Dental Medicine Curriculum

The School of Dental Medicine prepares students for the practice of general dentistry through a unique and innovative curriculum. LECOM’s evidence-based, quality dental education program will train students to provide patient-centered care, optimal therapeutic and economic outcomes, promote disease prevention and enhance patient and provider education. 

LECOM offers the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree through a full-time, four-year pathway at the Bradenton campus. The curriculum consists of two years of basic science and pre-clinical instruction delivered through Problem-Based Learning (PBL) sessions, as well as lectures, laboratories and introduction to clinical experiences. Years three and four offer primarily hands-on, clinical experiences.

PBL emphasizes self-directed study with a team approach through mentored, small-group, case-based study. Other unique components of the curriculum include:

  • faculty directed self-study of gross anatomy;
  • early exposure to the practice of dentistry in the first year by observing the third-year student dentists interaction and treatment of their patients in the LECOM Dental Group Practices; direct comprehensive patient care in the first year fabricating dentures;
  • a patient-based simulation-clinic; and
  • the entire fourth year devoted to community-based primary care clinics in Florida and in Erie.

Faculty members will assess professional competencies through the program as they empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in interprofessional, interdisciplinary and multicultural environments.