DMD Curriculum

The Doctor of Dental Medicine degree program provides state-of-the-art educational facilities, inspirational faculty who encourage excellence, and student services that support and assist students in their transitions into, during, out of and beyond the program. The student-centered, innovative curriculum utilizes active learning methodologies, and integrates the basic biomedical, behavioural and clinical sciences to ultimately develop DMD graduates with the knowledge, skills and values that underlie competence.

The DMD curriculum at UBC is inquiry-based incorporating hybrid problem-based learning (PBL), case-based and blended learning activities, and more traditional lectures and clinical experiences. It emphasizes self-directed student learning and problem solving in small group settings. Lectures occupy a smaller amount of curriculum time than traditional curricula. The knowledge, attitudes, and skills required of a UBC graduate entering general dental practice are outlined in the UBC Faculty of Dentistry Competency Document (ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competency in Dental Programs”.

In the first year of study, students learn basic psychomotor skills in simulation and then apply them in supervised practice with patients while they continue to develop more complex skills in simulation. Clinical and patient management skills are developed through participation in integrated group practices of 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students managed by faculty members.

Students will complete examinations via computer throughout all four years of the DMD Program, and therefore it is strongly recommended that students ensure their typing or keyboarding skills are sufficient to allow for the timely completion of examinations.

The academic year commences the 4th week of August and normally finishes the 3rd week of June. Summer clinical and research activities are offered to students on a voluntary basis.