Curriculum Overview

The integrated DMD-PhD joint-degree program is designed to minimize redundant basic science and research coursework in order to reduce the time needed to obtain both degrees by 1-2 years, with a typical program taking approximately 7-8 years. Integration of these two programs will provide students with comprehensive training in both clinical dentistry and in PhD level biomedical research.

For the first three years, students focus entirely on the DMD curriculum; thus, providing a foundation in the basic sciences with exposure to the clinical setting, current dental treatment strategies and treatment planning. During this period, students pass the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) part I. Students officially enter the joint degree program in the fall semester of their DMD senior year, by beginning their formal PhD training in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. At this juncture, students simultaneously maintain a foothold in the clinical arena by working for two half-days each week in the TEAM dental clinic. Furthermore, students have four years to complete their DMD degree requirements of the last two semesters of the DMD program (i.e., semesters 10 and 11).

These requirements include limited didactic courses, clinical experiences, clinical skills assessments and passage of NBDE part II. Therefore, students learn to balance research with clinical duties, a skill vital for a successful career in academic research.

Upon entering the joint degree program, 12 credits in the DMD program are credited toward the PhD degree; and reciprocally, 12 credits of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences are credited toward the DMD degree. To ensure that students continually progress in their dental professional development, while pursuing the PhD degree, specific benchmarks are to be attained by the end of year 5. These requirements are equivalent to those of semester 10 in the DMD. By the end of year 7, students must complete all clinical and didactic requirements for the DMD degree and satisfy all requirements for both degrees before either degree is awarded. Students requiring additional time to complete the PhD requirements will continue working two-half days in the clinic to help prepare for the Florida State Dental Licensure Examination.

 DMD-PhD: Purpose and Research Opportunities
 DMD-PhD: Application Process and Admission
 DMD-PhD: Tuition and Stipends
 DMD-PhD: Advanced Specialty Training Opportunity
 UFCD DMD-PhD Students