CDE: [The Dean's Speaker Series] Community Based Dental Education

Jan, 2020
12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Penn Dental Medicine
William W.M. Cheung Auditorium

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch provided
Registration Fee: Free; Registration is required for CE credit.
CE Credits: 1.0 lecture credits


Community based dental education programs are an important trend in improving dental education to meet the needs of students and the public. To support this trend, understanding the history of programs that have established successful models for community based education is valuable for the creation and development of new programs. The community based education model of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Dental Medicine offersa useful guide for understanding the essential components involved in developing a successful program. Since the beginning of the community-based program at RSDM in 1994, the number of community partners has increased, and students have treated thousands of patients in need. Fourth-year students now spend from two to thirty-two weeks in community based clinical education. The community-based program at RSDM demonstrates the value of service based education and offers a sustainable model for the developmentof future programs.


  • Identify the critical elements of a model that provides oral health care to vulnerable populations in the community
  • Examine the impact of collaboration, coordination, and communication on a dental program for vulnerable populations
  • Recognize methods to improve the community based dental program in your organization


Dr. Jill A. York

Assistant Dean for Extramural Clinics
Hunterdon Endowed Chair for Dental Public Health
Associate Professor, Department of Community Health

Dr. Jill York received her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton, and her dental degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry. She completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) –School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) / New Jersey Dental School(NJDS), and in 1994 she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship in Advanced Community Oral Health at the UMDNJ-NJDS. She is a fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) and the American College of Dentists (ACD). Dr. York joinedUMDNJ-NJDS in 1995. Currently she is an Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM), formally UMDNJ-NJDS, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RSOM), formally UMDNJ-SOM. She is the Assistant Dean for Extramural Clinics and the Hunterdon Endowed Chair in Dental Public Health at RSDM. Her scholarly focus is in the area of improving access for oral health care for vulnerable population in New Jersey and beyond.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.