The curriculum of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is a competency based curriculum. It has been designed and modified over the years to reflect the changing needs of the dental profession and public. The school’s primary mission is patient centered. Our goal is to develop dental practitioners who are able to utilize the basic principles of human biology and human behavior in conjunction with their technical skills in diagnosing, treating, and preventing oral disease. The TUSDM graduate should be able to integrate knowledge across disciplines and perform procedures with patient well-being in mind. They should understand the importance of life-long learning to continually improve their knowledge and skill base.
The D.M.D. program, which extends over a four year period, consists of a series of:
- didactic (lecture and seminar),
- patient simulation (patient simulation clinic, introductory clinical experience, and workshop), and
- clinical (group practice, rotations and Community Service Learning Externship) experiences.
These are designed and sequenced to result in the logical development of concepts and skills from simple to advanced procedures. Included in the curriculum is an awareness of research methodology and the search techniques to support Evidence-Based Dentistry. Also included is a sense of community responsibility so that all patients can access needed care.