As we say in our mission statement, we prepare oral healthcare providers for scientifically based practice and define new standards for education. To that end, we have started to implement the Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum. A new white paper, which I encourage you to read, provides an overview of this new integrated D.D.S. curriculum and describes how it is shaping our school today and into the future. The curriculum is the result of four years of research and planning done as part of the implementation of our school’s strategic plan, Advancing Greatness.
The new curriculum focuses on active versus passive learning. It offers new ways for our students and faculty to interact. It involves small-group, case-based learning, and reorganization of our clinical model into eight small group practices instead of four large ones. These are just some of the changes you’ll read about which exemplify how we are staying at the forefront when it comes to our curriculum.