Many classes in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program will give you an internship type of experience in a particular clinical setting. These rotations allow you to gain insight into a particular aspect of dentistry.
Dental public health
In DENT 4517, the Dental Public Health elective class, you’ll attend seminars focusing on prevention and community dentistry. Then, you’ll do clinical rotations in which you’ll promote oral health and provide basic dental care to patients in underserved communities or marginalized groups, such as the homeless population of metro Halifax.
In DENT 4513, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery elective class, you’ll gain extensive exposure to this specialization, not only in research and other scholarly activities, but also in the clinical care of surgery patients in the hospital setting.
Classes in paediatric dentistry, such as DENT 4400, Paediatric Dentistry IV, will give you the opportunity to apply the didactic and clinical knowledge you've acquired in your previous years of study to the diagnosis, treatment planning, and management of paediatric patients. Practical experience will be gained through rotations at the Harbour View School Clinic in Dartmouth and the North Preston Community Oral Health Clinic. Additional experience may be gained through a rotation at the Paediatric Dental Unit at the IWK Health Centre, by choosing to take that as an elective class.