DMD Program

DMD Program

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine offers DMD candidates an unparalleled opportunity to draw on the resources of a world-renowned University and medical center in the education of its dental students. At its heart, the program considers dentistry a partner to medicine. A solid understanding of the basics of human disease mechanisms shapes the foundation of the program.

In an environment of excellence, shared with Medical School classmates during the early years of education, students gain an appreciation of the human mind, body, and spirit. The opportunity to learn firsthand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, and the chance to participate in research, result in a deep understanding of the connection between oral health and general health.

The curriculum is presented in a problem-based-learning format that fosters the development of independent learning, critical thinking, and the lifelong learning skills important to health-care professionals. Courses include lectures, laboratory work, and small-group tutorials, creating a team-oriented, collaborative learning environment in which students are stimulated and challenged to learn, think, and apply their knowledge of science in new ways. For more about the learning environment, visit Curriculum Overview and Organization.

In Year 1 and Year 2, students study the preclinical sciences together with their peers at Harvard Medical School. Clinical training begins in Year 3 and provides the basics of all phases of dentistry. Patient care is conducted in the Teaching Practice of the Harvard Dental Center. The problem-based format continues the interdisciplinary and collaborative approach of the preclinical years. With students organized in unique mentored treatment teams, Year 3 emphasizes individualized instruction, comprehensive care, and respect for the challenge of pairing science with patient care. In Year 4 this multifaceted educational experience is enhanced as students provide patient care at affiliated institutions, treating patients with varying needs and levels of general health. Additional curricular options provide elective opportunities to augment educational and career goals.

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine has achieved success in its mission of producing leaders in the field of dental medicine in clinical care, teaching, and research by being educationally innovative and by providing a professional-school education without equal.

For more information about the DMD program or DMD admissions, contact the Office of Admissions by e-mail or by phone at 617-432-1443.