2012-13 General Catalog
College of Dentistry
Executive associate dean
Associate dean, finance and facilities
Associate dean, patient care
Associate dean, research
Associate dean, student affairs
Graduate degrees: M.S.; Ph.D.
Web site: http://www.dentistry.uiowa.edu
The College of Dentistry is an integral part of The University of Iowa and its health sciences campus. Its mission, which embraces the University's academic values as well as the ethical responsibilities implicit in educating future members of a profession, rests on a foundation representing every aspect of collegiate activity: education of students as general practitioners and specialists; research into all aspects of oral and dental disease and the delivery of health care; and service to the community, the state, and the profession.
Faculty members, D.D.S. students, and dental specialty residents provide oral health care to patients at clinics in the Dental Science Building, the Center for Disabilities and Development, and dentistry clinics at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Faculty, staff, and students participate in interdisciplinary research and training activities involving the University's five health science colleges as well as other University colleges and departments.
Dentistry at The University of Iowa began in 1882 as a single department. In 1900 the University underwent general reorganization and the Dental Department became the College of Dentistry. Today the college is Iowa's only provider of dental education and ranks as a leader in dental education nationwide.
The college and its educational programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, an independent tripartite commission authorized and recognized by the Commission on Post-Secondary Education.
Programs offered by the college cover the full spectrum of dentistry and closely integrated fields. They include the Doctor of Dental Surgery program (D.D.S.), which prepares general dentists; advanced education programs in all dental specialties, each of which may lead to certification in a dental specialty; several advanced education programs in other areas of dentistry, including the oral science program, which offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees; post-D.D.S. residency programs in general dentistry and hospital-based dentistry; and a wide variety of continuing education programs for dental and allied professions.Back To Top
Professional Program (D.D.S.)
The Doctor of Dental Surgery program prepares students to practice general dentistry. It requires a minimum of three years of preprofessional study and four years of study in the College of Dentistry. See Doctor of Dental Surgery for a description of the program's curriculum and information about a joint bachelor's degree/D.D.S., the dentistry licensure examination, student organizations, expenses, admission, financial support, and academic rules and procedures.Back To Top
Graduate and Clinical Specialty Programs
Programs of study leading to a Master of Science in clinical specialty disciplines are offered by the Departments of Operative Dentistry and Orthodontics. The Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry offers a program leading to an M.S. in dental public health. In addition, the Departments of Endodontics and Prosthodontics offer programs leading to a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in oral science, and the Departments of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine and Periodontics offer programs leading to an M.S. in oral science. Admission to these graduate programs requires satisfaction of all requirements for admission to the Graduate College; the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree or its equivalent, or a bachelor's degree for dental hygienists applying to the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry; and departmental approval. For graduate program descriptions, see the appropriate College of Dentistry department sections of the Catalog.
Several departments also offer postgraduate programs designed as preparation for clinical specialty practice (Endodontics; Operative Dentistry; Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine; Orthodontics; Pediatric Dentistry; Periodontics; and Prosthodontics). Students who complete these programs satisfactorily are awarded a certificate. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a four-year residency program that culminates in a certificate.
For information about each graduate degree or certificate, see the College of Dentistry department sections of the Catalog.Back To Top
Iowa's dental faculty is predominantly full-time. In addition, more than 100 part-time adjunct faculty members assist with clinical teaching in the D.D.S. and advanced residency programs. Approximately 88 percent of the college's faculty members hold D.D.S. or D.M.D. degrees and 12 percent represent other disciplines. The vast majority of faculty dentists have advanced education past the D.D.S., generally with master's degrees in specialty areas; about one-fifth hold a Ph.D.
The College of Dentistry is committed to the principle that diversity is essential to a strong educational environment--one that prepares new generations of dentists to provide high-quality care to patients from many backgrounds. The college's full-time faculty reflects that commitment.Back To Top
The College of Dentistry is located in the Dental Science Building on the University of Iowa health sciences campus, in proximity to the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The Bowen Science Building and the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences also are nearby.
The south wing of the Dental Science Building is devoted to clinical teaching. There are 268 operatories in departmental clinics, student laboratories, clinical research space, and a cafeteria. The three clinical floors of the south wing are being remodeled in a sequenced four-year project that began in summer 2012. The north wing houses the simulation clinic and technique bench teaching laboratory, the electronic classroom, college administrative offices, educational media service, computer support services, the academic Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, and the research laboratories and faculty offices of the Dows Institute for Dental Research.
A 33,000-square-foot addition that opened in fall 2011 features an ADA-compliant entrance, two floors of patient treatment areas, and one floor of space for students. The clinical spaces include 46 dental operatories in the Geriatric and Special Needs Clinic, the Endodontic Clinic, and the Center for Clinical Excellence. Student areas include a classroom that accommodates 80 people, small-group study rooms, a seminar room, a student lounge, lockers, and showers.Back To Top
Dental Education and Patient Care
Patient care is integral to dental education. Students and faculty members deliver oral health care in clinics on the health sciences campus and at several off-campus sites, including nursing homes. More than 45,600 people receive oral health care yearly in the college's clinics. Patients from throughout Iowa as well as from western Illinois and northern Missouri account for most of the 167,300 patient visits each year.Back To Top
Dows Institute for Dental Research
Established in 1976, the Dows Institute for Dental Research occupies the fourth floor of the Dental Science Building's north wing. Laboratories are equipped to support a wide variety of research projects reflecting the complex nature of modern health care needs. Research at the institute is coordinated by the College of Dentistry. Focus areas include oral soft tissue and oral cancer; cariology and microbiology; epidemiology, behavior, health policy, and outcomes; and biomaterials, bone, and tissue engineering. Research also is carried out at the Office of Clinical Research.
Although research is concentrated in these program areas, one of the unit's strengths has been the consistent level of interaction and collaboration among individuals and programs across the college and the University.
Oral Craniofacial Clinical Research Center
For more than two decades, the Office of Clinical Research has offered outpatient research support for National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and related federally supported research grants. The office's Oral Craniofacial Clinical Research Center conducts protocol-based studies performed by faculty scientists and supported by oral health care industries. It also engages in translational research involving laboratory-to-clinical-research outcomes. The center is allied with the Carver College of Medicine's General Clinical Research Center and the University's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.
Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Implants
Through integrated research, education, and clinical programs, the Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Implants facilitates the development of implants and their use as a therapeutic modality in dentistry. The center integrates basic and clinical research with technology transfer to the clinical setting, enhancing predoctoral, postgraduate, and continuing education and expanding treatment options available to patients served by the college. The center also provides vital coordination of dental specialties that participate in this treatment modality.Back To Top
Most College of Dentistry courses are offered by the college's departments and programs. They are listed and described in the corresponding General Catalog sections; see the links under "Index: Academic Programs" on this page. The college also offers the following nondepartmental courses.
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