Academic programs include the pre-doctoral program leading to a doctor of dental medicine degree (DMD) and post-doctoral programs in advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD), general practice residency (GPR), and pediatric dentistry.
The school is educating a new kind of dentist. Graduates must be ready to address the needs of patients with multiple and chronic health conditions and be proﬁcient in clinical medicine.
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine’s four-year program offers an environment in which collaboration, creativity, diversity, and professionalism are embraced. Our innovative curriculum helps students gain in-depth understanding of the connection between oral health and overall well-being. The program integrates classroom experience, group problem-solving via collaborative networking, clinical skills acquisition, and our innovative fourth-year clinical practice experience. Throughout the program, boundless opportunities exist for community service and outreach.
Unique Fourth-Year Experience
A unique component of the DMD program is the fourth-year experience at community service learning centers (CSLCs) in the underserved locations of Ahoskie, Brunswick County, Davidson County, Elizabeth City, Lillington, Robeson County, Spruce Pine, and Sylva, North Carolina. Students provide patient care for 27 weeks at CSLCs alongside faculty, residents, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and business staff.
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine offers a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency that integrates didactic education and clinical experience at a level beyond that of the pre-doctoral educational program. The Program is designed to broaden the resident’s professional knowledge and clinical skills to the point that they can provide comprehensive oral healthcare for patients with complex dental needs independently and in a geographic location that may lack the direct support of other Dental Specialists.
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine offers a unique Optional 2nd Year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency that has been developed in conjunction with the East Carolina University’s College of Education. The Optional 2nd Year AEGD program integrates the advanced professional knowledge and clinical skills of a 2nd Year AEGD Residency, with the core courses of the College of Education’s Graduate Certificate Program in Education in the Healthcare Professions, which have been specifically designed towards Dental Education. As such our Optional 2nd Year AEGD is ideally suited for those who wish to gain the advanced professional knowledge and clinical skills of a 2-Year AEGD, and who may be considering a potential future career in Dental Education.
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine offers a one-year General Practice Residency program for recent dental graduates to prepare for private practice or for further graduate study in a dental specialty area. The primary objective of the residency program is to provide optimal dental care to both medically compromised and healthy patients in a hospital environment.
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine offers a two-year Pediatric Dentistry Residency program that will prepare residents to practice contemporary pediatric dentistry and sit for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification examination. The curriculum includes instruction in all aspects of pediatric dentistry including dental care for the pediatric patient, orthodontics, pediatric medicine, anesthesiology, sedation and care of children with special needs.