Fast Facts

School of Dental Medicine Facilities

  • Newly expanded and renovated Dental Care Center on the UConn Health campus in Farmington with 174 treatment rooms and a dedicated imaging suite
  • 12 operatory pediatric dentistry clinic in West Hartford
  • 5 operatory practice adjacent to the UConn main campus in Storrs
  • Academic rotunda and more than thirty adjacent small group learning rooms
  • Dental preclinical simulation center and advanced digital simulation center
  • In-house dental prosthetic arts laboratory
  • Dedicated student work and study areas, including a new dental student work suite
  • State-of-the-art teaching technology and support, including regional biomedical library with extensive electronic resources

School of Dental Medicine Alumni

  • First D.M.D. class graduated in 1972
  • 1,746 D.M.D. alumni
  • 1078 advanced training/specialty alumni
  • Over 65% of School of Dental Medicine alumni live and practice in the tri-state area (Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts)
  • Approximately half of practicing dentists in Connecticut are UConn School of Dental Medicine alumni

Instruction, Curriculum and Student Outcomes

  • Comprehensive educational experience that integrates biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences
  • Educational program uses a pass/fail grading system with no class rank
  • Student to faculty ratio is approximately 3.26 compared to 4.77 nationally
  • Student evaluation based on 21 competencies
  • Dental students participate in a shared biomedical sciences curriculum with students in the School of Medicine
  • Approximately 6400 instructional hours, one of the highest number of total instructional hours of all dental schools
    • Approximately 1600 biomedical sciences hours - more than twice the national average
    • Approximately  1850 dental foundational science hours  basic science hours
    • Approximately 2950 dental clinical science hours
  • Clinical curriculum:
    • Students complete an average of 55 comprehensive care cases
    • Students complete more than 1000 patient visits
  • National Board results consistently in top quintile nationally
  • More than 95% of D.M.D. graduates pursue advanced education, compared to about 45% nationally
  • Majority of students enter top choice of post-graduate residency programs
  • Eight accredited advanced training and specialty programs

Patient Care and Service

  • Largest provider of dental care to the underserved in the State of Connecticut.
  • Largest provider of emergency dental services in Connecticut
  • Largest provider of services to patients with acquired and developmental disabilities
  • Approximately 90,000 patient visits at the Farmington campus
  • Approximately 45,000 patient visits at affiliated sites
  • Largest single provider of dental services to Medicaid-covered children in CT

Outreach

  • Affiliated with 17 community sites where UConn students, residents and faculty provide dental care and learn as a care team
  • Extensive commitment to service and volunteerism
    • South Park Inn Clinic, Migrant Farm Workers, Special Olympics/Special Smiles, CT Mission of Mercy
    • International and domestic service trips providing oral health care to underserved communities

Research

  • Research-intensive school with over $10M in extramural research funding per year
  • Ranked #8 of all US dental schools based on total NIH funding for NIH FY2020 (rankings from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, based on NIH data).
  • A broad spectrum of research activity and funding including laboratory and clinical research
  • Recently renovated laboratory facilities; dedicated Dental Clinical Research Center
  • Access to a wide range of core facilities that support research
  • Robust research training opportunities supported by long-standing NIH training grants

Special Programs

  • Combined D.M.D./Ph.D. program
  • Combined programs in Master of Public Health, Masters in Clinical and Translational Research, and Masters of Business Administration
  • Extensive student research opportunities

Economic Impact

  • Faculty: 77 full-time; 30 part-time (92 funded FTE positions)
  • Staff: ~140
  • Budget: $46 Million