First new dental school in New York State in nearly 50 years to open fall 2016

Touro College of Dental Medicine will be located at its New York Medical College campus in Valhalla, New York.

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Touro College of Dental Medicine will be located at its
New York Medical College campus in Valhalla, New York

New York State’s first new dental school in nearly 50 years is set to open this fall, Alan Kadish, MD, president of Touro College and University System (TCUS) announced last week. Touro received final state approval and will establish the Touro College of Dental Medicine at its New York Medical College (NYMC) campus in Valhalla, New York.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College joins the Touro School of Health Sciences, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro College of Pharmacy, and New York Medical College in New York State. These institutions collectively graduate more than 2,000 health care professionals every year.

“As New York State’s first new dental school in nearly half a century and the only dental school in the Hudson Valley, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will fill a void in dental education and improve access to oral health care, particularly in underserved rural and urban communities throughout the region,” said Dr. Kadish. “The school will address the existing shortage of training options for dentists in New York State and create a pipeline for the next generation of dental professionals, while also seeing to the immediate needs of the community through its dental clinic. We look forward to welcoming our first class and the clinic’s first patients thereafter, and to further strengthening the regional health-care system for generations to come.”

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Goals and Opportunities

The school is intended to improve the oral health-care delivery network in New York State, where the population has grown by 4.5 million people since 1968 when the last school of dentistry opened.

“With dental care as the foothold of good overall health care, it is important that this area of professional health-care education continues to grow,” continued Dr. Kadish. “Fortunately, the dental school’s location on the New York Medical College campus will create invaluable opportunities for interdisciplinary training.”

With the goal of bolstering dental education and improving access to oral health care throughout New York’s Hudson Valley region and beyond, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will include a four-year pre-doctoral program for students, a continuing education program for practicing dentists, and a 132-chair community dental clinic focused on providing patients in underserved communities in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx with affordable and quality treatment.

In the school’s inaugural year, set to begin in the fall of 2016, anticipated enrollment is 110 students. When at full capacity, the school will include approximately 440 students and offer basic science coursework taught by the medical school faculty as well as state-of- the-art digital dental clinical capabilities.

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The Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will also conduct a range of research efforts including: research focused on reducing the cost of effective care; population outcomes-based research concentrated on interventions; and translational research that harnesses scientific discoveries to produce new devices and treatment options for patients.

“The dental school’s location within the NYMC campus gives the school and its students a competitive edge,” said Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, NYMC chancellor and CEO, and Touro College and University System provost for Biomedical Affairs. “Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will reap both the benefits of a new school, including state-of-the-art facilities and leading educational innovations, and those of an established institution, including NYMC’s expert faculty, long-standing and celebrated research program, and strong network of affiliated hospitals.”

Leadership

Touro has appointed Jay P. Goldsmith, DMD, as the founding dean of the dental school. Dr. Goldsmith was formerly a professor, program director, and deputy chief in NYMC’s Department of Dental Medicine. In addition to his experience in the academic world, Dr. Goldsmith is a leading dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon with more than 50 years of experience, a fellow of the American College of Dentists, and founding fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, as well as past president of the New York Academy of Dentistry.

“Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will enjoy the advantages of this extensive medical education network and enhanced interprofessional connections as they benefit from world-class faculty and facilities, as well as being part of an historic initiative in dental education,” said Dr. Goldsmith, dean of Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC

Edward F. Farkas, DDS, has been named senior associate dean for clinical affairs and chairman of dentistry. Dr. Farkas, a 1985 graduate of NYU, has been practicing general dentistry in New York City for over 30 years, and has been involved with the founding of the dental school from the outset.

“The mission of the TCDM at NYMC is to graduate outstanding dental professionals who will utilize a complex knowledge base and sophisticated perceptual skills and deliver excellent health-care service to their diverse communities with integrity, compassion, and empathy. The school is dedicated to conducting important educational and clinical research, while providing excellent dental health services to the public,” said Farkas.

Ronnie Myers, DDS, has been named senior associate dean for academic and administrative affairs. Previously he served as vice dean for administration at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Salomon Amar, DDS, PhD, has been named provost for biomedical research at TCUS, professor of molecular biology at NYMC, and professor of dentistry at TCDM.

“As one who has been involved in dental education for thirty-four years, I was moved by Touro’s charge to merge education with a compassionate approach to patient care and to view health-care delivery as a responsibility. I envision the development of an educational program that will arm our diverse student body with the tools necessary to provide primary care to those most at risk. To that end, developing a program from the ground up is an opportunity of a life time,” said Dr. Myers.

In addition to NYMC and the new dental school, Touro’s medical programs include three schools of osteopathic medicine with campuses in Harlem and Middletown, New York; Vallejo, California; and Henderson, Nevada, a school of pharmacy in New York, New York, and a school of health sciences with campuses in New York and Bay Shore, New York.

Source: Touro College press release 19 April 2016


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