The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry is a worldwide leader in oral health education, clinical care and research that is patient-centered and evidence-based, with a foundation in preventive and public health sciences. We are a part of UI Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago’s largest university and is one of the nation’s top federally funded public research universities. Our strengths are founded in our college community, comprised of outstanding faculty, students and staff who share a commitment to the promise of public education, the advancement of knowledge, and the imperatives of doing good and giving back.
Our vision is to provide excellence in oral health education, research, and service, through improving the health and wellness of our communities, providing exemplary care for our patients, and advancing the knowledge to do so.
- To educate oral health professionals and scholars who excel in a complex, multicultural and technologically changing world;
- To discover and translate new knowledge at the boundaries of science, transforming oral health care practice, social systems and related technologies for the benefit of individuals, families and communities;
- To provide oral and health education & clinical services of the highest quality with an emphasis on enhancing health equity and social justice for individuals and communities;
- To prepare health professionals in addressing the challenges of access to care affecting underserved populations;
- To collaborate with our urban and rural community partners in mutually beneficial ways; and
- To advocate for public policies, perceptions, and practices that lead to inclusion of oral health as an integral part of the interprofessional emphasis on the health of the communities we serve.
OUR CORE VALUES
In addition to the University’s core values of knowledge, openness, access, excellence, collaboration and caring, The College of Dentistry has unique core values that include: professionalism, respect, transparency, responsibility, curiosity, flexibility, commitment and inclusion.
- Professionalism regarding the highest ethical principles in our research, teaching and helping those we serve.
- Respect regarding the highest level of mutual respect of the person between all members of our communities,
- Beneficence regarding the obligation for all college members to strive to do no harm, maximize benefit; minimize harm in a global, multicultural environment,
- Transparency regarding all aspects of how the College addresses the vision and missions,
- Responsibility regarding the most efficient and effective use of all human and related resources to fulfill our missions,
- Curiosity regarding novel educational, research, service ideas leading to new discoveries,
- Flexibility regarding how we achieve our aspirations through accountability of outcomes,
- Commitment regarding the highest ethical values in serving our students and communities,
- Inclusion regarding the role of diversity in engaging students, faculty and staff.
We are the largest oral health college and patient care provider in the State of Illinois offering outstanding education, research, and patient care. We continually invest in our clinical, research and learning facilities to improve student and patient experiences. We have an innovative, nationally recognized Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program led by world-class faculty and students who have achieved a 100% pass rate on the Part 1 and 2 ADA board exams. Our innovative curriculum integrates foundational and clinical learning through early access to patient care. Our state-of-the-art learning labs and patient care clinics offer a complete digital workflow, advanced imaging and digital diagnostic and care planning. Students gain valuable training experience while sharing in our commitment to public health and community engagement through extramural rotations in carefully selected community-based clinics throughout Chicago and northern Illinois. Students have the opportunity to learn and engage in general comprehensive training as well as advanced specialized training programs including Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics, with multidisciplinary oral science research foundations.
Our innovative and comprehensive academic programs, excellent students and faculty, strong research and community health focus, commitment to diversity, dedicated alumni & friends and location in a world-class city set us apart from other oral health colleges.
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Since 1913, UIC College of Dentistry has been a premier institution of oral health education, dental care and research. Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are changing the future of oral health in Chicago, Illinois and beyond in several ways.
- We are Illinois' largest dental school. We graduate more new dental professionals than any other institution in the State of IL ~125 DMD students and ~100 post-graduate students each year. We have over 430 students seeking dental degrees including DMD, PhD and MS programs. Almost all (96%) of our students are Illinois residents and roughly 75% go on to practice in IL, mostly in the Chicago metro area.
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- We are Illinois' largest provider of dental care. We see over 30 thousand patients in over 120 thousand visits annually. We have over 530 faculty, students and specialty program residents providing clinical care. We have 286 faculty and resident general and specialist dentists providing care, many of which are board certified.
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- Our students and faculty are top achievers. Our students have achieved a 100% pass rate on national board exams the past 3 years, and perform significantly higher than national average on the basic science and clinical science exams – top 20% and 8% respectively. Many of our 100 full-time and 121 part-time faculty have received national recognition for their expertise in the areas of general and specialty dentistry and the oral sciences. Forty-two (42) of our faculty are actively involved in research.
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- We are a top oral science research institution. UIC is a Carnegie level-1 research institution, and the College has a research portfolio of 42 full-time research faculty, 14 visiting researchers, 280+ faculty published papers, and $5M in current NIH/DOD funding, as well as other private funding. Over half of our faculty are engaged in scholarly and research publications. The College is one of only 15 out of 70 institutions with DMD/PhD or PhD training grants from the NIDCR.
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- We improve access to dental care where it is needed the most. UIC’s dental clinics treat over 56 thousand State of IL Dental Medicaid recipients each year. Almost all (92%) of the children treated are Medicaid eligible. Additionally, we extend access to care into communities of need -- UIC dental students serve over 3,750 days of extramural rotation in more than 11 thousand patient visits at 17 community sites in IL, plus other US and international locations-- each year. And, our students provide preventive education to over 2,200 elementary students each year in underserved Chicago neighborhoods.
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- We are committed to diversity and social justice. We are a community of students, staff, and faculty representing 20+ countries and 17 languages from 5 continents. Our values and culture reflect a wide variety of racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities – all contributing to our strength in diversity. We are committed to a culture of excellence grounded in principles of equity, respect, and inclusion. One in five of our students are under-represented, and many are first in their family to attend college.
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- We have highly engaged alumni and a community that supports our mission. We are proud to have the support of many of our 6,200 alumni as well as graduates from the Loyola and Northwestern University dental programs. In addition, we have created strong partnerships with many components of organized dentistry, corporations that impact the dental profession, professional associations, and foundations that practice and advocate on behalf of the dental profession and those in need of quality oral health care. From their generous support, the College has renovated clinic spaces, improved educational experiences, provided scholarship for students and faculty, and opened new research opportunities funded by over $40 million in private fund raising and gifts over the past ten years.
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