In this month’s letter, Dr. Rick Valachovic, Executive Director of the American Dental Education Association, considers the role new dental schools can play in promoting best educational practices.

Opportunities Abound for New Dental Schools. How Will We Seize Them?

Since I wrote to you about this topic a little over a year ago, most of our institutions have experienced some significant belt tightening in response to the economic downturn. Yet despite the difficulties facing higher education for the foreseeable future, the desire to create new dental schools remains strong. Five are in the planning stage, and two are well under way. One of these, Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California, welcomed its first class earlier this month, and the other, East Carolina University School of Dentistry, began recruiting faculty and staff this summer.

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