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University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry

University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, MC 621
Chicago, IL 60612
Dean: Dr. Bruce S. Graham
Patient Services:  (312) 996-7558
Grant Questions:  (312) 355-4549


2006 Facts

Publicly supported

92 full-time, 157 part-time clinical faculty members

309 students

85 graduates

60 days spent by senior dental students in community clinical settings

Community Partners

Alzheimer's Association

American Diabetes Association

American Lung Association

Association House

Bonaventure House

Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Casa Central

Center on Halsted

Chicago Abused Women Coalition

Chicago Communities in Schools

Chicago Dental Society

Chicago Department of Public Health, Division of Oral Health

Chicago Dept. of Aging

Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

Children of Peace School     

Cicero Health Department Dental clinic  

Community Health Partnership

Crusader Clinic

Daniel J. Corkery School  

Daniel Webster School 

Division Dental Clinic

El Valor

Erie Family Health Center

Erie Neighborhood House

Gilda's Club of Chicago

Heartland Health Outreach

Hines VA Hospital

Howard Brown Health Center

Howland School of the Arts  

Hull House Family Service Center

IFLOSS: Coalition of Communities

Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Oral Health

Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago

Inspiration Café

Interfaith House

John M. Smyth School  

Lake County Health Department

Lakeview Pantry

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Lincoln Dental Society

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Lower West Health Center

March of Dimes

McCormick Boys and Girls Club

McCormick Tribune YMCA

Milestone Inc. Dental Clinic

Mujeres Latinas en Acción

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

New City YMCA

Northwest Community Healthcare

Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society

Pacific Gardens Missions and Dental Clinic

Rafael Center

Rainbow House

RUSH Medical Center

Spang Center for Oral Health

St. Ann School 

St. Malachy School     

St. Pius V School

Telpochcalli School  

UFCW Union Medical Center Dental Clinic

Veterans Administration (VA) Dental Clinic

Washington Irving School   

William E. Gladstone School  

Working Together to Improve Oral Health in Illinois

Project Contact Information
Dr. Caswell A. Evans, Jr.
Project Director
Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street,
MC 621
Chicago, IL 60612
Tel (312) 413-2474
Fax (312) 413-9050

The College of Dentistry’s patient care philosophy, educational direction, and physical facilities emphasize preparing highly qualified oral health care professionals; providing comprehensive and compassionate patient-centered care; and creating a clinical education model that reflects the best practices of general dental practitioners and assures the achievement of core competencies.

The College’s mission is to “promote optimum oral and general health to the people of the State of Illinois and worldwide through excellence in education, patient care, research, and service.” To help achieve this mission, the College has developed several community-based education goals. These include:

1) Providing patient-centered care that is comprehensive and compassionate for culturally diverse populations; and

2) Providing student-oriented education programs that prepare individuals for the thoughtful, ethical practice of dentistry and life-long learning. Additionally, the College plans to address community and regional health care needs through outreach initiatives, educational programs, consulting, and referral services. It also plans to play a leadership role in forming healthcare policy at the university, state, and national levels.

Project Activities
Over the next two years, the College of Dentistry will:

  • Provide community-based experiences to students in all four years of dental school.
  • Continue to provide 60 days of extramural rotations to all senior students.
  • Continue to encourage faculty and staff to integrate community-based experiences into the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with the State of Illinois on the “Illinois Initiative for Dental Public/Community Oral Health Infrastructure Development,” a state project to ensure that there are enough community oral health professionals in Illinois.
  • Increase underrepresented minority student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention ‘within the College and Illinois’ oral health workforce.
  • Apply for grants to expand the extramural program to include sites in rural Illinois.

For more information and student testimonials about the extramural rotations please visit http://dentistry.uic.edu/community/index.html


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