A cultural shift in IT is transforming dentistry at VCU

VCU School of Dentistry is at the forefront of a technological revolution in oral health. Brian Canaday, Mike Talley and Brent Idleman tell us more.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry was founded in 1893 in Richmond, Virginia. Its mission is to educate tomorrow’s oral health leaders in a community of service and inclusion by utilising emerging technologies and innovative research to provide comprehensive oral health care for all. As the only dental school in the state of Virginia, it plays a vital role in preserving and improving the oral and general health communities throughout the state. It incorporates state-of-the-art technologies to provide a unique, hands-on educational experience to students in dentistry, advanced dental education, graduate research, and dental hygiene programs. 

One of five health science schools at VCU, VCU School of Dentistry shares a campus with a large, urban academic health system, VCU Health. Functioning much like a hospital itself, the school is home to a robust, fully specialised dental practice that treats more than 32,000 patients each year through 100,000 plus appointments. It has one of the top digital dentistry programs in the U.S., and its Philips Institute of Oral Health Research is ranked 17th among all US Dental Schools in National Institutes of Health funding.

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