Sydney Dentistry year structure overview

16 April 2014

Are you hoping to go to the Sydney Dental School for the 2015 intake? Wondering what your schedule may look like? Here is a breakdown of the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) by year.
Year 1
During the first year of the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, considerable focus is given to Integrated Life Sciences. The tutorial component requires students to listen to pre-recorded medical lectures and attend lectures which focus on dentally relevant medical learning and scenarios. Craniofacial Biology is presented on the Camperdown campus. Select dentistry-focused learning is provided on the Surry Hills and Westmead campuses. Underpinning Life and Biomedical Sciences knowledge provides a sound base from which students can build further knowledge as their level of sophistication and clinical experience grows. Additionally, time each week is devoted specifically to learning dental skills in a simulated learning environment, predominantly at the Sydney Dental Hospital, including some sessions at the faculty’s other simulation facility at Westmead Hospital. Students learn and practice dental skills and techniques progressively in preparation for patient-based clinical training by the middle of the second year. Concurrently, students learn skills to enable them to communicate effectively to promote oral health and perform oral hygiene and preventive oral health procedures. Students are also introduced to research and learn to perform a critical analysis of dentally relevant publications. At the commencement of Year 1, students will be introduced to Information Technology and Research Methodology which will equip them to commence a critical review of dental literature. This inquiring approach underpins all learning during the full four years of the course.
Year 2
As the students acquire pre-clinical and clinical skills, they will develop personally and professionally, to meet the high standards required to emerge as leaders in the profession. In Year 2, a reduced level of Integrated Life Science teaching continues and students commence the year with a course in Local Anaesthesia. Simulated learning in restorative and endodontic procedures continues, preparing students for patient-based clinical training from the second semester onwards. Students also rotate between the Sydney Dental Hospital and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health situated at Westmead Hospital. Increasing didactic teaching of the other dental disciplines continue, together with select dentistry PBLs. Students commence their research project after having delivered proof of capabilities to critically analyse the dental literature.
Year 3
While students are now well prepared to enter the intensive clinical environments of the remainder of the course, simulated learning continues, alongside patient-based training, and by the end of Year 3, students will have experienced a broad range of clinical procedures expected of newly qualified dentists. Equipped with the necessary professional attributes, students increasingly receive clinical training in metropolitan, rural and remote community clinics and gain a strong sense of the needs of the general Australian population. Work on the research project continues throughout this year. At the completion of the academic year, students will have the opportunity to participate in an electives placement which may occur locally, interstate or overseas. It is an opportunity to prepare for a particular career direction, explore different experiences or enhance skills in particular areas of a student’s choice. Successful completion of an elective will be recorded on the student transcript.
Year 4
The final year of the Sydney DMD commences with an intensive two-week course in Fixed Prosthodontics and Implantology. Following this, integrated learning continues through tutorial sessions, with the remaining time spent on honing clinical skills in metropolitan, rural and remote clinics. The research project is completed and submitted by the end of August for assessment.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the Sydney Dental School

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales Dental Hospital campus (Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney) and Camperdown/ Darlington campus (main campus)
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: July 7, 2014 (10 a.m., Sydney time). In order for your complete Sydney DMD application to be submitted on time, all documents must be received by Friday, July 4, 2014.

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