Education

The College of Dental Medicine, one of the first dental colleges has origins dating to 1852.  The College offers the D.D.S. as well as postdoctoral specialty education and dual degrees with other schools of the University, including the M.B.A., the M.P.H., and M.A. in Education.  Over 2400 applicants nation-wide seek positions in the predoctoral class of 80 students.  The four-year pre-doctoral curriculum is heavily biomedical.  The students share most of the 18 month biomedical core of the P&S (Columbia’s medical school) curriculum; this strong biomedical base serves well to support the medically oriented clinical years of the curriculum.

Community activities are extensive.  The College has several off-site community-based facilities and a mobile van for Head Start centers.  The College is the major source of oral health care for the northern Manhattan area and offers that care at a reasonable cost.  Special populations, including those with complex medical histories, are served through the College’s clinics.  The Global Health Extern Program is extensive and CDM students are active in over 10 sites worldwide.

The student body is rich in its diversity; 50% are women, approximately 15% are “under-represented in dentistry” students, and a significant number of matriculating students hold advanced degrees, e.g. M.D., Ph.D., M.A., etc.  In recent years, more than 95% of CDM graduates continued for postdoctoral education.  This is in contrast to only 33% nationally.

The College has a long tradition of excellence in research and supports research experiences with both internal and external short term training grants.  Both the D.D.S. and specialty candidates are encouraged to be active participants in ongoing clinical and basic science research within the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

In addition, CDM offers numerous opportunities for visiting students to take courses on a non-degree basis. Qualified students may also participate in residency and fellowship programs as part of the post-doctoral curriculum.


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Associate Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Title IX Coordinator
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103 Low Library
(212) 854-5918
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