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 center in West Hartford
  • 5 operatory practice adjacent to the UConn main campus in Storrs
  • Two dedicated dental school classrooms (recently renovated in 2018)
  • Academic rotunda and more than thirty adjacent small group learning rooms
  • Dental preclinical simulation center and advanced digital simulation center
  • Dedicated in-house dental prosthetic arts center
  • Excellent 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
  • 1,778 D.M.D. alumni as of 2018
  • 1078 advanced training/specialty alumni as of 2018
  • Over 65% of School of Dental Medicine alumni live and practice in the tri-state areas (Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts)
  • Approximately 50% 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 is based on 21 competencies, not numerical requirements
  • 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
  • In 2017-2018
    • 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 Strengths

  • Broad spectrum of basic and clinical research areas including bone/cartilage/tooth development and regeneration, health behaviors and impact on systemic disease, health disparities, pain management, substance abuse, suicide prevention, periodontal disease, oral microbiome, oral-systemic connections, temporomandibular joint disease, diagnostic imaging, and oral side-effects of cancer therapies
  • Several recruitments to the Department of Biomedical Engineering over the past few years, with expertise including biomaterials, biomineralization, biotherapeutics, biosignal processing, systems biology, and micro- and nano-fluidics

Research Training

  • 38 years of continuous NIH-funding (T32/T90/R90) for graduate-level training programs
  • HRSA training grants for innovative combined programs
  • Long-standing reputation as a training ground for new dental faculty for U.S. and international schools
  • UConn School of Dental Medicine received the 2016 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution, in recognition of the Skeletal Biology and Regeneration training program

Research Funding

  • Over $9 million in extramural funding in FY2018 from the federal government, foundations, and industry
  • School ranks 9th of 48 U.S. dental schools that received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (FY2017 rankings from Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, based on NIH data)
  • School ranks 16th of 47 U.S. dental institutions that received funding specifically from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR, part of NIH, FY2017 rankings)

Research Facilities

  • Laboratory research facilities have been completely renovated in the last few years
  • Dedicated Dental Clinical Research Center
  • Access to a wide range of Core facilities that support laboratory and clinical research

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: 138
  • Budget: $46 Million