2022 NSU Fact Book

74 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Commission on Dental Accreditation, is closely allied with the other colleges of the NSU Health Professions Division. Courses in basic biomedical sciences prepare students to treat both healthy and medically complex patients. The dental simulation laboratory enables students to learn the clinical dental procedures prior to providing comprehensive dental care to patients in modern dental facilities on the Fort Lauderdale/ Davie Campus and throughout Broward and MiamiDade counties. Dental students also have the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree or a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) concurrently with their D.M.D. degree. Early introduction into clinical settings and mentoring by faculty members and clinical group leaders enable the student to achieve a better understanding of the dynamics of the patient/dentist relationship. These experiences reinforce classroom instruction in the basic and behavioral sciences, enhance patient management, and support the delivery of compre- hensive oral health care. Students are taught the importance of teamwork in an efficient and modern dental care delivery system. Current concepts in digital dentistry have been incorporated into the curriculum and are available for students in the preclinical and clinical settings. The College of Dental Medicine provides an Inter- national Dental Graduate program that offers graduate dentists of foreign dental schools the ability to earn a D.M.D. degree in three years. The international dental graduates (IDG) join the traditional D.M.D. program in the summer preceding the beginning of the D2 year. In May 2022, a state-of-the-art facility was opened at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater, Florida, to accommodate the IDG program. Sophisticated telecommunications allows an interactive interchange for classroom lectures between the Fort Lauderdale/ Davie and Tampa Bay Regional campuses. This will provide IDG students with the exact didactic education as students on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. This degree allows them to qualify for dental licensure in the United States. The college also offers postdoctoral programs for dentists in advanced general dentistry and special needs dentistry, as well as advanced dental education programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics. Residents enrolled in these advanced dental education programs have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. The College of Dental Medicine serves as a professional community resource for dentists. Through continuing education programs, invited lectures, library services, and other technical and clinical assistance, it enables dental professionals to stay current in their fields, regardless of their practice location. The College of Dental Medicine, located in the Health Professions Division Complex on the Fort Lauderdale/ Davie Campus of NSU, is housed in a 70,500-squarefoot, three-story building containing 171 modern dental operatory units, in addition to completely equipped diagnostic, radiographic, and oral-maxillofacial surgical suites. The college also has dental facilities on Cypress Creek, at the NSU Pediatric Dental Clinic at Kids In Distress, on the Tampa Bay Regional Campus, and at Joe Di Maggio Children’s Hospital. Faculty members conduct both basic science and translational research in laboratory facilities within the College of Dental Medicine and the Center for Collaborative Research. Research focuses on stem cell and tissue engineering, dental immunology, dental materials sciences, epidemiology and public health, and clinical trials. The college has a strong community service mission and provides dental care to low-income, underserved, and medically complex patients. Dental students participate in U.S. and international mission trips annually with students from other HPD colleges at Nova Southeastern University. The college participates with the Florida Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy. Dental student associations organize numerous community service activities, including an Oral Cancer Walk and the College of Dental Medicine’s signature program, Give Kids A Smile. The College Colleges and Academic Centers

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