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The University at Buffalo four-year DDS curriculum educates our students to become strong clinicians and compassionate health care providers. During these four years, students work both their class cohort and faculty to obtain skills required to deliver comprehensive oral health care.  

The major focus of the first-year program is the acquisition of a thorough understanding of normal function of all organ systems. This serves as the basis for the understanding of abnormal development and pathology, which are presented later in the curriculum.
A major segment of the second-year curriculum is devoted to the acquisition of psychomotor skills and training in the basic procedures of patient treatment. In addition to preclinical courses, students spend significant time studying the basic sciences of microbiology and general pathology.
In the third year, study of most clinical subjects continues, with courses in oral pathology and radiology, pharmacology, oral medicine, and anesthesia. Lecture courses lessen in quantity, and the clinical practice of dentistry begins to take precedence in time and effort. Third-year students spend three full days (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in the clinic each week, with the remaining two days spent in classes and labs.
During the first three years of the curriculum, students have little option in the coursework they must complete. The fourth-year selective program allows students to pursue their career interests in dentistry or to begin to focus on a specialty area that may or may not be pursued after graduation. Fourth-year students select courses from a wide range of clinical, basic, and behavioral sciences, based on their individual interests. Students enroll in a minimum of 2 credit hours or two courses of selectives in the fall and spring semesters.
The contemporary DDS degree opens a variety of career paths. About 90 percent of dentists active today are engaged in private practice. Of those, 70 percent work in solo practices, and the remainder are members of practice groups-an arrangement that, like medical group practice, is becoming increasingly popular. Career opportunities also are available in the armed forces, public health, business, academe, and industry.
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.
Two clinics constitute the primary teaching areas for the DDS program: the ninety-six-chair Richard A. Powell Comprehensive Oral Health Clinic, on the first floor; and the 100-chair second-floor clinic. The third- and fourth-year classes are divided into four practice groups of approximately equal size and are split between the two clinics.  Each clinic is supported with a plaster room, dispensary window, instrument room, and X-ray rooms.
Our NEW pre-clinical simulation center includes 110 individual student work stations that feature patient simulators designed to mimic patient care and ease the transition to the school’s patient clinics.
Research, part of the mission of the School of Dental Medicine, is integrated into the teaching program for a mutually beneficial relationship. Predoctoral dental students, postgraduate students, graduate students, and faculty all actively participate in this endeavor. With many of our teaching faculty involved in research, students become aware of the latest developments in the dental profession and have many opportunities to become involved in research projects with faculty.
If a school's level of IT (information technology) sophistication is important to you, you will be comfortable at UB. The School of Dental Medicine is regarded as a world leader in dental informatics.