Known as Penn Dental Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is one of the oldest and highest-rated dental schools in the United States. The School was established in 1878 as the Dental Department of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1897, Thomas W. Evans -- one of the most innovative dentists of 19th century Europe -- left his estate to the University of Pennsylvania to create a dental school that would be "second to none." By 1915, the School had completed the Evans Building, one of the most advanced dental facilities of its time.
Since then, Penn Dental Medicine has been at the forefront of dental education. For instance, Penn Dental Medicine has offered courses in internal medicine since 1930. Over the years, the school's focus has shifted from dental surgery to the study of dental health sciences, including courses in biochemistry, genetics and chemotherapy. It also adopted the One Medicine concept, which combines the philosophies of the schools of medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine. In 1964, the University officially changed name from School of Dentistry to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
Penn Dental Medicine's innovative approach to dental education has earned it a spot among America's top leading teaching institutions. The School offers several programs designed to prepare its graduates for careers in clinical dental care, research and education.
DMD Program -- Penn Dental Medicine no longer offers a DDS degree. Today's pre-doctoral students earn a DMD, or Doctor of Dental Medicine, focusing on the "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases without limitation."
Graduate Dental Education -- Penn Dental Medicine offers postgraduate programs for dentists to obtain certification in their respective specialities, including:
Master of Science in Oral Biology
Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS) -- This two-year program allows foreign-trained dentists to prepare for licensure in the United States.
Dual Degree Options -- Pre-doctoral students can pursue a master's degree in another program while earning a DMD degree.
Doctoral Degree -- Individual PhD programs are available through the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
Bio-Dental Consortial Program -- High school students can apply to the Bio-Dental Consortial Program to receive their BS and DMD degrees in seven years.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine campus consists of several state-of-the-art facilities for learning, research and patient care:
Leon Levy Center for Oral Health Research -- Students and faculty have access to the basic science departments, which include lecture halls, offices and research laboratories.
Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute -- While home to many offices, lecture rooms and laboratories, the Evans Building is the center for patient care. It is home to the main clinic, as well as the clinics for pediatric care, endodontics, periodontics and orthodontics.
Open to the general public, many of the School's dental clinics offer quality care at a discounted rate. Students perform a full range of dental services at the main teaching clinics under supervision of their instructors. For further information regarding the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, visit their website, listed below. The School of Dental Medicine is located at:
Address: The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030
Phone: (215) 898-8965