The dental teaching programs in the department are designed
to combine a core of basic knowledge with understanding of fundamental principles.
Courses in Physiology and Pharmacology, Pain Management include clinical correlation
sessions to connect lecture and reading material to the practice of clinical
medicine and dentistry. A combined DMD / PhD program is also offered.
In addition, opportunities exist for students and clinicians who wish to pursue
research related to any of our Faculty Research Interests. The department is
strongly committed to its educational role at all levels, and strives to integrate
top quality research with excellence in education.
This course, given to first year dental students, teaches general
principles of human physiology. The application of these principles in
the practice of dentistry is illustrated by appropriate examples.
Analgesia and Local Analgesia
This second year dental pharmacology course is taught jointly
with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It provides core
information on pharmacological principles and specific aspects of local anesthetics
and non-steroidal analgesics. It includes the anatomy of the head and
neck and the techniques of local anesthesia.
Topics in Medical
Pharmacology for the Dentist
This third year dental pharmacology course prepares the student
for the rational and safe use of drugs in preventing and treating human disease.
It familiarizes the student with drugs in general medical, principles of toxicology
and general and sedation anesthesiology.