To offer a more comprehensive curriculum in various dental topics, the dental school of the University of Groningen developed electives. This article gives an overview of the learning objectives of the different electives, the program and the way in which students are examined. Attention is also paid to some experiences of students and teachers with this kind of education. The electives seem to effectively prepare students for specific parts of dentistry, and they give an orientation on the scientific aspects of dentistry. Students and teachers are positive about the electives. The electives give good opportunities to the assessment of professional behavior.