American Association of Oral Biologists
American Association of Oral Biologists
The discipline of oral biology deals with the structure, development, and functions of the oral tissues, their interrelationships, and their relation to other organ systems in both health and disease.
In many schools, much of this discipline is taught as part of the traditional basic health science courses of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, immunology, and pathology. Traditionally, this function has been performed by basic health science departments of medical schools. In other cases it is taught by basic health science departments, units, or individuals within dental schools. In still other schools, oral biology departments or divisions have been created with the primary responsibility for teaching this material as an entity distinct from and following, or coincident with, core courses in the above basic health sciences. The rationale for a distinct program in oral biology is to provide (1) a focus for the traditional basic health sciences, and (2) a base of oral biological knowledge upon which clinical subjects of the dental curriculum and dental practice can rest.
Because of the different ways in which oral biology has evolved, its position in the dental curriculum and the types of faculty responsible for its teaching will vary from school to school. Consequently, the educational guidelines presented here should be considered as applying to a core of material that may be taught as an entity or may be covered within the dental curriculum as part of several courses or programs.
American Association of Oral Biologists
c/o Dr. Salomon Amar
CABR Dept. of Periodontology Room W201C
Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Boston University
700 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Telephone: Fax: 617-638-8549
E-mail: samar@bu.edu
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