This chapter highlights teaching practices that are unique to the Faculty, which come in addition to regular university procedures that can be found under the section "Procedures for teaching and study".
General Policies and procedures define the course of study, examination procedures and the transition from year to year for the degree:
Graduate Medical Sciences- "B.Med.Sc."
Doctor of Dental Medicine- "D.M.D”
Dentistry studies are given in the form of lectures, independent study, laboratory work, seminars, group talks, exercises and teaching in the clinic (at the dental chair / bedside). In addition, the student will acquire clinical knowledge while treating the patients under the supervision of faculty members in the clinic, hospital and community.
Each academic course (consisting of lectures, seminars and / or practical work in the laboratory or dental clinic) must meet the approval of the Academic Committee.
Exemption from coursework:
- Students who studied parallel academic studies in an accredited institution, other than the Hebrew University may apply/appeal for an exemption from courses, provided they received a grade of 75 or higher in each course appealed. The grade from an exempt course shall not be considered for weighting grades or for any other purpose (scholarships, etc.).
- Students who studied parallel courses as part of a different department at the Hebrew University may apply for exemption from that course, provided they received a minimum grade of 65 in each course. The courses will be fully included as part of the weighted grade average, provided that the student did not receive a degree he was awarded for these studies. Participation in advanced year's courses of these students will only be permitted with special authorization.
- Students who studied at the Hebrew University, Department of Medical Sciences, may apply for an exemption from courses in which they have received a score of 65 and above, provided the average of all the courses in which they seek an exemption be 75 or above (in each year ).
A student who will not provide the required approval will not be able to continue to his or her sophomore year. The certificates should be submitted on the appropriate form available at the student's secretariat.
Obligation of participation in school/studies
- Students studying their freshmen year of Pre – Medical / Clinical studies at the Faculty of Sciences, Science Faculty regulations apply. In terms of transition to sophomore year, policies of the Faculty of Dental Medicine apply.
- Pre clinical studies take place at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dental Medicine. Clinical studies are held at the Faculty of Dentistry at the Ein Kerem Medical Center or at locations to be determined by the faculty.
- Participation of students in classes, exercises, seminars, clinical teaching and teaching laboratories are mandatory. Failure to meet these standards will disqualify the student the right to take the exam of the course. Students who are absent from the classes for justified reasons (reserve duty, illness, bereavement, pregnancy, childbirth) must make up the missed material, unless the course coordinator feels convinced that the student made up the material missed. Completion of missed material will be done in a way that will not conflict with the student's continuous course work. A student, whose absence was found to not be justified, will be brought before the pedagogical committee which will recommend to the dean whether to; force the student to make up the missed materiel, repeat the course or the school year, or discontinue his studies.
- Tests, summary discussions, colloquy are considered an integral part of the syllabus.
1. Departments, responsible for teaching specific courses, will assess the student's accomplishments and determine the grade by examination at the end of the course, and / or according to other criteria such as; an assessment of the achievements in the laboratory or clinical work, application of theoretical knowledge within the clinical work, submitting exercises and seminars, colloquy and summary meetings, and will notify the student's secretariat.
The method of grade assessment and composition will be presented to the student by the department responsible for the course at the beginning of the curriculum.
2. Exam form:
Exams can be written and / or oral or computerized. The departments in charge of teaching the course, are responsible for explaining to the students the layout and character of the test at the beginning of the course.
3. Examinations Schedule:
Examinations will be held on dates that will not interfere with routine studies. Final course exams will be held on two specific dates: a standard exam date and an additional exam date. In general, students are encouraged to take the exams at the first date. If the student could not take the exam at the first date due to personal constraints he or she will be allowed to take the exam at the second date.
4. Additional exam date:
Additional exam date will take place after the standard exam date, for the most part during the annual holiday and will be coordinated by the student secretariat. This exam date is intended for students who did not take the exam at its normal time, students who failed the regular time, or students seeking to improve their grade. Students seeking to improve their grade are obligated to register for the exam no less than three business days before the test at the student's secretariat.
Students, who have failed the first exam or did not take it, are exempt from registering for the exam. The grade given for the second exam will be the final grade for the course.
Requests for a special exam date will only be accepted based on the official academic practice and procedures protocol as quoted below:
"Authorization/ allowance to be examined twice a year is not an automatic right, so even though the student that takes the first exam is permitted to be examined again at B (and then the last score is final), a student who is unable to take the exam at time A and took the test at time B, or took the test at time A and could not take the test at time B, is not entitled to have a special exam date.
