Friday, October 14, 2011

First New Dental School in 40 Years Opens in Illinois - College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University

The inaugural class of the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois began their studies this fall at Midwestern University.

For many years dental schools have been closing and now the growth of the dental industry has trended in the other direction.
Midwestern University welcomed 131 students to the inaugural class of the new College of Dental Medicine-Illinois. The class ranges in age from 21 to 37 years-old, is 63 percent male and 37 percent female, and hail from 27 different states and three foreign countries. They will graduate in 2015 and provide needed dental care to their communities.

According to the American Dental Association, a sizable proportion of the U.S. population has difficulty procuring needed or wanted oral healthcare. Midwestern’s College of Dental Medicine-Illinois is the first dental school to open in Illinois in the last 40 years and joins only two others in the state.

Midwestern students will begin their first two-years of study on the Downers Grove Campus and complete their clinical education at the new Midwestern University Clinic scheduled to open in 2013. At the clinic, community members will benefit from comprehensive, state-of-the-art dental care from Midwestern students under the close guidance of faculty mentors.

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