Fast Facts

School of Dental Medicine Facilities

  • Onsite: 130 dental treatment rooms
  • Offsite:
    • Two eight-chair clinics for pediatric dentistry
    • One twelve-chair clinic for comprehensive dentisty
  • Two shared classrooms with the medical school (recently renovated)
  • Two tiered dental school classrooms (recently renovated)
  • Preclinical facilities and prosthodontics laboratory (renovated in 2010)
  • Regional biomedical library (recently renovated) with extensive electronic resources
  • Excellent student work and study areas, including a new dental student work suite (renovated in 2013)
  • State-of-the-art teaching technology and support

School of Dental Medicine Alumni

  • First D.M.D. class graduated in 1972
  • 1,567 D.M.D. alumni as of 2013
  • 8 accredited advanced training/specialty programs
  • 940 advanced training/specialty alumni as of 2013
  • Over 65% of School of Dental Medicine alumni live and practice in the tri-state area (Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts)
  • Approximately 50% of practicing dentists in Connecticut are UConn School of Dental Medicine-affiliated

Instruction, Curriculum and Student Outcomes

  • Student grading is pass/fail
  • Student to faculty ratio is approximately 3.30 compared to 4.77 nationally
  • Student evaluation is based on 32 competencies, not numerical requirements
  • Dental and medical students participate in a common Basic Medical Science curriculum (combined classes/labs):
    • 6,400 instructional hours - the highest number of total instructional hours of all dental schools
    • 2,100 basic science hours - the highest number of basic science hours of all dental schools; 2.4 times the national average
    • In top third of all U.S. dental schools for clinical science hours
  • Clinical curriculum:
    • Students assigned about 50 comprehensive care patients
    • Students complete about 900 patient visits
    • More than 20% of clinical experiences are extra-mural at offsite community clinics
  • National Board results consistently in top quintile nationally
  • 95% of D.M.D. graduates pursue advanced education opportunities, compared to about 45% nationally
  • Majority of students enter top choice of post-graduate residency programs

Patient Care and Service

  • Largest provider of dental care to the underserved in the state of Connecticut. In 2012-13:
    • 142,000 total patient visits
    • 95,000 patient visits at the Farmington campus clinics
    • 47,000 patient visits at affiliated sites
    • 18,000 visits for children under 18 years of age; largest single provider of dental services to Medicaid-covered children in Connecticut
    • 68% of those served on public assistance
    • Largest provider of emergency dental services to adult Medicaid clients in Connecticut

Outreach

  • Externships and Missions:
    • Local/Regional: South Park Inn Clinic, Migrant Farm Workers, Special Olympics/Special Smiles, CSDA Mission of Mercy, Hartford Health Education, Give Kids a Smile
    • National: Community Health Centers in Montana
    • International: Chile, Paraguay, Belize

Research

  • 20 years of NIH funding for graduate-level (T-32) training programs
  • Reputation as training ground for new dental faculty for U.S. and international schools
  • As of 2008, 35 alumni in major academic and industry positions (deans, research directors, etc.) internationally
  • Broad spectrum of research areas including regenerative medicine, bone/cartilage/tooth development and regeneration, oral cancer, human behavior, health promotion, community health
  • In 2009-2010, $7.4 million in sponsored grant support
  • In top quintile of schools nationally for funded research, based on faculty/student body size
  • New Dental Clinical Research Center to open 2010
  • Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry opened August 2008
  • Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development awarded largest single grant from the Connecticut Stem Cell Initiative in 2007-2008. Research to trigger stem cells to repair bone, cartilage and skeletal tissues of the face and dentition.
  • In 2007-2008, major Department of Defense grant to investigate new methods to repair massive skeletal injuries

Special Programs

  • Summer research programs (some with stipends) for D.M.D. students
  • Combined D.M.D./Ph.D. program
  • Master in Public Health
  • Master in Clinical and Translational Research

Partners in Education and Service

  • Affiliated with 17 community clinics where UConn students, residents and faculty provide dental care and learn as a care team
  • Partners with the Connecticut State Dental Association in a Joint Continuing Education series and in various community projects (i.e., Mission of Mercy)
  • Exploring new ways to assist Connecticut dentists and other dental workforce members with their lifelong educational needs

Economic Impact

  • Faculty: 70 full-time; 31 part-time (84 funded FTE positions)
  • Staff: 110
  • Budget: $35 Million
  • Estimated Primary Economic Impact: $109 Million
  • Secondary Economic Impact: $339 Million