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URMC's Dentistry Residency Programs at Eastman Dental Center Receive Full Accreditation

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Eastman Department of Dentistry’s advanced education programs at Eastman Dental Center (EDC) received full accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  The Commission is the body that accredits all USA dental education programs and is recognized by the United States Department of Education. 

An evaluation of the advanced dental education programs in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and advanced education in general dentistry sponsored by the University of Rochester Medical Center was conducted on May 12-13, 2004 by a CODA committee.   The visiting committee focused on a number of areas including institutional commitment and program effectiveness, the program director and teaching staff, the curriculum and program duration, and the quality and quantity of resident research.                     

At its meeting in January 2005, CODA considered the visiting committee’s reports on the postdoctoral programs at EDC.  The programs were granted the accreditation status of “approval without any reporting requirements” and there were a number of commendations.

“It is significant that we received full approval from CODA and there were no citations,” said Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, professor and chair of the Department of Dentistry and director of Eastman Center.  “It’s most unusual that all elements in five programs are approved and it reflects the hard work of the program directors, faculty, residents, and staff.  The Eastman site is scheduled for its next site visit in 2011 and we look forward to continued excellence in all our programs.”  He added, “We are also pleased at the ongoing full accreditation of the oral and maxillofacial surgery and the general practice residency programs at the Strong Memorial Hospital Site.”

 Among the commendations from CODA were the following:

The visiting committee to the Orthodontic Program “noted that the quality and quantity of the residents’ research meets or exceeds the level of a masters degree program at other institutions.”

The Pediatric Dentistry Program “incorporated an outstanding clinical outreach program in community dentistry at School 17 as part of their extramural experience.  In additional to providing the residents outstanding experiences in community dentistry, the outreach program also provides a necessary service to the community.”

The Periodontic Program “documents 100% board eligibility or board certification of recent graduates from 1997-2003 with the majority being fully certified.  The program was commended for its strong preparation and uniform encouragement of graduates to seek and complete the board certification process.”

The newly renovated Prosthodontic Program dental laboratory “provides excellent space for the projected number of residents.  The institution is commended for providing the necessary facilities and resources to ensure an outstanding educational environment.”

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program “provides the largest number of patient visits per year with 83,865 at the Dental Center, 18,487 at the Community Dentistry satellite clinics, 1,270 visits at the Monroe Community Hospital Developmental Disabled Clinic, 500 visits at the Jewish Home in Rochester.”

Dental education accreditation, initiated in the early 1900s, is conducted today by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which operates under the auspices of the American Dental Association. It is a peer review mechanism that includes the involvement of members of the discipline, the broad educational community, employers, practitioners, the dental licensing community and public members. All of these groups participate in a process designed to ensure educational quality.

CODA’s mission is to serve the public by establishing, maintaining and applying standards that ensure the quality and continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of dentistry. The scope of the commission encompasses dental, advanced dental, and allied dental education programs.

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