DDS is instituting a special program specifically for those preparing for the Bench Test at SUNY Buffalo. This exam is given on November 23rd this year and is very comprehensive. They have recently dramatically increased the size of their program and will be aiming to accept many more international dentists as students, but the competition will increase dramatically as well.
The practical exam at SUNY Buffalo consists of many parts, including preparations, restorations, both with amalgam and composite, full ceramic crowns, a fixed partial denture part, and an RPD design part, including surveying a cast. While these procedures form parts of a variety of our programs, they are being combined in the SUNY Buffalo program to make the preparation as efficient and specific as possible for the skill-set tested there.
The examination will be carried out on a Kilgore typodont. This typodont requires much more control than does the Columbia typodont used at many other schools. While the strategy of the preparation procedure is going to be the same, the consequences of a small mistake can be more dramatic. In our program, we will practice strictly with the Kilgore typodonts, and Dr. Duggan will make it very clear what particular characteristics of this typodont must be taken into account that are not at all obvious to the newcomers.
This program is still offered as a nine-day course, as with our general Fundamental Restorative Technique program, and is offered at the same price, $3200. It will not include the 3/4 crown or the MOD gold onlay, but the restorations part will be very comprehensive and should allow each student to do far better than previous performance and be in an excellent competitive position.
I was a chemist for 25 years before entering the field of dentistry. I studied chemistry at Brown University, the University of Illinois, and the California Institute of Technology, and taught as a professor at the University of California, Irvine. The nature of dental materials has always been a major interest of mine due to this background.
When I completed dental school at Loma Linda University I joined the faculty full-time and did preclinical and clinical teaching for eight years. I conducted the largest study of amalgam "toxicity" ever carried out.
Soon after starting my faculty position dentists started coming to me for help with the California Clinical Examination and the California Restorative "bench" Examination. This started a series of courses offered at Loma Linda, and off campus, that has extended into a seventeen-year career helping over 3500 dentists, mostly foreign-trained originally.
The DSI Point-of-View camera was developed specifically to help teach more effectively in the extensive hands-on courses that I teach - and this system of teaching is starting to find its way into the university setting.