Dentistry to expand enrollmentOn Aug. 9th, the Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA) formally approved the UDM School of Dentistry’s plans to expand the dental class size from 96 to up to 160 dental students. The School has accepted a total of 144 highly qualified students for the 2012 fall term.
With this new class, the School will be implementing a revised curricular structure of two cohorts of students. Most courses will be taught in sections of 72 students or less, allowing the students to enjoy a “small class” classroom and simulation lab experience, while retaining or improving faculty to student ratios in the simulation lab and clinic. This model will also allow for the most efficient use of the existing physical resources of the Corktown Campus.
“This plan allows the School to provide an applicant pool of highly qualified candidates the opportunity to receive a dental education based in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, while improving access to care in our local urban area of need,” said Mert Aksu, dean of the UDM School of Dentistry. “As the new cohort matriculates through the curriculum, access to care for our local community will improve through increased clinic capacity and expanded clinic hours.”