with students to accomplish these objectives.

    During the fourth year, students conduct their practices in cubicles equipped and maintained as private general dental offices in which they provide care to a panel of patients assigned to them. The manner in which their patients are treated is designed as a general practice with general dentists of the faculty supervising the care. Additional faculty representing all specialties are available for consultation with the students and treatment of their patients, if needed. The goal of the clinical experience in the fourth year is to duplicate as closely as possible how a general dental practice is conducted in a community setting. In addition, during the fourth year, students may participate in one of the many selective programs offered by the various departments of the school or its affiliate regional hospitals.

    The program of study leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree consists of a fixed sequence of courses as listed below. Enrollment in the second, third and fourth years requires the satisfactory completion of all courses in the previous year. Exception may be made in special cases as described in the section on academic standing. Under certain conditions, credit may be given for equivalent courses taken at other recognized academic institutions. The course hours listed may vary from year to year because of holidays and other school closings. The sequencing of courses, course titles and course hours are subject to modification to reflect changing concepts in dental education and curriculum revisions.


    First Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    HDI 532 Community Outreach in Local and Distant Sites Varies
    HDI 532 Dental Morphology/Occlusion 88
    HBA 522 Embryology Dental Morphology/Occlusion 12
    HBA 521 Gross Anatomy of Head, Neck and Trunk 141
    HDG 501 Health Care Systems I 39
    HDG 521 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 66
    HDP 501 Introduction to Periodontics 14
    HBY 531 Medical Physiology 169
    HBC 531 Molecules, Genes and Cells 110
    HBN 531 Neuroscience 89
    HDG 512 Operative Technique I 120
    HDO 501 Oral Biology I 31
    HBP 531 Pathology 109
    HDG 503 Radiology I 12

    Second Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    HDG 604 Behavioral Interactions
    HDC 601 Childrens Dentistry I
    HDI 632 Community Outreach in Local and Distant Sites
    HDM 601 Dental Law and Risk Management I
    HDG 602 Dental Materials Science I
    HDP 601 Diagnosis & Treatment of Perio Disease I
    HDI 601 Evidenced Based Dentistry & Critical Thinking
    HDG 611 Fixed Partial Pros. Technique
    HDS 603 Medical Emergencies I
    HBM 531 Microbiology
    HD 531 Nutrition
    HDG 614 Operative Technique II
    HDS 601 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    HDO 601 Oral Biology II
    HDS 602 Pain Control I
    HDS 604 Pain Control II
    HBH 531 Pharmacology
    HDG 605 Removable Prosthodontics
    HDG 613 Removable Prosthodontics Technique
    HDC 621 Year II Childrens Clinic
    HDS 621 Year II OMFS Clinic
    HDG 621 Year II Operative Clinic
    HDG 622 Year II Radiology Clinic

    Third Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    HDG 708 Advanced Esthetic Concepts 14
    HDS 701 Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Treatment Planning 10
    HDC 701 Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry II 65
    HDO 707 Clinical Pharmacology 18
    HDI 732 Community Outreach in Local and Distant Sites Varies
    HDG 705 Dental Auxiliary Utilization 8
    HDG 702 Dental Materials Science II 16
    HDP 701 Diagnosis & Treatment of Perio Disease II 17
    HDG 711 Endodontic Technique 45
    HDG 701 Health Care Systems II 20
    HDI 701 Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Seminar 14
    HDS703 Medical Emergencies II 3
    HDO 701 Oral Biology III 26
    HDO 706 Oral Facial Genetics 30
    HDO 705 Oral Medicine 16
    HDO 702 Oral Pathology 72
    HDO 703 Oral Pathology Conference I 16
    HDP 702 Periodontal Clinical Seminar 8
    HDS 702 Physical Diagnosis: Introduction to Family Medicine 92
    HDG 704 Practice Development I 14
    HDG 706 Tissue Integrated Prosthodontics 18
    HDG 704 Translational Oral Biology 37
    HDC 721 Year III Childrens Clinic 228
    HDG 725 Year III Endodontics Clinic 30
    HDG 722 Year III Fixed Partial Pros. Clinic 218
    HDS 721 Year III OMFS Clinic 24
    HDG 721 Year III Operative Clinic 248
    HDP 721 Year III Perio Clinic 111
    HDG 726 Year III Radiology Clinic 20
    HDG 723 Year III Removable Pros. Clinic 124

    Fourth Year Program

    Course # Title Hours
    HDG 807
    Advanced Removable Prosthodontics
    HDI 801
    Board Review Sessions
    HDG 805
    Care for Medically Compromised/Geriatric Patients
    HDI 832
    Community Outreach in Local and Distant Sites
    HDM 801
    Dental Law and Risk Management II
    HDG 802
    Dental Materials Seminar
    HDI 802
    Diagnosis and Management of Oro-Facial Pain
    HDG 803
    General Dentisry Seminar
    HDG 821
    GPP Clinic I
    HDG 822
    GPP Clinic II
    HDS 803
    Medical Emergencies III
    HDO 803
    Oral Pathology Conference II
    HDG 804
    Practice Development II
    HDP 822
    Year IV Clinic - Perio II (Part of HDG 821)
    HDC 821
    Year IV Clinic - DCDD*
    HDG 824
    Year IV Clinic - Dental Emergencies
    HDO 821
    Year IV Clinic - Oral Diagnostics
    HDP 821
    Year IV Clinic - Perio I (Part of HDG 821)
    HDS 821
    Year IV Oral Surgery Clinic - (SDM)
    HDS 822
    Year IV Oral Surgery Hospital Rotation
    HDG 823
    Year IV Radiology Clinic


    Fourth Year Selective Courses (HDI 821)

    During the fourth year, students may take up to 112 hours of selective courses
    at the School of Dental Medicine.

    Selective Courses

    Department Course Title
    Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
    • Clinical Orthodontics
    • Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
    • Pediatric Dental Research
    Dental Medicine
    • Health Law
    • Health Policies and Delivery Systems
    • Systems Methodology
    • Hospital Dentistry
    • University Hospital at Stony Brook
    General Dentistry
    • Advanced Prosthodontics
    • Cosmetic Dentistry
    Oral Biology & Pathology
    • Research in Oral Biology & Pathology
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Clinical Periodontics
    • Research in Periodontology