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Catastrophe Prepardness

In the same way that NYUCD acted as a catalyst to make oral cancer a national issue, soon after the terrible terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the College embarked on a course of action that has made it the unrivaled leader among dental schools in fostering a national initiative to enable dentists to play a critical role within a coordinated, collaborative response to deal with the threat of terrorism, including bioterrorism and other catastrophes. Examples include NYUCD becoming the first U.S. dental school to mandate a full, four-year curriculum in terrorism preparedness that all student must take in order to graduate; and NYUCD, along with the NYU School of Medicine, being awarded a $2.7 million grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to examine how to best prepare additional first responders, primarily dentists, for a disaster.