Vice Dean Message

Vice Dean Message The graduate dental education at King Saud University has a long history and heritage. The program of Masters of Science in Dentistry started back in the early 1980’s with the collaboration and efforts of the founding pioneers in the field of dental education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These efforts in establishing the graduate program at the College of Dentistry resulted in the first group of one male and three female graduate students that obtained their Master's degree in Prosthodontics in June 1993 (Dhulhajjah 1413). The Master’s degree at the college is a combined three-year program with nine tracks of different specialty programs. Since then and by the end of the academic year 2016/2017 the number of graduates of the program is 227 Master of Science holder and specialist. As education continues to be a cornerstone of King Saud University, the main goals of these different specialty programs are to train and graduate leaders and educators in different fields of dentistry. These graduates will provide health services in their community, establish and execute research support that will be beneficial to our beloved country. The combined program consists of 12 basic core courses and different structured courses in nine dental specialties. These courses are designed to provide evidence- based knowledge to the graduate students. The students are expected to utilize this knowledge in their daily professional practice and conduct a high standard research that will lead to a Master’s thesis. Most of the courses are structured based on the latest methods of education of group discussion and problem based learning. In addition, a number of practical and clinical courses are also provided to help the graduates of the program to develop the required skills to manage their patients in accordance with the highest international standards. With the increased emphasis on both the research component and advanced clinical training, and to keep abreast with National needs and global trends, a new minimum of four-year program [Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD)] was launched on September 2015. The program is a professional doctorate program; the number of hours required for graduation range from 54 to 79 depending on the track die to the nature of the study which include didactic, clinical, and research components. In addition to the Master Degree program requirement, the candidates should pass 12 credit hours of the Doctor of Science in Dentistry core courses, pass the clinical courses for the Doctor of Science in Dentistry, pass the comprehensive qualifying examination, and present a thesis in the format of an introduction, two manuscripts, and a discussion. To give you a virtual overview of the Graduate Dental Education, I would like to invite you to explore and utilize this web page as part of the College of Dentistry, King Saud University web portal.   Prof. Maan M. AlShaafi Vice Dean, for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research

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Introduction

KSU Graduate Education in Dentistry started....
in 1402 AH (1982 G) when the Board of the College of Dentistry decided to offer, as "soon as practicable", seven specialties of dentistry leading to higher academic degrees of the University. The decision of the College was a response to the fourth Five-year Development Plan of the Kingdom as it pertained to health care needs and delivery in the Kingdom.
 
At its meeting of 10/04/1403 (October 1983), the Board discussed and recommended the establishment of a center for Graduate Dental Education to coordinate the planning and implementation of Advanced Dental Education in the College. A skeletal structure was constructed and approved by the College Board.
 
Through the activities of the College Administration, the Director of Graduate Dental Education at the time, the Graduate Dental Council and the Department Planning Committees, a minimum core of research equipments needs was projected. The Director of Graduate Studies presented this core to the College Board. In 1406 AH, the College Board approved the projection and promptly communicated same to the University Administration. Funds were consequently made available to the College in 1408H.
 
In principle, the College was committed to seeing commencement of the training programs in all the dental specialties. At the end of 1409 however, only one specialty program had been comprehensively prepared and submitted to the College Board for approval and transmitted to the University College of Graduate Studies for final approval.
 
By the beginning of 1410 AH, the Prosthodontics Master's degree program had been approved by the College of Graduate Studies of the University. Students were admitted and they commenced their studies at the beginning of 1989-1990 G (1410-1411 H) session. This pioneering group of one male and three female graduate students obtained the Master's degree in Prosthodontics in June 1993 (Dhulhajjah 1413).
 
The College has assumed the leadership role in formulating an appropriate approach to graduate dental training in the Kingdom. By designing a graduate study structure which combines a higher degree and a professional certificate of clinical proficiency, the College expects that those who avail themselves of the opportunity of the training will be able to work competently and efficiently wherever they elect to be, whether a Dental School, a Specialist or General Hospital, an Armed Forces Hospital, a Research Institute or private practice.
 
The College of Dentistry did not admit students every year since graduate education started. Nevertheless, at the end of 2012-2013 academic year, (152) females and (39) males had successfully undertaken their graduate dental education in nine dental specialties.
 
With the continuous admission of males and females into the current existing specialist training tracks, the College is reaffirming its commitment to providing both males and females the opportunity to acquire a superior graduate dental education within the Kingdom.