to the Dr. Larry Rosenthal
Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry
Project Promises to Transform the Way Dentistry is Taught, Practiced,
In 2001, 136 years
after its founding, NYUCD is a leader among academic dental centers in
the United States. From humble beginnings with 31 students and 10 faculty
members in rented rooms on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, we have become
the largest dental school in the nation, educating more than eight percent
of U.S. dentists. Steadfast in our mission to provide the highest quality
dental education, research, and patient care, we have embarked on a quest
to transform our facilities, academic programs, outreach, and, indeed,
the nature of dental practice in a variety of exciting and innovative
Over the past several years, major changes have occurred at NYUCD that
allow us to dream boldly of the future. They include a new strategic plan,
a single, unified D.D.S. program, a commission to promote excellence in
faculty and staff performance, a new community dental van, creation of
an Oral Cancer Consortium, membership in the Biomedical Research Alliance
of New York (BRANY), a newly-expanded group of world-class faculty, this
new, awarding-winning magazine, Global Health Nexus, a new clinical
research focus, a new, digitally-presented curriculum, new Graduate Medical
Education Funding for postgraduate students, a new mentoring program and
a new white coat welcoming ceremony for D.D.S. students, a new divisional
structure, and a new level of national and statewide visibility as reflected
in recent graduation keynote speakers who have included former U.S. Secretary
of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala, U.S. Surgeon General David
Satcher, and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Antonia C. Novello,
herself a former U.S. Surgeon General.
In short, we have arrived at a juncture where it is possible to envision
NYUCD becoming the dental institution in the world with the greatest impact
on the health of society. To fulfill that destiny, NYUCD must quickly
transform a 20th century clinical and research environment to reflect
21st century technology, design, and function.
We must continue to recruit
the best faculty and students, and provide them with the resources to fulfill
their potential. And because we are living at a time when healthcare is
being redefined and dominated by the sharing of information technologies
at the global level, NYUCD must foster the sharing of expertise and resources
with other academic dental centers worldwide.
A Preview of the Capital Campaign
Reception Area of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research
The only thing that can stop us is a lack of resources. And so we will
launch Transformations: Our Building, Our College, Our Profession. This
unprecedented resource-building campaign will enable NYUCD to transform
dental education and the dental profession to meet the needs and expectations
of the 21st century. All of us at NYUCD are convinced of the worthiness
of this goal and confident that our alumni and friends will be proud to
be part of the Transformations process. Thanks to several major leadership
gifts, a nucleus fund has already been raised toward institutional priorities.
We now invite you to preview highlights of Transformations: Our Building,
Our College, Our Profession. In taking the campaigns message to
you prior to the official launch, we are hoping to stir your passions
and enlist your support early on.
Building: A New Foundation for Teaching, Caring, and Innovating
Clinic Modernization. Physically, NYUCD lacks the facilities to match
our programs. Much of the existing clinical space is over 35 years old
and is cramped, out-of-date, and must be redesigned immediately to meet
the standards required for our educational and patient care programs and
the advancement of our research agenda. Currently, the average size of
a treatment room is approximately 65 square feet. The renovated treatment
room will be no less than 80 square feet. A total of 565 treatment rooms
will be renovated and available for naming. And thats only the beginning.
Leonard I. Bluestone Center for Clinical Research. A catalyst for
our capital campaign was a major bequest from Dr. Leonard I. Bluestone,
Class of 1940, which will establish the Leonard I. Bluestone Center for
Clinical Research. Providing an additional 9,000 square feet of research
space, this facility is at the heart of NYUCDs plan to conduct controlled
clinical studies with FDA protocols for patient-based research. These
studies will enable NYUCD to play a leadership role in advancing knowledge
in areas where medicine, dentistry, and industry come together to promote
better patient care.
Rosenthal Institute will have the look and feel of the best
private practices in Manhattan
Larry Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry. Another major component
of our capital improvement program, the Larry Rosenthal Institute for
Aesthetic Dentistry, is named in recognition of a major gift from Dr.
Rosenthal, Class of 1972. The Rosenthal Institute will be the nations
first comprehensive program in an academic dental center to train dentists
in the burgeoning field of aesthetic dentistry. The Rosenthal Institute
will also house the Continuing Dental Education Program, which annually
attracts over 4,000 people from more than 20 countries.
for Clinical Excellence. This ultramodern, state-of-the-art facility
will house a highly-networked community of postdoctoral specialty training
programs dedicated to the proposition that the best interests of patients
with complex dental needs can be served by approaching specialty care
as a cooperative, interdisciplinary science. One key component of the
new Graduate Center for Clinical Excellence will be a consulting and referral
service for specialists and other dentists with challenging cases.
