Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Boston, MA dental school

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Tufts University
School of Dental Medicine
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MottoPax et Lux (Peace and Light)
TypePrivate
Established1868
DeanDr. Nadeem Karimbux
Students703
Location, ,
U.S.
CampusUrban
ColorsBrown, Blue    
Websitedental.tufts.edu

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is a private, American dental school located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, and is connected to Tufts Medical Center. It is one of the 8 graduate schools that comprise Tufts University. Founded in 1868 as Boston Dental College by Dr. Isaac J. Wetherbee, the university is the second oldest dental school in the city, and one of the oldest in the country.[1] As of 2013, Tufts is the second largest dental school in the United States, with a class size of approximately 190 students per class.[2]

As with many medical and dental schools, acceptance to Tufts Dental Medicine is highly competitive, with a single digit acceptance rate of approximately 4%, and 2% for international students.[2] Tufts Dental Medicine is world-renowned for its clinical training.

Tufts Dental Medicine, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University comprise the three schools of dental medicine in the Boston metropolitan area.

TUSDM educates both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students.[3] The majority of students pursue a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. In addition to the DMD degree, TUSDM offers combined DMD/MS (Master of Science in Dental Research) and DMD/MPH (Master of Public Health) degrees. Post-doctoral students, who have already obtained a DMD or DDS degree, can specialize in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, Periodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry, as well as certificate programs in Craniomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain, Advanced Dental Technology and Research Program, Implant Dentistry Fellowship, and Advanced Education in Esthetic Dentistry.[4]

In 2011, Dr. Huw F. Thomas, formerly Dean of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry was named the 16th Dean of TUSDM.[5] That same year, TUSDM was nationally recognized for leadership in teaching, research, community service, and diversity by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Gies Foundation with the 2011 William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Academic Dental Institution.[6]


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