Why UF College of Dentistry?
The Gator Dentist Advantage
The UF College of Dentistry is housed in the Dental Sciences Building located on the UF Health Science Center campus. The Health Science Center includes five additional colleges – Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine – and is adjacent to one of the university’s affiliated private, tax-exempt teaching hospitals, UF Health Shands in Gainesville.
As part of the UF Health Science Center, here are a few of the unique experiences available to our DMD students.
Putting Families First (formerly known as Interdisciplinary Family Health) is a course designed to teach core values, such as community-based family health, health promotion and disease prevention, and teamwork in the context of home visits.
Hospital Dentistry Rotation (DEN 7443L) introduces students to the management of complex oral surgery patients. Patients evaluated and treated in the oral surgery clinic, UF Health Shands Hospital operating room, or UF Health Shands Hospital Emergency Department include those with a diagnosis of one of following: odontogenic infection, facial trauma, skeletal facial deformity, benign or malignant pathology, TMJ disorders and impacted teeth.
Clinical Oncology and Oral Pathology (DEN8767L) is designed to enhance the student’s ability to prevent and/or diagnose and manage oral complications from cancer therapy. Students will gain experience in obtaining comprehensive medical and dental histories from patients with life-threatening diseases. Intraoral and extraoral examinations, interpretation of hospital records, and diagnostic tests will be performed to assess the impact of cancer on the delivery of dental care. Students will educate patients in effective oral hygiene methods and preventive strategies to reduce the risk of caries, mucosal infections, and other complications of head and neck radiation and chemotherapy.
The college is nationally recognized for its oral health research enterprise, emphasizing infectious diseases in dentistry, bone biology, pain and neurosciences, and translational research to improve clinical and dental care.
UF College of Dentistry has a Statewide Network for Community Oral Health with locations throughout Florida. In addition to the UF-owned dental centers in Gainesville, Hialeah, Naples and St. Petersburg, the college’s dental students perform community rotations and provide care in affiliated dental centers as part of their education. Almost all of the patients treated live at or below 200% of the federal poverty limit.
Our volunteer dental students and faculty travel to several countries each year and continue to make a significant and long-lasting contribution to global oral health. These trips are amazing windows into foreign cultures and provide unique opportunities to our students for personal and professional development.