Student Center. Our goal is to create a facility that will
offer students a broad range of services in one location to minimize inconvenience
and help ensure academic success. The Student Center will include an office
complex containing student financial advisers and health services, a food
court, student lockers, and a lounge area in which students can enjoy
meals and socialize with friends.
the Student Center students will be able to access a broad
range of services in one location
EXCELLence Center for Performance Improvement
This facility will be dedicated to meeting the needs of our faculty and
staff for lifelong learning that will result in mutual success for them
and for our students. The EXCELLence Center for Performance Improvement
is a key component of the exciting research and learning environment being
created at NYUCD.
and Laboratory Technology Center. The Clinical Simulation Center
will permit situation-based teaching by placing students into high-tech,
simulated circumstances and teaching them clinical skills, perspective,
and decision making before they have actual patient contact.
Library Technology Center
The John and Bertha E. Waldmann Memorial Library, containing one of the
largest collections of dental textbooks, professional journals, and rare
books in the country, is one of the most used libraries on the NYU campus,
despite being one of the smallest. To keep pace with library needs and
expectations that have been radically transformed by information-age technology,
NYUCD must relocate its library to a new, larger, more professional environment.
Basic Science Center. NYUCD is building an additional 9,500 square
foot basic science research facility, which will feature an open, modular
concept. Scientists studying the underlying mechanisms of disease will
share lab space and major equipment and will be assigned space based on
their needs and on their level of funding.
Study Center. With the creation of this facility, students will at
long last have an area dedicated exclusively to meeting their need for
a place for quiet study. The Study Center will be open 24 hours-a-day,
seven days-a-week to all NYUCD students.
Transforming Our College: Outstanding People and Innovative Programs
A New Paradigm for Dental Education and Practice. It is
our goal to train students to be great people first people of high
integrity and ethical character then great dentists, because such
people will make the best dentists. NYUCDs new educational model
finds expression in a burgeoning partnership between students and faculty
that is designed to promote academic excellence, inspire activism, and
create new opportunities for leadership in the global community. Within
this new framework, students are viewed as entry-level associates in a
faculty members practice, and mentoring, role modeling, and strict
compliance with a code of honor come together to transform the traditional
faculty-student hierarchy into a joint and rigorous pursuit
of knowledge and skills.
Needs of the National Research Community. Beginning in fall 2001,
NYUCD will offer an M.S. degree program in clinical research a
major step in helping to meet a national need for clinical researchers
competent to do the follow-up studies that will emerge from the Human
Genome Project. Because the program will not be limited to dentists, it
offers unprecedented opportunities also for dental hygienists, nurses,
pharmacists, biologists, and other health professionals, especially industry
scientists, who want to work in a
Reaching Out to the Community. The new NYU dental van, Smiling Faces,
Going Places, is the first dental facility on wheels to travel to all
five boroughs in New York City and beyond to treat children and adults
in areas where access to oral health care is poor. By bringing the vans
services directly to needy populations, NYUCD is helping to remove some
of the barriers low-income people face in gaining access to dental care.
Profession: Improving Patient Care At Home and Globally
IMPACT. NYUCD is committed to the proposition that when
the healthcare knowledge, desires, and demands of consumers expand, the
nature of healthcare professional practice changes far more rapidly than
if these changes were driven by the profession itself. Accordingly, the
College has created the Initiative to Mobilize Patient Advocacy, Concern,
and Treatment (IMPACT), which leverages the power of NYUCDs location
the media capital of the world to educate consumers to expect and demand
certain healthcare procedures. Examples of IMPACT are the current Ask
Your Dentist campaigns against oral cancer and childhood caries.
Our Global Dental College
New York Universitys vision is to be the quintessential global university.
NYUCD embraces the vision of
its parent university and is wholly committed to the proposition that
intellectual and professional life stretches beyond the academy into the
outside world. Accordingly, NYUCD will create a large formal network of
international dental education and research institutions a Global
Health Nexus by building upon our affiliations with more than 20
dental colleges worldwide, the worlds largest continuing dental
education program, our international student body, and our pioneering
programs to provide global access to intensive clinical training programs.
Like this publication from which it takes its name, Global Health
Nexus aspires to transcend national boundaries.
An Invitation to
Become Part of Transformations: Our Building, Our College, Our Profession
Transformations provides each of us with the opportunity to shape dramatically
the future of the NYU College of Dentistry, the dental profession, and
the health of society. To learn about ways to participate in Transformations
in advance of the formal campaign launch, please contact Dean Alfano at
(212) 998-9898, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.