Faculty of Dentistry/Stomatology

General Information

Faculty of Dentistry/Stomatology of Ukrainian Medical Stomatological/ Dental Academy (UMSA) is known as the best all over Ukraine and has very good worldwide reputation also.
At the faculty of dentistry the curriculum consists of five academic years. The students master basic subjects of medical and biological courses, as well as various clinical disciplines, necessary for dentist. On successful completion of study the graduates receive degree of doctor - dentist. The curriculum implies further postgraduate education. BDS degree is awarded.
During junior courses students study theoretical disciplines and from the beginning of the fourth course, they start to study clinical disciplines along with therapeutic and orthopedic stomatology. Departments of anatomy, histology, normal physiology, biochemistry, general chemistry, having wonderful traditions in organization of educational process and highly qualified teachers, could train specialists for the teaching of their disciplines, taking into account the faculty's specificity.

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For mastering the propaedeutic course the departments were well equipped with additional premises, acquired the necessary quantity of visual aids and special equipment.  All employees of the department and students took an active part in making the educational manuals. A metal-ceramic laboratory and a laboratory for high frequency melting and casting of dentures is specially organized. At special dental departments students study the main problems of dentistry: caries, parodonthosis, and diseases of the mucous membrane in the mouth cavity. The principle task of the dental faculty is perfection of higher dentistry education, raising the quality of dentists. Complex of methodical ways for optimization of educational process, which are aimed at activation of cognitive activity of students, development of habits for educational and researching work, training the creative method of approach for professional activity were implemented on the faculty. The faculty of dentistry helps students to obtain good knowledge in the dental field. It grows and develops, absorbing all the best from the experience of the University's work.

History of the Faculty of Dentistry/Stomatology of Ukrainian Medical Stomatological/Dental Academy (UMSA)

Faculty of Dentistry dates back to September 30, 1921 when the odontology department of Kharkiv State Medical Academy was opened. The department became the first academic institution of higher education, specialized in dentists training, and leading center for dental education in Ukraine. By the decision of cross-accreditation commission and by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine on July 13, 1994 № 229 faculty, as a structural unit of the Academy, received the right to train specialists in 8.110106 "Dentistry" of the fourth level of accreditation, with a licensed capacity of 350 students admission(with the right to train foreign students). Today there are 1515 students studying at the faculty, 471 (31.09%) of which at state-financed education. The Faculty of Dentistry of Ukrainian Medical Dental Academy has qualified scientific and teaching staff with practical experience and educational work and, in general, provides necessary educational process. The Department consists of 193 teachers, including 31 Doctors of Medicine (16.06%), 120 Candidates of Medical Sciences (62.18%). All clinical departments are headed by Professors. There are 43 departments, 8 of which are specialized and 4 supportive.
The main focus of the faculty is to train highly qualified specialists, who perfectly know their work, and have highly basic and professional knowledge. Graduates of the faculty of dentistry after graduation receive state-recognized degree, which proves higher education in the field of dentistry.
The main strategic task of Faculty of Dentistry of Ukrainian Medical Stomatological/Dental Academy (UMSA) is to train young generation, to make them capable of operating in a competitive environment of modern society.

Material and technical base of the faculty

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Faculty of Dentistry has well established material base that fully supports the training in Stomatology, and in general are suitable for training the specialists at the appropriate level.  Each student has 12.8 square meters for the educational process that meets the standards for the educational activity. Clinical Faculty of the Department is located in all provincial and municipal hospitals of Poltava. About 311 dental chairs are used in the process of teaching that provides practical training for students at the appropriate level. Preparation to provide hospital care is carried out in dento-facial department of the Regional Hospital (30 beds) and the Municipal Children's Hospital (8 beds). Clinical departments and therapeutic bases are equipped with modern diagnostic and medical equipment that enables making diagnosis and treatment on the modern level, using modern achievements in science.

The faculty developed a computer-based training on the basis of 2 computer classes and Internet-class, with the possibility of free access to the Internet.
The faculty of Medicine of Ukrainian Medical Stomatological/Dental Academy (UMSA) uses modern multimedia technology training that can maximize the ways of information perception, bring the conditions close to real life daily activity of a physician. In the medical department stipulates the Methodology of the educational process has great role in the work of the faculty. Teachers introduce modern educational technologies, the latest educational achievements, new advanced technologies and treatment methods into the learning process.

One of the main challenges for the future specialist is level of his professional training in a competitive labor market. It encourages teachers to search intensive methods of teaching, improving the monitoring of student learning and preparing teaching documents, including the development of guidelines, manuals, complex programs for self-study. Teachers of the faculty successfully work to create training manuals in accordance with the curriculum and the current requirements issued by the State language. Widespread use of special and general subjects is reflected in the tutorials, created by teachers of the Faculty of Dentistry of Ukrainian Medical Stomatological/Dental Academy (UMSA).  Large and productive work is done by the best teachers - methodists in establishing new programs in basic disciplines and adapting existing programs to the curriculum. Lectures and practical lessons are conducted with the help of multimedia programs, training videos, slides, codograms, visual aids and patients. The Library of the Academy plays a significant role in organization of educational work, provides students with training, background and technical literature.

Structure of the educational process

Training in the field of Dentistry is carried out in accordance with the schedule of the educational process, which provides duration of the training sessions, dates of practices, examinations and state certification, vacations. Faculty of Dentistry together  with the administration of Ukrainian Medical Stomatological/Dental Academy (UMSA) created the objective conditions for educational work of adequate quality level by optimizing the method and content of training, increasing complexity and objectivity in the assessment of knowledge, improving material base of the educational process, its individualization, activation of education in the teaching process. The main bases for clinical practice are hospitals of Poltava and Poltava region, as well as regional centers of Ukraine. In general, clinical base meets the requirements, material, technical and methodological support for practices of all courses is at the appropriate level.

Students’ life

Necessary social and living conditions for training, accommodation, medical care, nutrition and physical improvement of the students are created. Students of the faculty of Medicine live in 2 dormitories total area of which is 11,684 square meters (living area of 5703 square meters). Hostel № 4 has an area of 1604 square meters, where the department of physical education and health is situated. There are 4 gyms. Students and faculty staff have an opportunity in their free time to train in extra spacious gyms, improve their physical condition on modern bikes. All dormitories of the Academy are provided with soft and hard inventory and a laundry. Students are served in canteen and 3 diners for 318 seats. During summertime the academy provides health and sports camp for 100 students, staff and teachers, located in the beautiful suburban area.

There are 11 students-orphans, who are fully state-financed, 28 students - victims of the Chernobyl accident and 19 students with disabilities. Such students have the right to extraordinary settlement in a dormitory and receive additional scholarship. Once a year students should pass medical examination to detect clinical patients, who have the opportunity to receive trip tickets for rest in a student’s camp.