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 and Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Courses will be presented virtually.  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 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 for D4 students also make certain that multiple elective courses do not have overlapping session dates.

Please use this link to register for the electives: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVHDLC7


Questions may be directed to:

Mrs. Ellen Seed


Spring 2020 Course Offerings:


DNTS 548: Overview of Clinical Anesthesia & Sedation

Instructor(s): Dr. Marvin Leventer

Credits: 0.50

Course Capacity:  20


Dates:  Monday, 1/11 and 1/25 from 5:00-7:00 PM delivered virtually.  Dr. Leventer will send an email with instructions/invitations.

Course Description:  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.  Some reading may be assigned.

Grading Requirements:   Attendance to all sessions of the elective is required for a passing grade along with any additional reading or other assignments as designated by Dr. Leventer.


DNTS 548: A Mindfulness Approach to Clinical Excellence

Instructor(s): Dr. Douglas Drewyer

Credits: 0.5

Course Capacity:  16 students


Dates:  Monday, 2/1, 2/22, 3/8 and 3/29 from 5:00-7:00 PM, presented virtually.  Dr. Drewyer will be in touch with further meeting instructions.

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.



DNTS 548:  Intercultural Leadership Competencies for Global Collaboration

Instructor(s):  Drs. Isabel Rambob (UMSOD) and Caroline Feitosa (Brazil)

Credits:  1.00

Course Capacity:  20


Dates:  Monday, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12 from 5:00-7:00 PM. 


Additional Information:  This elective is only available to D4 students.  Applications for this elective must be received by January 5, 2021 and students will be informed of acceptance by January 22, 2021. The application can be found at:  https://forms.gle/Y3wwsHsJH23fWZJr7

Course Description:  In this course, health profession students from the University of Maryland Baltimore and the Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health (Brazil) will learn about cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural ethics, global health promotion, relationship building, transcultural evaluation tools, and cross-cultural crisis management. The overall goal of this course is to offer an intercultural, interprofessional and collaborative learning environment where students will be exposed to different perspectives and share their experiences in health care and health promotion in different contexts developing a sense of responsibility as local and global citizens, and understanding how to apply what they will learn in their respective professions as they practice in the local communities and collaborate globally.

Grading Requirements:  Attendance to all sessions and any additional instructions given by Dr. Rambob. 


DNTS 548:  Introduction to Global Health in Dentistry

Instructor:  Dr. Eve Desai

Credits:  0.5

Course capacity: 15


Dates:  Monday, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12 and 4/19 from 5:00-7:00 PM delivered virtually.  Dr. Desai will send an email with instructions/invitations.


Course Description:  In this interactive course, students will gain an overview of global health principles as they relate to oral health. We will explore major population trends at the global level, predict how global trends may affect oral health across the world, and compare them to local trends in Baltimore. We will discuss “Millennium Development Goals” and “Sustainable Development Goals” and describe how they may affect oral health as a priority both globally and locally. We will define how primary care can assist with successful health promotion and disease prevention, including oral diseases. We will discuss how oral health care and primary health care services can be integrated. We will define the social determinants of health. Finally, we will analyze the impact of global oral health improvement in terms of positive outcomes, ethical concerns, and unintended impacts.

Grading Requirements:  Attendance to all sessions and any additional instructions given by Dr. Desai.