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20WinTerenrollingintheestablishedschoolsaswellasinthenewschools.Ihaveconfi-dencethatthenextgenerationwillcon-tinuethetraditionofimprovingtheprofessionandconcernforthepublicswelfarethuskeepingthedentalprofes-sionstrong.inSummayDentaleducationhasservedthepro-fessionofdentistryandthepublicwelloverthecourseofthe20thcenturyandintothe21stcentury.Startlingadvancesinscienceandtechnologyhavedramati-callyimprovedtreatmentandpreventionandthepublicratesdentistryasaprofes-siontobetrusted.Schoolsinresearchuniversitieshaveaddedimmenselytotheknowledgebaseofdisease.Howeversincethe1960sdentalschoolshavereal-izedtheirobligationtoreconsidertheirpatientcareandservicemissions.Schoolsreorganizedclinicalprogramstoemphasizecomprehensivepatientcareinwhichstudentslearntoconsidertheentirepatientfromasociomedicalper-spective.In2000theUSsurgeongen-eralsreportOralHealthinAmericajoltedthepublicandprofessionintorealizingthatwehadleftalotofpeoplebehindingainingthebenefitsofpreven-tionandinterventionoforaldisease.Accordinglyforthepastdecadewhenschoolswerereconsideringtheirmissioncommunityserviceandservicelearningbecamelegitimatemissionsandarespon-sibilityforallschools.StatelegislatorsrecognizedthatschoolclinicsarepartofthesafetynetsystemintheUnitedStatesandoutreachtounderservedpopulationsisimportant.Itisntsurprisingthenthatnewschoolswouldseeanimportantnichefortheirmission.Thisdoesnotmeanthatbecausesomeschoolswillfocusmoreheavilyonthepublicservicemissiontheywillbelesserschoolsrelegatedtoasecondtier.Allschoolscanachieveascholarlyenvironmentandeducatelearnedprofessionalswiththecapacitytoserveonfacultiesinprivatepracticeandinthepublichealthsystem.Thisisnottosaythattherearenotmanyproblemsfortheeducationcom-munitytograpplewithinordertokeepthesystemstrong.Problemareasincludehightuitioninallschoolsasignificantdecreaseinstatesupporttothepublicschoolsabetterappreciationfortheneedtounderstandworkforceissuesincludingabetterunderstandingofpop-ulation-to-dentistneedsthepotentialfornewerformsofalliedhealthdentalworkerstoenhancepractitionersabilitytotreatthegrowingnumberofchildrenandolderadultsinneedoforalhealthservicesandoutreachtothosewhoaredisabledandpoor.Withintheacademyitisimportanttoemphasizeinterprofessionaleducationalcollaborationswithmedicinenursingandtheotherhealthcareprofessionsthatcanyieldamorecoordinatedandhigher-qualityhealthsystem.Thereisaneedtorecommittoprovidingapostgraduateyearforeverygraduategiventhecom-plexitiesoftodayspracticeenvironment.Arankingsystemwillhavenoeffectontheseimportantissues.ByconstantlystrivingforexcellencewithineachschoolandthroughparticipationintheschoolsorganizationADEAandtheCommis-siononDentalAccreditationCODAstandardscanbekepthigh.Discussionanddebateofthesemajorissuesarecon-tinuallyneededtosharpenourthoughtsandkeeptheprofessionstrong.Schoolswillchange.Howeverthebasicvaluesin-trinsictotheprofessionoverthepast100yearsshouldnot.refeences1.BertolamiCN.ThedentaleducationbubblearewereadyforaLEED-styleratingJADEInternet.2013115-13.Availablefromhttpwww.nyujade.org2.GiesWJ.DentaleducationintheUnitedStatesandCanadaareporttotheCarnegieFoundationfortheAdvancementofTeaching.BulletinNo.19.NewYorkTheFoundation1926.pp.xivxvxvii106-108182.3.ORourkeJMinerL.DentaleducationintheUnitedStates.PhiladelphiaW.B.Saunders1941.4.CommitteeontheFutureofDentalEducationInstituteofMedicine.Dentaleducationatthecrossroadschallengesandchange.FieldMJedi-tor.WashingtonDCNationalAcademiesPress1995.5.AmericanDentalAssociationSurveyCenter.20082009curriculumsurvey.Vol.4tables57.ChicagoTheAssociation2010.6.PolveriniP.TheAnnArborDentalDeansForumcraftingaresponsetotheemergingtieredsystemofdentaleducation.GlobalHealthNexus.201012224-27.7.NationalInstituteofDentalandCraniofacialResearch.GrantstoUSdentalinstitutionsFY2011Internet.Availablefromhttpwww.nidcr.nih.govGrantsAndFundingNIDCR_Funding_to_US_SchoolsDentalSchoolsGrantstoDentalInstitutions2011.htm8.TheCarnegieFoundationfortheAdvancementofTeaching.TheCarnegieclassificationofinstitu-tionsofhighereducationInternet.Availablefromhttpclassifications.carnegiefoundation.org9.BoyerEL.Scholarshipreconsideredprioritiesoftheprofessoriate.AspecialreportoftheCarnegieFoundationfortheAdvancementofTeaching.SanFranciscoJossey-Bass1997.10.CommissiononDentalAccreditationAmeri-canDentalAssociation.AccreditationstandardsfordentaleducationprogramsInternet.2010.Availablefromhttpwww.ada.orgsectionseducationAndCareerspdfspredoc_2013.pdf11.CareyK.Collegerankingsreformed.EducSec-torReportsInternet.2006Sep20.Availablefromhttpwww.educationsector.orgresearchresearch_show.htmdoc_id40423012.SpallekHEtzelKMaherB.Dentalschoolapplicantsuseofwebsiteinformationduringtheapplicationprocess.JDentEduc.200569121359-1367.