The training in Dental Medicine in English is full-time only and includes three stages (6 years): the course of study lasts five years (ten semesters), the pre-graduation practice after the 10th semester (135 working days or 1080 hours) and two training practices with 30 calendar days duration (each training covers 150 hours) after the sixth and the eighth semester.
During the first two years, students are trained in medical and biological subjects (first stage). Except for the fact that instructions, labs, lectures and examinations are conducted in English, the curriculum of the six-year Programme in Dental Medicine taught in English is identical with the coursework pursued by Bulgarian dental students. Learning Bulgarian language is also compulsory during the first three years of the program. Students are required to learn Bulgarian in order to be able to communicate with the patients and in order to avoid the misunderstanding of the patients from the third year onwards.
Clinical and medical training is conducted from second to tenth semester as it includes specialized training in general medical and clinical dental disciplines (second stage).
The theoretical training is conducted by obligatory, optional and facultative disciplines, in form of lectures, seminars, practical exercise (clinical work with dental patients) and self-training. The practical training is conducted by practical studies during the semester training, training practices and pre-graduation practice. The practical instruction of students includes specific volume of practical therapeutic activity.
Under the tutelage of highly trained and productive scientists, the student acquires a solid foundation in biomedical sciences. This knowledge forms the basis for understanding the wide variety of diseases that a dentist must diagnose and treat; it also forms the foundation for the effective practice of preventive dentistry. Skillful and experienced clinical teachers guide the student in acquiring technical skills and developing clinical judgement. Instructors with qualifications in the basic and clinical sciences assist the student in applying basic science knowledge to clinical problems. This integrated system of instruction results in a broadly trained clinician with a strong biomedical background.
The pre-graduation internship/practice (third stage) is performed in cycles in prosthetic dentistry, conservative dental treatment, periodontology and diseases of the oral mucosa; oral and maxillo-facial surgery, pediatric Dental Medicine, orthodontics. Every cycle (stage) ends with a state examination.
Upon graduation, students obtain the professional qualification of "Master-doctor in Dental Medicine" and education and qualification degree "Master". The possession of that degree enables the holder to practice dental medicine in EU countries, as well as in many other countries worldwide. A European supplement to the Diploma of completed higher education, issued in English language is also provided to graduates of the programme upon graduation.
Since its founding in 2006, the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Medical University of Varna has been committed to excellence in education, patient care, research, and community service.
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