Introduction

Duration of studies: 5 years (10 semesters)The five-year program has been carefully structured and designed to ensure the high standard of knowledge, skills and responsibility of dental surgeons.During the first and second year, a thorough understanding of the basic medical sciences is gained. In the beginning of the program, lectures in Odontology and Preventive Dentistry make students acquainted with dental anatomy and the prevention of cavities. In addition to the extensivetheoretical education, the basics of dental training is also introducedwithsubjects like Medical Chemistry, Biophysics, Anatomy, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Neurobiology.
 
From the second year, some special dental disciplines are instructed such as Dental Materials and Introduction to Fixed Prosthesis by which students can gain understanding of materials used for taking impressions or making crowns, and they also acquire the basics of tooth preparation for crowns and bridgework.
 
During the third year, which is a pre-clinical year, students learn the principles of patient treatment. Moreover, they will have profound training in medical subjects of Pathology, Immunology, Micro-biology, Clinical Biochemistry, and Surgical Operative Techniques.
 
Concerning dental disciplines, they are taught Oral Surgery, Oral Radiology, and they also learn about cavity preparation as well as fixed and removable prosthetics during practical seminars in the phantom head laboratory.
 
In the course of the fourth and fifth year, students complete their Clinical Practice, while they treat patients of various departments.
 
During the program, students are required to take either written or oral examinations in all compulsory subjects at the end of each semester. Students can only proceed to the next semester if they pass each exam. However, they may get exemptions from the end-of-semester examinations if they successfully complete the mid-term self-control tests. In the fifth year, students of Dentistry are required to write a thesis in a selected topic with the help of an assigned professor. Once it is submitted, students must defend their dissertation and take five major exams covering Prosthetics, Restorative Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and Periodontology. If they complete these exams successfully, they are required to take the final examination which consists of a written test based on the focal points of disciplines acquired during the 5-year program of Dentistry, as well as an oral presentation of patient care, including patient history, diagnosis, and a proposed treatment plan.

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