Competency-Based Educational Program
The four-year predoctoral program prepares students to provide basic health promotion and disease prevention, diagnose and develop treatment plans, analyze complex medical and dental cases, and achieve competency in all areas defined for general practitioners. The competency-based curriculum also reflects the school’s commitment to supporting the development of professionalism, life-long learning, and synthesis of clinical and biomedical science concepts.
An essential part of the training of students at Pitt Dental is to learn and practice clinical concepts that involve administering anesthesia, dental hygiene and cleaning as well as other facets of dental examination and care. In order to facilitate this training, part of the educational experience at Pitt Dental requires students to serve as patients for other students.
Beyond the Classroom
Student learning continues far beyond the classroom. Community service is encouraged through the Student Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE) and the Univeristy of Pittsburgh WISER Center offers dental students hands-on medical experience in a world-class multidisciplinary simulation-based training facility. The Simulation Clinic gives students life-like experience with simulated patients in a classroom, clinical learning environment and the Fassinger Learning Resource Center lets students continue learning past the traditional hours and space of the classroom meetings.
Students are encouraged to participate in any of a number of the school's active student organizations to connect with others sharing and investigating the same interests. Student organizations focus on advancing knowledge and extend the frontiers of a particular segment of oral health. Personal, academic and career counseling are available through the school's Office of Student Affairs for all students. An extensive library system, learning skills center, housing resource center, student health care and recreational and fitness facilities are available through the University.
Research opportunities abound for students in good academic standing to study many different aspects of dental research, including craniofacial genetics, tissue regeneration, informatics, public health and other fields. With an extended history of profound dental research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine also fosters interactions between dental students and researchers in other disciplines. Academic rewards and contributions to the dental profession are just two reasons many students conduct research at the school. Students have opportunities to share their projects and results at national meetings and conferences and provide excellent learning and networking opportunities with colleagues. Student researchers also may compete for awards, scholarships, and other opportunities at the University.
Meet Us in Person
We are always interested in meeting students who are serious about their pursuit of a career in dental medicine. If you share a meaningful interest in learning more about what we have to offer you as you begin your dental career, you may be interested in joining us for one of our visit dates. Visits include time for discussion about opportunities that can be found at Pitt Dental Medicine, meeting faculty, staff and students, and a tour of the school. Contact us by email to find out the dates and times we have available for this year.