The Goals of the BDS programme are to produce graduates who:

  • Possess the preventive, diagnostic, and technical knowledge and skills necessary to provide patients with comprehensive oral health in a variety of health care delivery systems independently and based on sound ethos,
  • View their role in the profession from a humanitarian perspective, accepting patients’ oral health as a right rather than a privilege, their patients’ physical and psychological health being the principal focus of their clinical practice,
  • Are able to provide socially sensitive and responsible leadership  in the community of their practice, and
  • Continuously update their knowledge of dental health and oral diseases, their techniques, and their practices.

Core Curriculum

The curriculum for undergraduate dentistry at SDMCDSH has been adopted from the curriculum framed and constructed by the Dental Council of India, and also by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
The adopted curriculum has been designed by the Curriculum Committee of SDMCDSH to be customized to the needs of this institution’s teaching-learning activities based upon its vision, mission, and goals


The general dentist is the primary oral health care provider, supported by dental specialists, allied dental professionals, and other health care providers. The general dentist will address health care issues beyond traditional oral health care and must be able to independently and collaboratively practice evidence-based comprehensive dentistry with the ultimate goal of improving the health of society. The general dentist must have a broad biomedical and clinical education and be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behavior as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills. In addition, he/she must have the ability to evaluate and utilize emerging technologies, continuing professional development opportunities and problem-solving and critical thinking skills to effectively address current and future issues in health care.

This document has been adopted from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), as approved by the ADEA House of Delegates on 2nd April, 2008. The purpose of this document and the proposed foundation knowledge concepts are to:

  • Define the competencies necessary for entry into the dental profession as a general dentist. Competencies must be relevant and important to the patient care responsibilities of the general dentist, directly linked to the oral health care needs of the public, realistic, and understandable by other health care professionals;
  • Reflect the core set of competencies for enhancing patient care quality and safety, and illustrate current and emerging trends in the dental practice environment; they are divided into domains, are broader and less prescriptive in nature, are fewer in number, and most importantly will be linked to requisite foundation knowledge and skills;
  • Serve as a central resource, both nationally for DCI (Dental Council of India) and locally for SDMCDS, to promote change and innovation in undergraduate curricula;
  • Provide a framework for the change, innovation, and construction of national dental examinations, including those provided through the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, USA, and clinical testing agencies;
  • Assist the development of curriculum guidelines;
  • Provide methods for assessing competencies for the general dentist;
  • Through periodic review and update, serve as a document for benchmarking, best practice, and inter-professional collaboration and additionally, as a mechanism to inform educators in other health care professions about curricular priorities of dental education and entry-level competencies of general dentists.


  • Critical Thinking
  • Professionalism
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Practice Management and Informatics
  • Patient Care
    1. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
    2. Establishment and Maintenance of Oral Health


Graduates must be competent to:

  • Evaluate and integrate emerging trends in health care as appropriate.
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Evaluate and integrate best research outcomes with clinical expertise and patient values for evidence-based practice.

Graduates must be competent to:

  • Apply ethical and legal standards in the provision of dental care.
  • Practice within one’s scope of competence and consult with or refer to professional colleagues when indicated.

Graduates must be competent to:

  •  Apply appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Apply psychosocial and behavioral principles in patient-centered health care.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals from diverse populations.

Graduates must be competent to:

  • Provide prevention, intervention, and educational strategies.
  • Participate with dental team members and other health care professionals in the management and health promotion for all patients.
  • Recognize and appreciate the need to contribute to the improvement of oral health beyond those served in traditional practice settings.

Graduates must be competent to:

  • Evaluate and apply contemporary and emerging information including clinical and practice management technology resources.
  • Evaluate and manage current models of oral health care management and delivery.
  • Apply principles of risk management, including informed consent and appropriate record keeping in patient care.
  • Demonstrate effective business, financial management, and human resource skills.
  • Apply quality assurance, assessment, and improvement concepts.
  •  Comply with local as well as international regulations (e.g. OSHA and HIPAA of USA).
  • Develop a catastrophe preparedness plan for the dental practice.

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning

Graduates must be competent to:

  • Manage the oral health care of the infant, child, adolescent, and adult, as well as the unique needs of women, geriatric and special needs patients.
  • Prevent, identify, and manage trauma, oral diseases, and other disorders.
  • Obtain and interpret patient / medical data, including a thorough intra / extra oral examination, and use these findings to accurately assess and manage all patients.
  • Select, obtain, and interpret diagnostic images for the individual patient.
  • Recognize the manifestations of systemic disease and how the disease and its management may affect the delivery of dental care.
  • Formulate a comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and/or referral plan for the management of patients.

Establishment and Maintenance of Oral Health

Graduates must be competent to:

  • Utilize universal infection control guidelines for all clinical procedures.
  • Prevent, diagnose, and manage pain and anxiety in the dental patient.
  • Prevent, diagnose, and manage temporomandibular disorders.
  • Prevent, diagnose, and manage periodontal diseases.
  • Develop and implement strategies for the clinical assessment and management of caries.
  • Manage restorative procedures that preserve tooth structure, replace missing or defective tooth structure, maintain function, are esthetic, and promote soft and hard tissue health.
  • Diagnose and manage developmental or acquired occlusal abnormalities.
  • Manage the replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
  • Diagnose, identify, and manage pulpal and periradicular diseases.
  • Diagnose and manage oral surgical treatment needs.
  • Prevent, recognize, and manage medical and dental emergencies.
  • Recognize and manage patient abuse and/or neglect.
  • Recognize and manage substance abuse.
  • Evaluate outcomes of comprehensive dental care.
  • Diagnose, identify, and manage oral mucosal and osseous diseases.

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