UNM broke ground this week on a new, 17,000-ftDentistry Residency Program facility on UNM North Campus, which will serve as the primary general dentistry training site in New Mexico.

Thirteen-plus faculty members will utilize 14 dental operatories, two dental hygiene stations and two oral surgery rooms to provide New Mexico dentists with skills beyond their dental school education, preparing them to practice in New Mexico rural areas with patients who have limited access to care.

The clinic will be located at 1801 Camino de Salud NE. According to Dr. Gary Cuttrell, UNM Chief of Dental Services, the e xpansion is necessary. UNM’s General Dentistry Residency Program saw 24,000 patient visits last year – predominantly underserved patients and those with medically complex conditions. Moreover, increasing numbers of New Mexicans are completing dental school, and UNM’s General Dentist Residency has doubled in the last five years. UNM wants to provide opportunities for dental school graduates to return to New Mexico for any advanced residency training, adds Dr. Paul Roth, UNM Executive Vice President for Health Sciences . This new clinic will expand UNM’s dental residency program, providing advanced training for residents across a wide spectrum of dental disciplines . For more information on UNM’s Dentistry Program, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/som/surgery/dentalservices/.

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