Diploma Programme in Dental Medicine (German Language) for Award of the Dr. med. dent. Degree

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It is a twelve-semester diploma programme, which graduates complete with the Dr. med. dent. award and the licence to practise dentistry according to the accreditation.

DPU stands for excellence in science, teaching and research, offering a state-of-the-art study programme. This is guaranteed on the one hand on the basis of knowledge transfer by renowned professors and on the other hand by practical training based on the latest methods and state-of-the-art equipment.

At DPU, performance-oriented students are integrated into a broad and intensive study programme. Due to the organisation of the programme (20 weeks per semester instead of the usual 15 at state universities), individual courses in the curriculum conforming to EU guidelines can be deepened and the curriculum can be expanded to cover topics, such as Digital Technologies in Dentistry and CAD/CAM or Implantology, that are now indispensable in a Dental Excellence practice.

The structure of the course is characterised by intensive teaching blocks with follow-up tutorials and a strong practical orientation.

Real-world orientation

From the beginning of the course, the department of Medicine/Dentistry attaches great importance to special real-world orientation. The course starts with an "Introduction to dental, oral and maxillofacial medicine" lecture, which is immediately followed by an almost four-week internship in the dental propaedeutics laboratory (50 workstations). In the second semester, the introduction to clinical dentistry, materials science and practice hygiene is followed by the "professional exploration" internship; this is initially carried out on campus and then in the form of an internship in a dental practice. As an introduction to the clinical care of their patients, from the fifth semester onwards students receive intensive training in the various specialist areas on the phantom (74 DENTSPLY SIRONA units) – the focus is on modern CAD/CAM processes with digital impressions – until they are ready for the clinic and demonstrating the utmost treatment safety.  

The DPU Dental Clinic in Krems is used for clinical training with 52 DENTSPLY SIRONA treatment units and an operating theatre. Under the supervision of a committed and excellently trained clinic team, the dentists in training can care for a wide range of patients in a diagnosis- and care-oriented manner and across centres. In addition to fulfilling the general clinical specifications, it's possible for the dentists in training (candidati  med. dent.) to provide additional services. For example, each student places an average of six implants during the integrated treatment course at DPU and uses CEREC extensively for their patients. In addition, students receive training in radiation protection and sterile supplies handling in order to gain insight into the further clinical activities of a dentist. In weekly case reviews and clinical knowledge circles, the theory behind the practice is evaluated by the professor responsible for teaching and the senior physicians in charge, in addition to the integrated treatment course. The Chief Physician and Quality Assurance Officer at the DPU Dental Clinic in Krems, MR Dr. med. univ. Sven Orechovsky, Vice President of the Lower Austrian Dental Association, with more than 30 years of professional experience in Austria, is responsible for the organisation of treatment procedures and clinical-structural quality assurance.

Internationality

As early as the beginning of the programme – in the first semester – there is a course in “English Technical Terminology”. In “Scientific Work”, students are introduced to the processing of international scientific literature (access to the EBSCO database with around 2,500 publications) in a globalised world.

Overall responsibility

In addition to comprehensive basic medical training, the study programme is consistently geared towards the overall responsibility of dentists. This takes place in a particularly networked cooperation between the various disciplines. The biosciences subjects, but also human medicine, are focused on the special challenges in dentistry. Medical subjects are part of the studies at DPU to a greater extent than is internationally customary in today’s dentistry courses. Theoretical knowledge in these fields is supplemented by practical training in medical institutions.

The students are taught the inner determination of a "people-centred" medical profession, technical progress and a humanistic ideal in harmony. Seminars on topics such as ethics, empathy, patient communication/loyalty and dealing with senior/anxious patients give students the opportunity to shape their habitual characteristics and develop them further for the benefit of the patient. The holistic view of the patient is an important part of the course; the main focus is maintaining the health of the patient.

Students are integrated into work and research groups according to their abilities. Therefore, there are often awards and/or scientific publications in the course of graduation. The quality of the university is shaped, among other things, by the later performance of the doctoral graduates, their enjoyment and success in their profession, as well as in lifelong learning, which is made possible at DPU by the postgraduate Master of Science (MSc) programmes and the scientific doctoral programme (PhD).

The dentists in training often receive appreciative letters from grateful patients. Here is a small insight into the positive feedback on treatments at the DPU Dental Clinic in Krems.