Operative Program Requirements


This document outlines the basic curriculum requirements for the Graduate Program in OPERATIVE DENTISTRY and serves as a check-list for the degree or certificate candidate.


REQUIRED COURSES

* R925 Oral Biology

* G948 Advanced Radiographic Imaging

(These two core courses are condensed and are taken in July at the beginning of the program.)

* Indicates a core course required of all Graduate candidates in the School of Dentistry

MINOR: DENTAL MATERIALS

In addition, the following three courses in Dental Materials are required and will constitute a minor.

CoursesCredit Hours
G911 Dental Materials Science and Engineering 2
G912 Properties & Test Methods:  Dental Materials 2
G913 Clinical Application of Dental Materials 2

REQUIRED ROTATIONS

All students must be currently certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and maintain this certification throughout their program. Certification courses are offered so that students can meet this requirement.

Each student is required to devote some time toward teaching of undergraduate dental students. This will occur either in a laboratory setting or during treatment of patients.

Each student is required to participate in clinical study club teaching sessions which take place during both years of the program.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Most of the required didactic courses are taken during the first year, leaving some time available during the second year for the student to take electives of their choice in areas that are of special interest to them. Students in the Graduate Program in Operative Dentistry may select electives from any of the Graduate courses offered at the School of Dentistry with the following stipulations:

  1. The elective course must not conflict with any required course or activity.
  2. The student must obtain permission from both the elective course director and the director of the Graduate Operative Dentistry program to enroll in the course.

Frequently, students use their electives to complete a second minor. One area that has been selected by many students in the past is Preventive Dentistry. This field is closely related to the Operative Dentistry discipline and a minor can be earned by completing 6 hours from the following courses.

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

CoursesCredit Hours
R909 Advanced Preventive Dentistry I 2-3
R910 Advanced Preventive Dentistry II 2-3
R911 Advanced Preventive Dentistry III 1-2

Other students elect to take basic courses in other disciplines such as Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Pathology or Diagnostic Sciences. It should be noted that you cannot receive a minor in an American Dental Association recognized specialty. This does not mean that you may not take courses in these areas, just that they do not qualify as a minor.

ELECTIVE ACTIVITIES

It is suggested that students enrolled in the Graduate Operative Dentistry Program make an attempt to attend the annual meetings of the Academy of Operative Dentistry and the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators during both years of their program. These sessions offer excellent didactic programs as well as an outstanding operating session during the AAGFO meeting. We also encourage our graduate students to become members in both these organizations. However, we realize that these are additional expenses that are not covered by your tuition and fees. Therefore, these activities are not required, but are suggested additions to your training.  We also encourage our students to take the American Board of Operative Dentistry examination (3 parts) during their residency.

Graduate students are also eligible to attend the numerous Continuing Education courses offered by the Indiana University School of Dentistry. The Director of Continuing Education has set forth the following policy for graduate students:

"Graduate students may attend select courses on a space available basis. Tuition fee will be waived. A $ 10.00 per person/per day registration fee will be charged to cover expenses and an additional per person/per day at cost fee will be charged when lunches are involved (and the student wishes to participate). Workshops and limited attendance courses are on a space available basis. In addition to the university policy registration fee, materials, instruments, and laboratory fees will be offered at cost."

INTRA-ORAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

It is strongly suggested (but not required) that all Graduate Operative Dentistry students have their own intra-oral camera set-up, or be prepared to purchase such equipment during their first semester of the program. The department does have an intra-oral camera available for use by the graduate students, but it may be in use by someone else when you need it.

OPERATING MAGNIFICATION

It is strongly suggested (but not required) that all Graduate Operative Dentistry student have their own opeating magnification equipment, or be prepared to purchase such equipment during their first semester of the program.  The use of operating magnification greatly enhances your ability to perform precision preparations and restorations.

GRADUATE COMMITTEE

Each student will select a graduate faculty committee composed of the program director, who serves as chairman of the committee, and four additional graduate faculty members. At least one of these

must be a representative of the student's minor concentration and one must be from an outside discipline. It is the purpose of this committee to provide advice concerning the student's academic progress and research, and conduct the required examinations.

MAJOR: OPERATIVE DENTISTRY

CoursesCredit Hours
G910 Seminar - Operative Dentistry 1
G925 Research - Operative Dentistry 6
G950 Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry 6
G951 Interdisciplinary Role of Operative Dentistry 2
G952 Analysis of Operative Procedures 2
G953 Recent Advances in Operative Dentistry 2
G910 Biostatistics  * 1
G907 Clinical Oral Pathology Conference I  * 1
G909 Clinical Oral Pathology Conference II * 1

* Indicates a core course required of all Graduate candidates in the School of Dentistry

RESEARCH

Scientific inquiry and research are strongly encouraged for all students in the graduate dental programs. Opportunities for both basic and/or clinical research are available in most disciplines, together with appropriate support services and facilities (see Research Handbook).

Degree candidates are required to carry out an original research project and submit an approved thesis. Preliminary review of the literature and selection of a research topic should ordinarily be completed by the end of the first semester of the program. Prior to starting the project, the candidate must submit a research protocol, approved by the candidate's committee. Completion of the research and preparation of the thesis constitute an ongoing activity over the remainder of the program, culminating in the final Defense of Thesis examination by the student's graduate committee.

EXAMINATIONS

The members of the student's graduate committee will conduct preliminary oral and written examinations (required of both degree and certificate candidates), covering essentially the candidate's field of study. The candidate must complete these examinations six months prior to the intended date of graduation. The student is eligible to take these examinations upon completion of one-half of the didactic course work.

SEMESTER SCHEDULES

The following is a breakdown of the curriculum sequencing in Graduate Operative Dentistry by semester. Only graduate core courses and program required courses are listed. Candidates are free to take electives of their own choosing whenever they will fit into their schedule.

BEGINNING SUMMER SESSION (required of all School of Dentistry graduate students):

R925 Oral Biology

G948 Advanced Radiographic Imaging

(These two core courses are condensed and are taken in July at the beginning of the program.)

Please Note: a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification course will be offered during this session for any student not currently certified in CPR. All students must be certified in CPR before beginning clinical activity, and must maintain this certification throughout their graduate program.

FALL SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR:

CoursesCredit Hours
G907 Clinical Oral Pathology Conference I 1
G912 Properties & Test Methods:  Dental Materials 2
G950 Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry 1
G952 Analysis of Operative Procedures 2
G953 Recent Advances in Operative Dentistry 2
G910 Biostatistics 1

 

SPRING SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR:

CoursesCredit Hours
G909 Clinical Oral Pathology Conference II 1
G910 Seminar - Operative Dentistry 1
G911 Dental Materials Science and Engineering 2
G913 Clinical Applications of Dental Materials 2
G950 Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry 1
G951 Interdisciplinary Role of Operative Dentistry 2

 

SUMMER SESSION - FIRST YEAR:

CoursesCredit Hours
G950 Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry 1
G925 Research - Operative Dentistry 1

 

FALL SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR:

CoursesCredit Hours
G950 Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry 2
G925 Research - Operative Dentistry 3
Plus Selected Elective Courses  

 

SPRING SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR:

CoursesCredit Hours
G950 Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry 2
G925 Research - Operative Dentistry 3
Plus Selected Elective Courses  

 

SUMMER SESSION - SECOND YEAR:

CoursesCredit Hours
G950 Advanced Clinical Operative Dentistry 1
G925 Research - Operative Dentistry 1