Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal attends grand opening ceremony of the Georgia Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine’s new facility, one of the largest new dental clinical facilities and class sizes in the country. The five-story, 269,133 square-foot building houses 316 clinical operatories, the college’s eight residency programs, two large clinics for junior and senior dental students, simulation labs, an expanded faculty practice, the College of Allied Health Sciences’ dental hygiene program and an operating room and recovery unit for outpatient surgery.
The growth will help fill a pressing need for dentists in Georgia, which ranks 48th in the country for dentists per 100,000 residents. Approximately 260 patients are treated in the building each day. The expanded clinical space will enable a 61 percent increase in dental students per class (to 400 total) and a 30 percent increase in faculty by 2016. The number of dental residencies will increase 64 percent by 2013.
The GHSU College of Dental Medicine typically recruits over a third of its students from dental health shortage areas. Almost half of 2010 graduates entered residency programs upon graduation, which should help increase the number of dental specialists and general dentists with advanced training who practice in Georgia. GHSU alumni are found in 130 of 159 counties in Georgia.
The building has been recognized as the Best Higher Education/Research Project for 2011 from ENR Southeast, an industry magazine focused on construction news and trends because it is the first on the GHSU campus to be LEED-certified, denoting leadership in energy and environmental design. An Education Commons, proposed for construction adjacent to the new building, would provide additional classroom space for GHSU dental and medical students.
And the nicest part of GHSU’s grand opening is our daughter being a freshman dental student.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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 U.S. Department of Labor estimates indicate Georgia needs to fill an average of 160 dental positions per year. Nearly one in seven Georgia counties lacks a dentist.
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