The Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine was founded in 1953 as a joint initiative of the Hebrew University, Hadassah and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. The faculty provides the highest standard of Dental Medicine through a comprehensive approach involving the training of dentists and dental auxiliary professionals, extensive community outreach programs and innovative research into dental diseases, application of new technologies in the field and extensive research in the craniofacial complex.
The agreement between the Hebrew University which was founded in 1925 as a research university and Hadassah determines that the first three out of six years of studies, towards a D.M.D. degree, are under the general responsibility of the Hebrew University, called the pre-clinical years, while Hadassah will be responsible for the following three clinical years. Thus, the Faculty of Dental Medicine is comprised of two main sectors; the pre-clinical and the clinical departments.
There are 334 undergraduate dental students in our six year academic program while 70 students are admitted yearly to the first year. After completing three years they receive a B.Med.Sc degree. Approximately 55 students continue to the clinical years after achieving an average grade of 80 (out of 100) in their first 3 years.
As part of the D.M.D. degree requirements each student must submit an original D.M.D. thesis which is a research work supervised by a faculty member (minimum rank of lecturer) either from the Institute for Dental Sciences or from the clinical departments or both.
Our Dental School offers nine post graduate specialization programs (three to five years) in the different fields of dentistry. We also offer a special long term continuing education programs (of one to two years) for trainees in an Advanced General Practice Program (AGPP), Aesthetic Dentistry, Dental treatments under Sedation and General Anaesthesia and Oral Rehabilitation over Dental Implants. There are also annualy courses for dental hygienists and dental assistants.
Students and young faculty members are constantly encouraged to start their involvement in research at an early stage of their academic and/or professional careers. The research is usally done under the framework of the Biomedical Graduate Program which is in charge of the MS.c. and Ph.D. students. The goal of these programs is to allow top students to enrich their scientific background and to contribute to the on-going dental research in Israel and world wide. As we envision those graduates as future leaders in dentistry in Israel, we seek to provide them with best possible training in research in addition to their high level clinical training.
Over one hundred students are listed in our program (in 2011, 55 M.Sc. students, 48 Ph.D. students). More then half of our M.Sc. students either hold a D.M.D. degree or are currently D.M.D. students. About one third of our Ph.D. students holds a D.M.D. degree or is currently in their clinical studies.