The faculty is embedded within clinics at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (Western Sydney Local Heath District) and the Sydney Dental Hospital (Sydney Local Health District). Being based primarily within dental hospitals allows students to meet patients and come face to face with diverse oral health issues from the first year of study.
As dentistry students start to treat their own patients, they benefit from learning in an environment that encourages interaction with dental and other medical professionals. Consequently, students develop an implicit understanding of current issues in healthcare, and the setting in which they will later work.
Students also have the opportunity to learn in simulation clinics, based at Westmead Hospital, and the Sydney Dental Hospital. Here, students develop the necessary manual dexterity skills and confidence to perform new procedures in a safe environment.
Postgraduate coursework students, who are qualified dentists of at least two years, take part in study at both hospitals. Sydney Dental School offers dental placements at rural clinics in Nepean, Ingleburn, Dubbo, Bathurst, Cessnock and Ballina.
Postgraduate research takes place alongside a student’s chosen research supervisors.
Thanks to the generosity of Health Work Force Australia, the school has also recently refurbished a clinical training facility at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, where continuing education, as well as workshops for the wider community, take place.
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the Sydney Dental SchoolThe Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a graduate-entry dental program that focuses on teaching dental health with a strong emphasis on clinical skills. Throughout the four-year program, students develop their clinical skills through early patient-based teaching and are given the necessary foundations for independent learning through simulated exercises at a research hospital.
Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales Dental Hospital campus (Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney) and Camperdown/Darlington campus (main campus)
Next semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 4 years