Effective November 1, the Departments of Cariology and Operative Dentistry and of General Dentistry and Management Science were merged to form the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. Dr. Mark S. Wolff, a veteran educator and clinician who joined NYUCD in July (see related article), has been appointed Professor and Chairman of the new Department.
Dr. Wolff explained that the objective is to better integrate preclinical education and clinical training. "We believe that integrating these two faculties will enable predoctoral students to make a smoother transition from the classroom to the clinic, and ultimately, to their professional careers," Dr. Wolff said. "Until now, one set of faculty has taught preclinical cariology and operative dentistry, while another has directed clinical training. With this merger, we ensure that third- and fourth-year clinical training follows the same principles taught in the first and second years."
To that end, clinical training will place a greater emphasis on the prevention of caries, while offering more opportunities for students to practice esthetic, endodontic, prosthodontic, periodontic, and implant dentistry techniques, which have been introduced into the curriculum at a growing rate in recent years.
"These changes are designed to give our graduates the best possible preparation for 21st century dental practice, while challenging our faculty to integrate two distinct fields into a new model of multidisciplinary teaching and research." Dr. Wolff added that he plans to more fully empower the individual Group Practice Directors as a means of promoting improved patient care.