Portland, Maine—The University of New England has opened the first dental school in Northern New England this month with five students from New Hampshire in the inaugural class.
As the school grows, the hope is that more and more New Hampshire students will get their training across the border, and return home to work in their communities throughout New Hampshire.
UNE College of Dental Medicine Dean James Koelbl said, “This dental school is the result of a public-private partnership. First and foremost, it is an educational institution where pioneering students will become ethical, caring and competent health care providers.
The University of New England is an innovative health sciences university grounded in the liberal arts, with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses and unique study abroad opportunities. UNE has internationally recognized scholars in the sciences, health, medicine and humanities, and offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.
“We will implement one of the most robust community education programs available anywhere with a focus in the fourth year on extensive clinical experience in a distributed, community-based clinical learning environment across northern New England ,” added Koelbl.
New Hampshire residents have some of the best access to dental care in the country, according to 2013 report from the Washington, DC-based Pew Charitable Trust called “In Search of Dental Care.” But, training and attracting new dental professionals is an ongoing effort, and the new school will directly benefit many of our North Country towns.
The New Hampshire Dental Society is the professional association of dentists in New Hampshire. The Society speaks for dentistry of the state level on legislative, regulatory and dental issues involving the public.www.NHDS.org