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In principle, the course is structured according to a multi-disciplinary approach. One of the unique features of the School of Dental Sciences is its integrated organ system and problem-based curriculum. Emphasis is given to the holistic approach to a patient's medical problem in relation to his family and community. The curriculum emphasize on patients as human beings in the family and community context.

This is to initiate awareness of community dental responsibilities in a wider context. It is also to build up leadership characteristics in dental health care and continuing dental education.





 

 
Objective and Philosophy

Curriculum

Admissions



For further questions, please contact:
Ms. Lailatul Hafiza Abdul Rashid
lailatul@kck.usm.my
(Tel: +609 766 3600)
 
 Objective and Philosophy

Philosophy
The aim of the Doctor of Dental Surgery program is to produce competent dental practitioners who are able to solve dental problems at individual and community level.  The program also aims to build up creativity amongst the students and not merely on curriculum, which is based solely on knowledge. It is hoped that this program will be able to resolve the problem of shortage of dental surgeons in Malaysia.

Dental students in skills laboratory


Student treating outpatient

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Objective
The Doctor of Dental Surgery program will train students and eventually prepare them to become dental surgeons with the following characteristics :-

i) Understand the scientific basis of medical and dental aspects in relation to patient care.

ii) Acquire satisfactory standard of clinical competency.

iii)
 Understand and able to appreciate the social and cultural background of the patient and his/her surroundings.

iv) Develop satisfactory behaviour throughout the academic year and able to instill moral and ethical values.

v) Competent in every field of dentistry with a wide general knowledge.

vi) Able to use the knowledge and opportunities in order to explore the field of dentistry in the future.

vii) Understand the patient’s problem as a whole.

viii) To innovate new products for the treatment use in the field of dentistry.







 

 Curriculum

The Doctor of Dental Surgery programme is a five-year course. Its curriculum is designed to be integrated, problem-based and community oriented.  The programme is divided into 3 phases :-

Phase I (Year 1)
Basic sciences in the medical and dental sciences

Phase II (Year 2 & 3)
Pre-clinical

Phase III (Year 4 & 5)
Dental clinical

Dental students in anatomy class

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Activities in Phase I, which is the first spiral, are enlarged and reinforced upon in the 2nd phase, which comprises the 2nd spiral and so on.  This ‘spiral’ concept enables the school to implement the philosophy of both horizontal and vertical integration of subjects/disciplines.

The Dental School, in formulating the new curriculum, studied the various problems existing in established dental faculties parri passu with new developments in dental education.

The basic educational strategies adopted by the School of Dental Sciences can be summarised by the acronym 'SPICES'. The SPICES model in this context means that the curriculum is :-
 

  -  Student oriented
-  Problem-based
-  Integrated
-  Community oriented
-  Electives
-  Spiral and Systematic





 
 
 Admissions

In order to be accepted as a student in the School of Dental Sciences, the candidate must fulfill the following requirements:

Pass the SPM examination with a credit in Bahasa Malaysia.

Matriculation candidates:
Students from Matriculation must have at least a Grade B in two (2) combinations of the following subjects:  

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Additional Mathematics or Pure Mathematics

In addition, they must also do equally well in English at SPM level or pass MUET examination with Band 4.

STPM candidates and A Level candidates:
Students from STPM or A Level must have at least a Grade B in two (2) combinations of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Additional Mathematics or Pure Mathematics

In addition, they must also do equally well in English at SPM level or pass MUET examination with Band 4. 

Pass once in the STPM examination with at least a Grade B in General Paper and 2 other subjects.
 

 

Diploma candidates:
Diploma holders from USM or other institutions must have CGPA of at least 3.50 or its equivalent. The diploma should have been completed within the previous year prior to application. Results in the First to final semesters will also be taken into account.

Degree candidates:
Candidates from USM who are in another degree programme can be accepted but they must do very well in the Matriculation examination.

All candidates have to be interviewed prior to acceptance into the degree programme.



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