The UIC College of Dentistry offers an innovative pre-doctoral Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, and the Doctor of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing (DMD-AS) program. The DMD curriculum offers foundational coursework in the biomedical and clinical sciences, comprehensive care courses that integrate foundational learning, small group learning settings, and clinical learning throughout the four-year program.
In addition to the DMD program, the College of Dentistry offers a comprehensive array of educational programs including postgraduate advanced training, graduate and joint degrees, externships, international observations, volunteer opportunities and community based service-learning extramural rotations.
We are the flagship oral health College in the State of Illinois offering outstanding education, research, and patient care. We continually invest in our clinical, research and learning facilities to improve our student and patient experiences. We have an innovative, nationally recognized Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program led by world-class faculty and students who have achieved a 100% pass rate on the Part 1 and 2 ADA board exams. Our innovative curriculum integrates foundational and clinical learning through early access to patient care. Our state-of-the-art learning labs and patient care clinics offer a complete digital workflow, advanced imaging and digital diagnostic and care planning. This is coupled with valuable experiences in our carefully selected community-based clinics throughout Chicago and northern Illinois. Students have the opportunity to participate in special tracks devoted to public health, early specialization, comprehensive general practice, and research. Our innovative and comprehensive academic programs, excellent faculty, strong research focus, and location in a world-class city set us apart from other oral health colleges.
Our faculty is composed of the top practitioners in their respective fields. Through intimate and meaningful education experiences combined with innovative and collaborative research, our faculty continue to move the field forward while training the next generation of dentists.
A problem-based model guides our DMD curriculum, allowing students to experience a diagnostic process very early in their education. Our innovative case-based curriculum, called Small Group Learning (SGL) integrates foundational learning and clinical learning throughout the four-year program. The interdisciplinary case scenarios place learning in the context of a real-world patient problem/concern and emphasize the relationship between systemic and oral diseases, health and prevention, family and community context, disease diagnosis and evidence based practice. The SGL curriculum structure offers students several benefits:
- Increased capacity to find and apply information relevant to clinical cases
- Improved higher-order reasoning
- Enhanced communication and collaboration
Our clinical facilities, learning and research labs are newly renovated and incorporate the latest in health technology. Students have access to the latest in digital dentistry technology to enhance learning and apply best practices.
- Instructional Technology tools: AxiUm Ed, Blackboard Learning Management System
- Digital imaging: CEREC 3D system (CAD/CAM), 3D image analysis, Computed tomography (CT), Orthocad 3D modeling, craniofacial anomaly imaging
Our students and faculty are engaged in groundbreaking research to improve oral health. Our research is focused on advancing oral health and the ongoing scholarly development, enrichment, and programs for our students and faculty. This includes laboratory-, clinical-, and educational-based research initiatives, as well as multidisciplinary programs in bio-materials science, molecular biology, education, and the clinical sciences.
Community Connection and Diversity
Students are immersed in Chicago's vibrant community the first day they enter the College. Community engagement is facilitated through various service projects, including clinical rotations during the fourth year of the DMD program. Students can choose from carefully selected service-learning experiences in community-based settings in Chicago, throughout Illinois
and the United States, as well as internationally. These experiences
allow students to provide care to the underserved urban, rural, and
special needs populations including children, developmentally disabled,
HIV positive and geriatric patients. Community service-learning programs are administered by the College of Dentistry Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences.
Central to our mission is to value and seek diversity in students, staff, faculty and patients. The college is continuously working to promote diversity awareness and knowledge by fostering an environment of inclusion, respect and appreciation of differences. Students are encouraged to participate in our many diversity programs, training, and activities offered, including the UIC Urban Health Program, student organizations and service-learning experiences.
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