However, those entitled to a special date; entitlements for a special date are:
A. students who did not take the exam either at time A or time B because of active military reserve duty, or those who served in reserve duty for 21 consecutive days during the semester before the exam.
B. A student who did not take the exam at the time A or time B, presenting a medical certificate attesting that; she could not come to the test due to a problem that arose during pregnancy or due to fertility treatments
In addition, the student is entitled to a special exam date if she gave birth no more than six weeks prior to the exam or rather due to an abortion up to two weeks before the exam. "
Students are required to apply for a special examination date no later than a week after the publication of exam grades , along with any official documents necessary, to the faculty of dentistry Secretariat, (this applies both for courses of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Natural Sciences).
Acceptance for advanced years
Students that were accepted directly into junior or senior classes based on previous studies will be eligible to receive a graduate degree in medical science only if they completed two thirds of the number of credits required for the degree as part of their studies (.B.Med.Sc) at the Hebrew University. Students who have not completed two thirds of the credits required for a B.Med.Sc. , will not be eligible for a Bachelor’s degree, their studies will only be recognized/accredited as earned credits/supplemental studies towards acceptance to the clinical years.
Whether a student receives a graduate degree or not – he must receive a final average score of no less than 75, to be allowed to continue to their clinical studies.
Criteria for passing from year to year as part of studies for a Bachelor degree in Medical science (B.Med.Sc.)
- A student's transition from year to year will be approved only if he received no less than a 65 in each course and his annual weighted average is no less than a 75.
- A student who failed to meet these standards will be automatically blocked from the computer internet course registry, and will not be given the possibility to register for the following years courses.
- The faculty holds the right to approve courses in which the required passing grade is higher than a 65.
- A student who fails to obtained the required annual weighted average (75 or higher), his matter will be brought before the pedagogical committee, which will recommend to the dean whether to require the student to repeat the school year or discontinue his studies.
- A student who got a grade lower than a 65 on both exams –in only one subject /course and his weighted annual average is at least an 85, his matter will be brought before the pedagogical committee, which will discuss the case and submit its recommendation to the dean.
- A student who got a grade lower than a 65 on both exams –in more than one subject /course and his weighted annual average is at least an 80, his matter will be brought before the pedagogical committee, which will recommend to the dean whether to require the student to repeat the school year or discontinue his studies.
- A student repeating a school year must participate in all courses that his final grade is lower than an 80. If the curriculum of the year it is changed, he will be obligated to follow the new curriculum for that year.
- The Dean of the Faculty may permit a student to repeat an academic year only once throughout his studies towards a Bachelor’s degree.
Students that fulfilled their requirements for graduate studies (including a seminar paper), with a final weighted average of no less than a 65, will awarded the title/degree “Bachelor of Medical Sciences” (B.Med.Sc).
Terms of yearly transfer/advancement for the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
- The student must achieve a final average of an 80 or above in his Bachelor’s degree to continue on and study towards the degree “Doctor of Dental Medicine” (DMD) In the future a manual dexterity test may be necessary to continue studies towards the degree Doctor of Dental Medicine
- Students who have completed bachelor graduate studies with a weighted average score between a 75 and 80 their case will be brought to the Pedagogical Committee which will submit its recommendations to the dean, whether to allow the student to continue his clinical studies on probation, or to terminate his studies within the faculty.
Criteria for clinical inter year (4, 5, and 6) advancement for the degree Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Clinical departments will provide each student with a single grade consisting of a grade on the theoretical aspect of the course and a clinical grade. The minimal passing grade of each component will be at least a 65 as is the final grade this applies to all courses. The relative weight of each component in the final score will be determined by the overseeing department and published in advance.
- The final grade in each year of studies in each subject will be calculated on the basis of; the final exam or exams and seminars to be held that year, the clinical grade and other criteria determined by the department and published in advance.
- The clinical grade in each subject will be based on the student's clinical ability and professional conduct. Clinical ability will be assessed based on the quality of clinical care and the number of procedures performed. Quality of care and the number of procedures performed will make up 70% of the grade (provided the student carried out the minimal number of procedures required for passing the course). Professional conduct will make up 30% of the clinical grade.
- The student's transition from year to year will be approved only if he received a grade of 65 or higher in each of that years courses, and if his annual weighted average is 70 or higher.
