A core curriculum in the biological and biomedical sciences for dentistry

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  • J.h. Bennett
  • J.a. Beeley
  • L. Belfield
  • H. Brand
  • A. Didilescu
  • D. Dymock
  • Y. Guven
  • M.p. Hector
  • P. Holbrook
  • J.a.p. Jayashinge
  • J. O'sullivan
  • M. Riggio
  • V. Roger‐leroi
  • A.j. Sloan
  • K.vandamme
  • M.c. Manzanares

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  • University of Plymouth
  • British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
  • Queen Mary and Westfield University of London
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Colentina University Hospital, Medicine University "Carol Davila", Bucharest, Romania.
  • Bristol Eye Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol
  • Instanbul University Istanbul Turkey
  • University of Dundee
  • Science institute; University of Iceland; Reykjavik IS-104 Iceland
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University College Dublin
  • Universite de Clermont‐Ferrand France
  • Cardiff University and Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, UK.
  • Department of Chemistry, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
  • ADEE Liaison University of Barcelona Barcelona Spain


Introduction: The biomedical sciences (BMS) are a central part of the dental curriculum that underpins teaching and clinical practice in all areas of dentistry. Although some specialist groups have proposed curricula in their particular topic areas, there is currently no overarching view of what should be included in a BMS curriculum for undergraduate dental programmes. To address this, the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) convened a Special Interest Group (SIG) with representatives from across Europe to develop a consensus BMS curriculum for dental programmes. Curriculum: This paper summarises the outcome of the deliberations of this SIG and details a consensus view from the SIG of what a BMS curriculum should include. Conclusions: Given the broad nature of BMS applied to dentistry, this curriculum framework is advisory and seeks to provide programme planners with an indicative list of topics which can be mapped to specific learning objectives within their own curricula. As dentistry becomes increasingly specialised, these will change, or some elements of the undergraduate curriculum may move to the post-graduate setting. So, this document should be seen as a beginning and it will need regular review as BMS curricula in dentistry evolve.


Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Early online date20 Feb 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Feb 2020


  • biomedical science, curriculum, dentistry, undergraduate

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