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Harvard School of Dental Medicine

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For hundreds of years, Harvard University has been regarded as a prestigious institution of higher learning. As part of the university's rich history, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine was the first university-based dental school in the United States. Founded in 1867, the School of Dental Medicine was established as a research-based institution, combining studies with the Harvard Medical School to provide its DMD students an education in dental sciences as they relate to overall health.

To obtain a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree through Harvard, students spend the first two years studying biomedical sciences. In the third year, students combine their classes with clinical studies to learn professional dental techniques. During this time, dental students take a unique sequence of Patient-Doctor classes focused on interpersonal relationships and the issues affecting patient care.

Once students have finished their studies and dental rotations in their fourth and final year, they are awarded a DMD degree. While at HSDM, students are also required to complete a research project and defend their thesis presentations in order to graduate.

For students who would like to extend their research studies or combine them with another degree, Harvard offers a 5-year DMD program. Some students opt to combine their DMD studies with the MBA program at the Harvard Business School, or prepare for a career in research or academics with the Health Sciences and Technology Program.

The Graduate Program

The Harvard School of Dental Medicine offers graduate studies for dentists looking to practice as specialists. HSDM's specialty training programs award certificates to become an oral surgeonorthodontist or pediatric dentist, as well as periodontists, prosthodontists and endodontists, among others. The School of Dental Medicine's graduate curriculum also offers a Master of Medical Sciences or Doctor of Medical Sciences for clinical scholars looking for careers in research, teaching, public health or public policy. Students may also decide to combine their graduate studies with other colleges at the university to obtain a Master's or PhD in one of several areas of study.

Patient Care

Within the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is the Harvard Dental Center, consisting of two well-equipped, state-of-the-art practices that offer comprehensive dental care to its patients. Harvard's Teaching Practice offers affordable care in an academic environment, where students are supervised by teachers during dental procedures. The Teaching Practice consists of 3rd and 4th year pre-doctoral students, as well as post-doctoral graduate residents and those who are training to become specialists.

The Dental Center also has a Faculty Dental Practice. This full fee-for-service dental office is located within the school but is staffed by professional faculty members. Patients of the Faculty Dental Practice receive quality care from some of the best teachers and researchers in the dentistry industry!

If you're interested in applying to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine DMD Program, contact their Office of Admissions. Whether you're looking to become a patient of the Teaching Practice or Faculty Dental Practice, you can contact the Harvard Dental Center. For further information regarding the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, visit their website, listed below.

Address: Harvard School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 432-1401