I am indeed very honoured to take this opportunity to introduce the School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. It was established in 1998 in the North Eastern part of Peninsular Malaysia within the Health Campus of Universiti Sains Malaysia. The Health Campus is located in Kota Bharu, Kelantan while the Main Campus of the university is in Pulau Pinang. The Health Campus also houses the School of Medical Sciences and School of Health Sciences.
The set up of this school is a continuous commitment of the university and academicians from the health campus to excel in health education. The success of the School of Medical Sciences in producing medical doctors for the country through its community-based undergraduate curriculum as its main teaching philosophy had greatly influenced the design of the dental curriculum used in this school. Realizing that the training of dentists is parallel to medicine, the School of Dental Sciences had opted to utilize part of the medical curriculum. The basic sciences, preclinical training and oral health is considered as an integral part of general health in a holistic perspective.
The undergraduate curriculum is innovative, taking into consideration the current trend in dental education and oral related ill-health. The multi-professional approach in dental education is the key element in teaching-learning activities. This would enable professionalism, leadership qualities and clinical skills are attained to the highest level.
The dental school aspires to produce oral physicians who are fully equipped with knowledge, caring attitude and skills of the highest standard. The training includes a thorough understanding of general and oral health problems with emphasis on clinical community dentistry. The dental school offers the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) via its integrated problem-based teaching methodology. The first intake of students in May 1999 graduated in August 2004 upon completion of the five-year programme.
The school offers postgraduate clinical courses in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics, Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health (Dental Public Health). Postgraduate training through research mode in all discipline of dentistry is also available. Initial plans are on the way to introduce other clinical specialty training such as orthodontics. Current research activities cover a broad spectrum of nine niche areas that are biomaterial sciences, oral health management, craniofacial sciences, oral tissue engineering, oral cancer, implants, natural products, oral immunology and medical imaging . The school is proud of its international reputation for research, clinical and academic excellence from a team of staff who are at the leading edge of their profession.
Many internationally renowned scholars have either chosen to spend part of their leave period undertaking research in our premises or accepted invitations under the auspicion of Professional Development Committee of the school. It is the mission of the School of Dental Sciences to offer conducive environment for postgraduate training and education. It is my sincere hope that you will join our dynamic and stimulating academic community and I look forward to welcoming you.
Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Fadhli Khamis