Five new dental schools to open in the U.S.
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Here’s a look at five new dental education programs—three opening this fall, one slated for 2012 and one for 2013.

• East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine (Greenville, N.C.)

    A component member of the University of North Carolina System. On Aug. 15, the School of Dental Medicine launched its orientation week, welcoming its first class of 52 students. ECU, American Dental Education Association and North Carolina Dental Society officials were on hand to mark the occasion.

• Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine (Bradenton, Fla.)

    In January, LECOM named Dr. Robert F. Hirsch dean of its School of Dental Medicine, which has initial accreditation and is scheduled to open in 2012 with a class of 100 students. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Hirsch has held faculty and administrative positions at Case, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, and a private practice in Erie, Pa.

• Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine (Downers Grove, Ill.)

    Midwestern University CODM becomes the third dental school in Illinois, joining the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in downstate Alton. Dr. Lex MacNeil is its dean.
    The private, not-for-profit institution aims to graduate about 125 students a year. Midwestern Illinois has hired its complete complement of faculty for the first year and will hire incrementally for subsequent years, as well as recruit dentists from the community to serve as clinical instructors.

• University of New England College of Dental Medicine (Portland, Maine)

    The University of New England has a founding dean for its College of Dental Medicine—Dr. James J. Koelbl, a past chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation and founding dean of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, Calif., which opened in 2009.
    The College of Dental Medicine submitted its application for initial accreditation and has announced a start date of 2013. “We continue to focus on curriculum development; faculty and staff hiring plans; construction simulation and clinical facilities; and student recruitment and fundraising,” said Dr. Koelbl.

• Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine (South Jordan, Utah)

    In 2007, the University of Southern Nevada began exploring the feasibility of starting the first predoctoral dental education program in Utah. In July of this year, the school changed the name of its campus in the suburbs of Salt Lake City to the Roseman University of Health Sciences CODM.
    Dr. Richard Buchanan is the college’s founding dean, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation granted the dental school initial accreditation in August. The first cohort of 64 students began classes Aug. 15.

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