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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS DENTAL SCHOOL AT SAN ANTONIO

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS DENTAL SCHOOL AT SAN ANTONIO. The University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio was established by the Texas state legislature in June 1969 and enrolled its first class of sixteen students in the fall of 1970. In the summer of 1972 it coalesced with the other recently established University of Texas schools on the South Texas Medical Center campus to become University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. John Victor Olson, dean of the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, served as part-time acting dean during the school's initiation stages. Deans of the school include Dr. Philip Boyne (1974–76); Dr. John Sharry (1978–81); Dr. Dominick DePaola (1983–1987); and Dr. Kenneth Kalkwarf (1988-present). The present physical structure housing the dental school was dedicated on July 25, 1975. Multiple internal renovations throughout the years have maintained a state-of-the-art clinical and research facility that houses the many activities of the school. The predoctoral dental education program had 349 students enrolled in 1992 in a four year curriculum leading to the D.D.S. degree. Advanced education and residency programs are conducted in dental anesthesiology, dental diagnostic science, endodontics, general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and public health dentistry. These programs range in length from one to six years and in 1992 enrolled 104. Other postdoctoral programs conducted in partnership with the Health Science Center's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences combine clinical education with research experience and lead to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Fellowship and preceptor programs, providing comprehensive clinical training, are offered in areas such as geriatric dentistry, facial pain, esthetic dentistry, biomaterials, implantology, and maxillofacial prosthodontics. Continuing education opportunities offered by the school, ranging from short courses and symposia focused on oral health topics to structured clinical training courses, are a vital resource to the dental practitioners in the state of Texas. Approximately 3,195 practicing dentists participated in fellowships, preceptor programs, and continuing education courses sponsored by the school during 1991–92. A broad-based research program related to oral health, including focused centers in microbiology/immunology of oral diseases, salivary dysfunction, dental imaging, geriatrics, dental materials, and osseous metabolism related to growth and development, regeneration, and biocompatability attracts more than $4 million annually in external research support to the school. San Antonio, as well as all of south and southwest Texas are the recipients of the school's multiple outreach programs. These programs provide clinical care and education to underserved and financially disadvantaged individuals as an integral part of the school's educational program. Affiliation agreements with institutions and clinics in locales including Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, El Paso, as well as Mexico, Central America, South America and Europe link the mission of the dental school with other professional colleagues.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (UTSA Health Science Center).

Kenneth L. Kalkwarf

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, "UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS DENTAL SCHOOL AT SAN ANTONIO," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/kcu15), accessed December 18, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.