Dental Medicine at UNE
Upon welcoming an inaugural class of 64 students in August 2013, the University of New England College of Dental Medicine became the first dental college in Northern New England. Shortly thereafter, the College dedicated its new Oral Health Center on UNE's Portland Campus.
In filling a glaring educational need for Maine and New England, the College of Dental Medicine is proud to serve students from Maine and its surrounding states but also recognizes the national impact its program can have. The inaugural class reflected a balance of students from New England and also from points well beyond. Of the initial 64 students, 24 hailed from Maine, representing more than 20 different towns. The rest found their way to UNE from 16 different U.S. states and Canada.
As one of the few private universities in the nation with a comprehensive health education mission that also includes programs in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and an array of allied health professions, UNE is uniquely positioned to play a transformative role in Dental Medicine education. Our program also gives us the opportunity to apply our existing expertise in clinical simulation, clinical education, and interprofessional education to a whole new discipline.
Our program offers a blend of time-tested methods and new innovations in Dental Medicine education. Our students are treated as members of the profession from the moment they arrive on campus and are given opportunities to make real impacts in the lives of patients, in both urban and rural settings, who receive dental services through them.
The extensive practical experience built into our program allows students to provide care to simulated patients in their first year, and then to provide direct patient care in the Oral Health Center in their second and third years, before ultimately pursuing clinical experiences in communities throughout Northern New England and beyond in their fourth year.
In 2017, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) granted the University of New England College of Dental Medicine DMD program the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements."
Class of 2026 by the numbers
of students are from Northern New England and Rhode Island
states, plus Canada, represented
of students spent the majority of their life in a rural area
UNE Students Making an Impact
Meet Lyric, D.M.D. '22
A dental student who does educational outreach visits to children’s groups, at places like the Boys & Girls Club in Portland, Maine, Lyric is a future pediatric dentist.
Meet Sean, D.M.D. '22
A dental student who recently completed an externship at a federally funded health clinic in Harrington, Maine, Sean believes in providing high standards of dental care to all communities.
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