The essential qualities (knowledge, clinical skills, communication, and attitude) necessary to become a dental practitioner are acquired.
1. New Curriculum
Dental medicine is covered through 6 years of lectures ranging from basic science to clinical studies. Also featured are integrated lectures that provide a deeper understanding.
The new curriculum provides lectures methodically arranged for students to attain a comprehensive understanding of dental medicine. There are also integrated lectures conducted in each year that laterally combine the different areas studied in daily courses. Thus, the curriculum enables students to effectively acquire a deeper understanding of the knowledge and obtain skills within the limited 6-year time frame. Since the lectures are labeled and ordered methodically, students can easily figure out what they are studying (or what they are missing) in the general context. This eventually leads to the encouragement of self-study.
2. Early Exposure
As the first step in becoming a dentist, the mentality necessary as a health care provider is taught through fieldwork.
Upon entering the university, students conduct fieldwork at our university hospital.
Before starting studies on dentistry, students observe treatment of the patients at the university hospital. This is an opportunity for them to enhance their sense of vocation as a future dentist and be prepared for the oncoming curriculum studies.
Though the students yet do not have any background of specialized knowledge, they attempt communication with the patients and their families. It is a way for the freshmen to realize the fear and anxiety held by the patients and think of ways to provide relief.
3. Clinical Practice
In clinical practice, the students see patients assisted by well-trained instructors. The practical skills and professionalism necessary to become a dental practitioner are taught.
The most important aspect in the treatment clinics of ODU Hospital is communication with the patients. Through clinical practice, students learn the importance of sharing the patient’s perspective. Instructors are always at hand to provide practical advice in patient interviews, diagnosis, and treatment.
4. National Board Examination
The school supports the students in maintaining their concentration and motivation until test day. Information concerning the trends of the examination is analyzed and incorporated into the courses for preparation.
Students aim for the national board examination standards studying in different classes depending on their progress. They are quizzed each morning and full-scale simulation tests are conducted on a regular basis. This helps the students to maintain their concentration during the long haul. There also is support from faculty through special lectures and private consultation sessions.