Roseman’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program the only one of its kind in Utah
South Jordan, UT – October 27, 2011 – Roseman University of Health Sciences, a private, non-profit, accredited institution, dedicated its new College of Dental Medicine in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 27 at 10 a.m. City and University officials, faculty, students and esteemed community members were in attendance.
Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, provided special remarks at the ceremony, and members of the College’s faculty and inaugural Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Class took guests on tours of the facility.
Roseman opened its South Jordan campus in 2006 with the College of Pharmacy and has continued to grow, adding a College of Nursing in January 2010 and breaking ground on the College of Dental Medicine in April of the same year. Prior to the University launching the new DMD program, any residents interested in pursuing dentistry could not complete their dental education in Utah. According to the American Dental Association’s The Economics of Dental Education, Utah has the highest number per capita of students who leave the state to pursue dental education. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s designates most Utah counties, particularly in rural areas, as having shortages of dental professionals. For these reasons, Roseman determined a College of Dental Medicine would benefit the students and residents of Utah.
The need for a DMD program was further substantiated in Utah and the intermountain region by the program’s first-year application numbers. A total of 1,220 students applied to attend, and were narrowed down to Roseman’s inaugural class of 64 students. Many of these students are from rural communities throughout the intermountain region, and approximately half are from Utah.
“The need for a dental school in Utah extends beyond offering local students the chance to attend a DMD program close to home,” said Dr. Richard Buchanan, Dean of Roseman University College of Dental Medicine. “Our patient clinic will also expand access to quality, affordable dental care for low-income and traditionally underserved populations in the state.”
The 64 students in the class of 2015 will be the first to attend classes in the new five-story 125,000 square foot facility. The first phase of the building, unveiled during the dedication, features a large classroom with the latest in multimedia technology, team breakout rooms, six imaging rooms, two wet labs, conference rooms, student and faculty lounges. Also part of the first phase is a patient clinic with 80 dental operatories that will initially be used to provide clinic simulation courses for first and second year students and subsequently to provide dental care to residents of the Salt Lake valley and surrounding areas. The clinic will provide emergency dental care beginning in January 2012, and will open for general dental care in 2013.
A second phase with additional classroom and lab facilities, as well as additional dental clinics, will open in coming years as the program expands. Once the clinic reaches full capacity, it will include 189 dental operatories where students, under the direct supervision of faculty who are licensed dentists, will treat 300-350 patients per day.
“Roseman University is an institution with an uncompromised commitment to providing an outstanding learning experience through its dynamic educational model and use of the latest technology in both classroom and clinical settings,” said Roseman president Dr. Harry Rosenberg. “Our high-quality faculty members are passionate about the fields they teach and our students consistently achieve professional success in their chosen career fields.”
The new facility, coupled with Roseman University’s approach to education, provides its students with a unique experience geared toward their success.