Message from the Dean
This is an exciting time in the life of our school, as we launch a new strategic plan in 2017. Developed with the input of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, this roadmap will direct our future with the start of the next D1 class this summer.
Educational excellence is foundational within our plan, and includes curricular revamps with the integration of more advanced dental digital technologies. Students also will learn to better serve our patients by delivering personalized dentistry within a comprehensive care model. Patient-centered care is our highest pursuit and will become the hallmark of our school.
Expanding our existing research enterprise, building on the national recognition of our researchers, and developing new areas of expertise also are central to our growth. The strategic plan underscores the need to increase scholarship and research activities in the clinical departments, and foster more collaboration between basic and clinical sciences.
Finally, the School of Dentistry plans to strategically grow our community engagement with public and private entities who have a mutual mission in the promotion of oral health, oral health equity and social justice. In partnership with the community, we also hope to better engage in research and teaching through the work with our partners.
As 2017 begins, we look forward to the energy of a new year, and we hope it will be your resolution to join us on this journey of excellence.