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University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Dental Medicine

University of Connecticut
Health Center
School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3915
(860) 679-2808
Dean: Dr. Peter J. Robinson


2003 Facts
• Publicly supported
• 54 full-time, 32 part-time clinical faculty members
• 120 students
• 35 graduates
• 28 days spent by senior dental students in community based settings

Community Partners:
• Community Health Centers
• Community Health Services, Inc.
• Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program
• State of Connecticut Department of Public Health
• State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
• The Connecticut Health Foundation
• The Connecticut Oral Health 2010 Initiative

Project Contact Information
Dr. Cynthia E. Hodge
Project Director
Pipeline, Profession & Practice:
Community-Based Dental Education
University of Connecticut
Health Center
School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Mail Code 3905, Room AG030
Farmington, CT 06030-3915
Tel (860) 679-4150
Fax (860) 679-1899

The School of Dental Medicine is the major provider of dental safety net services for low-income families in Connecticut. It accomplishes this through its predoctoral and pediatric programs, network of community clinics, and Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program.

Through the Pediatric Dentistry program, dental students, pediatric residents, fellows and faculty provide dental care to Medicaid eligible children in Connecticut. The school's AEGD residents provide comprehensive dental care to both children and adults at four community health centers.

Project Activities
Over the next four years, the School of Dental Medicine will:

  1. Increase the number of days students work in community clinics and private practices from 22 to 75.
  2. Develop new community partnerships for student and resident rotations with private practitioners who care for the underserved.
  3. Implement new community-based clinical tracks in Community Health Center - Comprehensive Care.
  4. Expand the current mentor program by appointing community health center dentists as program faculty and matching students to these mentors.
  5. Revise Years 3 and 4 curricula to include new/revised courses and modules in geriatric and special needs dentistry, public health care policy, culture and dental care, and community health center-based practice management.
  6. Develop a national symposium on the needs of the underserved for the Year 4 program.
  7. Develop a web-based module that will allow students at community sites to communicate with intramural faculty.
  8. Implement a minority scholarship program that reduces debt incurred during the undergraduate years.
  9. Identify, mentor and expose promising high school students to dentistry as a future career and guide them towards a combined BS/DMD degree.
  10. Provide post-baccalaureate training with an emphasis on the Dental Admissions Test, study-skills and the basic sciences.




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