predentalstudent9

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This might be a stupid question, but if a dental school has x,y,z as their degrees offered vs. a,b,c as the departments they have in their school, does this mean that the degrees are the specialty programs offered? And the departments are just what they have a practice of?

For ex: Lets say school 'XXX' offers degrees in: pediatrics, ortho, endodontics. But this school has departments of: periodontics, oral surgery etc.

What's the difference between having a department for that specialty vs. offering a degree in that specialty?

Thanks!
 

bwc

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That is for if you want to do residency after dental school, then the school is able to train residents in specialties x, y, and z. They do have departments for the other specialties because every dental student is expected to be exposed to every specialty during their time in dental school. The faculty in those other departments may see patients in those areas, but probably not provide residency training.

Dental students are awarded the DDS or DMD degree upon completion of dental school.