senior electivesPredoctoral Electives – Special Topics Courses

Third- and fourth-year dental students are provided the opportunity to register for elective courses which cover a wide range of topics. Electives are offered during the fall and spring terms. Courses are held on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Each elective course consists of an 8-hour commitment for 0.50 credits or a 15-hour commitment for 1.00 credit. Please read the course descriptions below which include the time commitment and number of credits.

Policies & Eligibility

Third-year dental students may register for no more than one (1) elective per term. This limitation is inclusive of the third-year Pediatric Dentistry elective course (PEDS 539) and the third-year Research with Mentor course (ODSC 599).

Fourth-year dental students may register for no more than two (2) electives per term, which is exclusive of any clerkship course or the Research with Mentor course (ODSC 599).

Any student wishing to enroll in an elective course must be in good academic standing.


All elective courses are graded as pass/fail. Instructors may assign exercises and assessments at their discretion; however, at minimum, attendance is required at all course meetings dates in order to achieve a passing grade. Please see course descriptions for additional grading criteria.

Students who do not request to have an elective course dropped from their schedule prior to the first meeting date will receive a “W” on their transcript to indicate withdrawal from the course.

Upon successful completion of the elective course(s), credit will be given under the special topics course, DNTS 548, and it will appear on your official transcript.


When choosing your elective(s), please carefully check your schedule to ensure you are available to attend all sessions, and also make certain that multiple elective courses do not overlap.

Please use this link to register for the electives: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKRXYXN


Questions may be directed to:

Mrs. Ellen Seed



Fall 2018 Offerings


­­­­DNTS 548: Overview of Clinical Anesthesia & Sedation

Instructor(s): Dr. Marvin Leventer

Credits: 0.50

Seating Capacity:  25


Dates:             Wednesday, 10/3, 10/10 and 10/24 in room G313 (4:00-6:00 pm)


Overview of clinical anesthesia for dentistry.  Covered topics include oral sedation, IV sedation, and inpatient and outpatient general anesthesia, and will include pharmacology and practical applications.

Grading Requirements:   Attendance to all sessions of the elective is required for a passing grade.


DNTS 548:  Designing Composite Veneers for Closing Diastemas

Instructors:  Dr. Mary Anne Melo (course director) and Dr. Elaine Miginsky (attending faculty)

Credits: 0.5

Capacity: 30 students


Dates:              Monday, 10/15, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in room G310

                         Wednesday, 10/17, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Clinical Simulation Lab

                         Monday, 10/22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in room G310

                         Wednesday, 10/24, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in G307

                         Monday, 10/29, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Clinical Simulation Lab

                         Wednesday, 10/31, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Clinical Simulation Lab


Re-establishing a patient’s lost dental esthetic appearance is one of the most important topics for contemporary dentistry. New treatment materials and methods have been coming on the scene, day by day, in order to achieve such an aim. As the dental curriculum has shifted to a more conservative philosophy, composite resin restorations are becoming the favored restorative material. This didactic/hands-on course aims to focus on the simulated clinical protocol where we will teach up-to-date, step-by-step direct veneer restorations aiming to provide students with the skills necessary to gain confidence to perform these procedures. This may be a treatment option for patients with the esthetic problems of anterior teeth; patients that students are dealing with in the daily clinical sessions. The students will perform: (1) facial preparation design, (2) composite placement for facial veneer and diastema closures using polychromatic stratification technique and (3) simplified, effective finishing and polishing procedures.

Grading Requirements:  Attendance to all sessions of this elective is required for a passing grade.


DNTS 548: A Mindfulness Approach to Clinical Excellence

Instructor(s): Dr. Douglas Drewyer

Credits: 0.5

Capacity:  16 students


Dates:             Wednesday, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 and 12/5 in room 9105 (4:00-6:00pm)


Course Description:  As you read the course description, keep in mind that this is a conversational class.  Through your participation we will uncover, unravel and consider the power behind what we do, how we do it, and who we might be in service with most effectively from here on out.  Those who have come before you in this time together continue to reflect on the impact, the resources and the empowerment they took away as the reward for their participation.  I look forward to providing the space to discover just what it means to you to be a dentist in the 21st century.  During our conversations, we will explore practices for dealing with the daily rigors of professional life.  Students will be introduced to useful, relevant concepts for improving their understanding, communication, planning and partnership services.  Rooted in ancient wisdom traditions, philosophical distinctions will be offered to the student/practitioner for immediate incorporation into their daily lives.  Lecture topics include: developing awareness of self and surroundings; the practices of dentistry are the practices of life; staff relations and training; entering private practice; conflict resolution and team development; business practices and ethics; personal values and consolidation.

Grading Requirements: Grading is pass/fail, based on attendance (100% is expected).  Specific Criteria: each session will include a one page written assignment exploring the distinctions shared during that class.  Credit will only be complete when a course evaluation is submitted to Dr. Drewyer.