The work of Dentistry and Dental Implantology graduates consists in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired diseases and disorders of the teeth, mouth, jaw bones and temporomandibular joints and associated tissues, and in prescribing the medication and the devices required for professional practice.
The Dental School’s Master’s Degree graduates possess the professional, cultural, decision-making and operational autonomy needed for on-going refresher training, having completed a course characterised by a holistic approach to the health issues of healthy or sick individuals, including aspects associated with their physical environment and social background.
To achieve this aim, the Master’s Degree requires students to obtain a total of 360 ECTS-credits over the six-year course, of which at least 90 must be obtained through vocational clinical training work to be performed in parallel with the other training activities in the university’s healthcare facilities.
Vocational training is compulsory and necessary to achieve the Master’s degree; it is planned in compliance with the Academic Regulations and lasts the entire duration of the course. With regard to the definition of curricula requiring the performance of the activities envisaged by Directive 78/687/EEC, the University’s Academic Regulations comply with the provisions set forth in the applicable Decree and in article 6, subsection 3 of Ministerial Decree no.
Master’s degree graduates are able to: perform a full range of dental interventions as part of a holistic patient management programme, without producing additional risks for people or the environment; identify treatment priorities compatibly with patient needs; work with other professionals to plan the interventions required to reduce dental disease in the community on the basis of their knowledge of the principles and practice of community dentistry.
The necessary professional skills are achieved through transverse attendance of training activities including lectures and seminars, clinical internship, simulator workshops and interdisciplinary laboratories within IRCCS San Raffaele facilities.
One particularly important aspect of the course is the practical training and clinical internship of an observational nature that starts in the first year of the course to become fully operational in the sixth year, in order to achieve a full mastery of all the skills required and their immediate application in professional settings.
The Bachelor’s Degree course has been specifically design to allow a limited number of students compatible with the facilities available to study under a teaching staff consisting of world-renown experts, and to participate in interactive studies as part of a close and continuous relationship between students, teaching staff and tutors, in order to bring the professional skills of Italian graduates into line with European demands (in compliance with the guidance provided by the European Union’s Advisory Committee on Formation of Dental Practitioners).
Learning is measured in ECTS-credits that demonstrate the student’s commitment.
The Bachelor’s degree involves the following types of training:
- Basic courses for the training of Dentists: functions and metabolism of the molecules of biological interest, human morphology and the integrated functions of human organs and systems.
- Vocational courses: dental and radiology disciplines, disciplines of dental interest, laboratory diagnostics.
- Complementary and supplementary courses with interdisciplinary training.
Credits can be acquired autonomously by students through: participation in Congresses, Symposia and Consensus Conferences; preparation for the final assessment; the learning of a foreign language; and the acquisition of other computer and interpersonal skills.
Teaching is also enhanced by business and administration aspects such as business planning, financial management, human resource management, coordination of the patient’s/user’s treatment programme, and communication and marketing, that are increasingly important for the modern dentist
Istituto Scientifico Universitario San Raffaele is home to a Dentistry and Stomatology Unit that routinely performs a great number of high-standard clinical services as well as research that is acknowledged both within Italy and internationally.
The facility is fitted out with the most specific and technologically-advanced equipment available, making it possible to implement the most novel evidence-based procedures, techniques and protocols.
The New Dental Clinic was founded as a complement to the existing facilities, to meet the demands of an innovative Bachelor’s degree that aims to provide the highest possible levels of quality and training. This modern dental facility will be to a great extent dedicated to the teaching of future graduates who need to acquire logistical training and the treatment programmes characteristic of dental practice and be able to satisfy today’s essential demands in order to guarantee the protection of public health.
Students’ direct experience of research settings and techniques provides an excellent cultural preparation for both further studies and recruitment in the scientific world, by allowing them to acquire specific qualifying skills.
The aim of the thus-designed Bachelor’s degree is to prepare modern dentists for professional practice and who have an excellent level of qualification and professional aptitude, by providing a unique, innovative study programme.
The Master’s Degree in Dentistry and Dental Implantology includes a number of truly pioneering aspects.
Our graduates are professionals who not only have the best possible level of training able to draw on the consolidated teaching and training experience of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, but are also able to learn “throughout the entire duration of their course” concepts regarding planning, clinical programmes, management and dental health planning, all important elements of modern dentistry that are essential to tomorrow’s graduates and that are bought together in our new Dental Clinic.