The Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is a professional school offering a curriculum leading to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (DMD). Advanced education programs in the dental specialties are also available.
The School of Dental Medicine was organized June 21, 1892, as the Dental Department of Western Reserve University. For the first 25 years of its existence, the school was located in downtown Cleveland. In 1917, the School of Dental Medicine became an integral part of the university and now occupies a building adjacent to the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and University Hospitals of Cleveland. In 2003, the name of the school officially changed from the School of Dental Surgery to the School of Dental Medicine, and the degree offered changed from Doctor of Dental Surgery to Doctor of Dental Medicine. Since its organization, it has conferred degrees on approximately 4,900 graduates.
The mission of dentistry is the protection and improvement of the health of individuals and society with a concentration on oral health. Professional activities encompass a wide variety of endeavors including the clinical care of individuals, the prevention of disease, the discovery of new knowledge, and the development of procedures and policies that protect and improve health, especially for those populations at risk for disease.
Because oral health is an important concern of society, the role of the dentist continues to be essential and rewarding. Men and women who are interested in scientific studies directly related to the welfare of people should find a strong appeal in dentistry as a life work. It offers an unusual opportunity for public service, community respect, and the use of originality, compassion, and substantial skill and independent judgment on a daily basis.
The mission of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is to provide outstanding programs in oral health education, patient care, focused research and scholarship, and service that are of value to our constituents. We will accomplish this in an environment which fosters collegiality and professionalism, and that enables a diverse group of students to become competent practitioners of dentistry and contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and populations.
The students who enter the School of Dental Medicine are very carefully selected and have already had many opportunities for intellectual and social development. The years in dental school should permit the continued maturation of the individual and should emphasize the basic knowledge and skills which are common to all dentists. Graduates should continue their dental education during their professional careers and add to the basic concepts taught in dental school by studying the scientific literature and by attending continuing education courses. While in dental school, the student develops an attitude of professionalism and a sense of responsibility toward the patient’s welfare, which will provide optimal dental care.
Specific information about licensure in Ohio and other states should be obtained from the individual state boards of dentistry.
The School of Dental Medicine is an institutional member of the American Dental Education Association and the programs of the School of Dental Medicine are accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation.
The University Office of Student Affairs serves as an ombudsman focusing attention on the rights and responsibilities of students within the university community. In addition, it serves as a central source of information about university policies and procedures that affect student life and extracurricular programs and services. Students may contact the University Office of Student Affairs for resolution of specific problems and for referral to other university offices or campus agencies.
Kenneth B. Chance, Sr., DDS
(Case Western Reserve University)
Dean of the School of Dental Medicine
Ronald L. Occhionero, DDS
(Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Dean for Administration; Professor of Comprehensive Care
Kristin Z. Victoroff, DDS, PhD
(Dalhousie University, Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Dean for Education, Associate Professor of Community Dentistry
Aaron Weinberg, DMD, PhD
(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Biological Sciences and Chair
Sorin T. Teich, DMD, MBA
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel; Northwestern University-Chicago/Tel Aviv University-Israel)
Associate Dean of Clinical Operations, Associate Professor of Comprehensive Care
Lisa A. Lang, DDS, MS
(University of Michigan; University of Texas San Antonio)
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Associate Professor of Comprehensive Care and Chair
John W. Smolik, MBA, CPA
(Baldwin Wallace College)
Assistant Dean of Finance, Operations and Information Technology
Philip C. Aftoora, MA
(University of Dayton, BS; Case Western Reserve University, MA)
Director of Student Services
Emil T. Chuck, PhD
(BSE, Duke University; PhD, Case Western Reserve University)
Director of Admissions
The entire Health Sciences Center has been designed so that students can travel from the School of Dental Medicine to the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Health Sciences Library, and any component of University Hospitals without having to go outside.
The dental school building was designed to provide a modern teaching facility. The Multimedia Laboratories are designed and equipped so that the basic sciences (except for anatomy), technique and simulated clinical experience can be carried on by the student in his or her individual area. The 50,000 square foot dental clinic floor consists of two major clinical areas and five specialty clinics. The major clinics are made up of individual cubicles, fully equipped as private operatories. Each student clinician is assigned to one of the individual operatories for the academic year.
Drawing from a local population of more than one million, the clinics provide a broad spectrum of care to the population, affording the student substantial clinical experience. The school cooperates with various organizations of the city in caring for their clients, an arrangement that provides additional clinical experience for students.
The Cleveland Health Sciences Library (CHSL) was formed in 1966 by an agreement between the Cleveland Medical Library Association (CMLA) and Western Reserve University. CHSL operates in two locations: the Allen Memorial Medical Library and the Health Center Library (HCL). The total collection currently numbers over 430,000 volumes, including print and electronic journal subscriptions numbering in excess of 60,000.
The Allen collection, strongly clinical, serves private and institutional members of the Cleveland Medical Library Association as well as faculty and students of Case Western Reserve University.
The Health Center Library collection of basic science materials is primarily for faculty and students of the schools of dental medicine, medicine, and nursing and the department of biology.
The Dittrick Museum of Medical History, located on the third floor of the Allen Library, contains nearly 20,000 objects related to the history of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, with special emphasis on Cleveland and the Western Reserve. The museum also contains a medical archives collection and a rare book room.
Reference staff in both libraries help and instruct patrons in the use of the library and its bibliographic resources. Items not available on campus may be obtained through inter-library loan. Other services provided are quick telephone reference, citation verification, computerized or manual bibliographic searches, access to the internet, and online searching of a multitude of databases.
The School of Dental Medicine has working relationships with hospitals and health clinics in the Greater Cleveland community. Students have the opportunity to function as dentists and observe hospital routine and operating room techniques in these hospitals. Many members of the faculty hold staff appointments in these extramural health facilities.
University Hospitals is a 974-bed tertiary care facility located across the street from the School of Dental Medicine. Graduate departments in oral and maxillofacial surgery and pediatric dentistry are based at this facility. A variety of educational and research opportunities exist in relation to this affiliation.
Dental students participate in clinical care at several community health clinics in and around the greater Cleveland area. As part of the curriculum, dental students spend two weeks at one of the community clinics and additionally may volunteer their services in their free time. An example of a community health clinic is The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, at 12201 Euclid Avenue. It is a nonprofit community service organization that offers medical, dental, podiatric, and legal services, as well as family planning and psychological counseling programs for adults and children; provides a patient advocacy program and speakers for community education and training at other health agencies; and operates a hotline seven evenings a week.