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 EducationDDS ProgramDoctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)Program DetailsStudent Support     August 20, 2014  

DDS Program

 

 

A Supportive Environment: Caring about Success

At the UB School of Dental Medicine, we are keenly aware and appreciative of the substantial investment of time, effort, intellectual energy, and financial resources required to pursue a DDS degree. When we accept a student into the dental school, it is with the intention that he or she will graduate.

We believe that the motivation to provide quality care comes from within the student; we expect our students to be committed, and we are committed to them. Students pursue a rigorous, challenging dental program (taking 22-27 credit hours each semester) in an environment that fosters collaboration, prizes professional and personal ethics, and supports academic and professional excellence. We support our students in every way we can, from helping them adjust to dental school, to providing financial guidance and individualized tutoring, to setting up mock board examinations, to helping them find the best possible placements at graduation.

Academic Support

Our faculty are available-we keep no posted office hours because we believe that students should get help when they need it. Academic advisement, tutoring services, personal counseling, and workshops on study skills and time and stress management are available to all dental students through the school's Office of Student Affairs. In addition, students experiencing academic difficulty receive assistance through retention programs at the department level.

Support from Your Classmates

Each class of approximately eighty-five students progresses through the DDS program as a unit, with the same classes and schedule for the first three years. While students entering the program are usually highly competitive, once they are here, we want our students to support one another. We have structured our academic environment to encourage collaboration. Reviewing challenging course material with classmates, working in study groups, discussing what's happening in the clinics, and simply having a fellow classmate to talk with helps students excel.

In addition to support from fellow classmates, we coordinate a big brother/big sister program to help first-year students make a smooth transition into the program. Mentoring students are members of the second-year class, and they are full of information, guidance, and advice. This volunteer program, which is popular with our students, has resulted in many long-lasting friendships over the years.

Collaboration and Communication

We are committed to working with all of our student body to create an environment that fosters collaboration and communication. Our Office of Student Affairs, Faculty-Student Committee, Dental Student Association, and two Student-Administration Communications Committees hold meetings throughout the year for students, faculty members, and administration to share information and discuss issues of concern. We have established these various organizations and committees to involve students in the school-wide decision-making and to provide a forum for students to discuss issues affecting the school and their lives within it.

Your Financial Future

As a public university, UB offers an excellent dental education that is substantially less expensive than most of our peer institutions, especially when you factor in Buffalo's relatively low cost of living. As part of our commitment to our students, we strive to keep our program affordable and to help our students obtain financial aid and plan wisely for their financial future.

The Office of Student Affairs maintains a current file of financial aid information and forms for dental students and helps students find additional sources of scholarship support whenever possible. The office also monitors the amount borrowed by each student and offers financial guidance; we don't want our students graduating with such heavy debt that they have to spend more than half of their professional careers paying back student loans.

In addition to financial support services, the school offers performance-based scholarships to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. (First-year students are not eligible for these scholarships; we don't want to entice them to choose the School of Dental Medicine because of scholarship support that might not be granted for their remaining years in the program.)

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Established in 1892, the School of Dental Medicine continues to educate general practitioners, specialists and biomedical scientists in the art and science of oral health through our comprehensive accredited programs.

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As a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the University at Buffalo is committed to discovery, both basic and applied research, development and scholarship particularly related to oral health and disease.

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The tradition of practicing dentists taking time to teach is as old as dentistry itself; the central role of practitioners as faculty is as old as the earliest organized dental schools.

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Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA) is a SDM organization administered by dental students and dedicated to providing care to underserved areas. Students and faculty deliver much needed dental treatment to such locations as Appalachia, Belize, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico and Vietnam and as well as in the Buffalo area.

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The UB Smile Team promotes dental education and provides free oral health care in areas of the world that lack adequate access to treatment. 

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Each year, volunteers guide hundreds of children through the award-winning Teddy Bear Clinic and to dental cleanings and treatment at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine's annual "Give Kids a Smile Day."

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Since 1997 the School of Dental Medicine has operated a mobile dental unit (MDU) serving Chautauqua County in Western New York. The MDU averages approximately 3,100 patient visits per year. 

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