- A student who has not obtained the required annual weighted average, his matter will be brought before the pedagogical committee for discussion, and they will submit their recommendations to the Dean.
- A student who received a grade less than 65 – in only one course, and his annual weighted average is 70 and over, his matter will be brought before the pedagogical committee for discussion and they will submit their recommendations to the Dean.
- A student who received a grade lower than 65 –in two courses his matter will be brought before the pedagogical committee for discussion and they will submit their recommendations to the Dean whether to allow him to repeat the school year or discontinue his studies.
Consolidation of clinical requirements in the junior and senior years
The clinical studies (4th, 5th, 6th years) are one clinical division and at the end of the final year the student will receive one final grade in each of the clinical courses based on the proportional weight of that course in any given year, as was published ahead of time by the overseeing departments and approved by the Scholastic Committee.
- The first date to reach the clinical requirements will be at the end of the academic year (usually late June early July) and the second date will be set a month after the end of the first dates.
- Summer clinics in July and August are to be used for patient follow up and for new patient intakes as a preparation for the following year. The summer clinics are considered part of the senior year's requirements. Each department must inform the Junior students as to what the requirements for passing into the senior year are.
Repetition of an academic year during Clinical studies
- A student repeating an academic year for any reason must be tested in all clinical and theoretical courses. If the student attained an 85 or higher in the theoretical section of a course he may submit a request for exemption from that part of the exam.
- The Dean may allow a student, to repeat the school year only once during his studies (years 4, 5, 6) for the degree Doctor of Dental Medicine.
- A student that got the approval of the pedagogical committee to continue his studies under special circumstances and failed to meet them, his matter will be brought once again for discussion before the pedagogical committee which will discuss the matter and present their recommendations to the Dean.
Exams and clinical tasks
In addition to the scheduled exams released earlier in the year as part of the curriculum, each department will be entitled to add quizzes and / or clinical duties to the curriculum.
The purpose of t he quiz is to evaluate the student's knowledge in a specific area. It shall be short, and no longer than 30 minutes long. The quiz will be given within that courses normal teaching hours. A student failed the quiz, shall retake the quiz. Quiz scores will be added to the final grade in that course. The exact weight of each quiz in the final average shall be released ahead of time.
A clinical task is intended to examine the student's clinical ability, particularly before he is given permission to treat patients. If the student didn't exhibit adequate clinical proficiency during the task, he shall given subsequent trials until he demonstrates adequate clinical proficiency that will allow treatment of patients.
If the student fails to demonstrate adequate clinical proficiency after more than 2 attempts, his matter will be brought before the Head of the department and he will instruct the pedagogical committee how to proceed.
Participation in Conferences
In each clinical year (4, 5, and 6) students will participate in 2 mandatory dental conferences sponsored by the Israeli Dental Association, and one elective conference. A list of conferences will be published in advance by the Secretariat.
Theoretical studies typically end in June.
During July-August summer clinics are held and 5th year students have rotations.
Termination of studies in exceptional cases
- A Bachelor's student (B.Med.Sc) may request a leave of absence for the benefit of studies in another department in the university or academic institution. If the student is studying for a Masters or Ph.D the Dean may grant him up to 3 years absence before he starts his clinical tract.
- A Bachelor's (B.Med.Sc) student may request a leave of absence of no more than 2 years from his studies for health, familial or other various reasons. He must submit a written letter to the dean explaining the grounds for his request. He may return only at the beginning of an academic year (not within), and only after he has submitted a written request to the secretariat stating his intention to return.
- A student throughout the clinical years, who seeks a leave of absence, for the reasons stated in Section 2 above, must submit a written request explaining his matter to the Dean. Leaves of absence will be granted during clinical years only under extenuating/exceptional circumstances, and under the condition that the student meets the "Refresher requirements"(Appendix 1) as set by the various Department Heads. A student who fails to meet the requirements will not be allowed to return to school.
Students must follow the disciplinary guidelines as set forth in the "Disciplinary Regulations for University Students"
Thesis policies approved by the Faculty Council are part of this regulation handbook (Appendix 2)
Eligibility for receiving the Degree Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
A student who successfully finished his final exams at the end of the senior year and clinical requirements will be allowed to take the Government licensing exams in dentistry. After completing his thesis and all other requirements the student will be eligible to receive the degree Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).