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Welcome to the IU School of Dentistry!
IUSD is a member of the American Dental Education Association and is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Its mission is to promote optimal oral and general health of Indiana citizens and others through educational, research, and service programs. The school is committed to recruiting quality students and preparing them to become highly competent, ethical, and socially responsible practitioners of dentistry.
The school also sees as part of its responsibilities the creation of opportunities for career-long learning for its graduates and other dental professionals through continuing education programs.
The school strives to maintain its role as a vital and productive member of Indiana University's scholarly community. It is dedicated to increasing the knowledge base in all areas related to oral health through an extensive research program that includes the participation of both faculty and students.
The school provides a broad spectrum of patient services as a principal means of furnishing clinical educational opportunities for students. Nearly 90,000 dental appointments are scheduled annually for a population of about 22,000 dental patients. Treatment is provided in the school's clinics as well as at patient care facilities at IU's Riley Hospital Outpatient Center, University and Wishard Memorial hospitals, and two community health centers.
The dental school continually emphasizes to its students the importance of community service. Through collaborative partnerships with schools, health care centers, and other facilities in central Indiana, the school seeks to expose students to a variety of service-learning experiences, particularly those involving special population groups.
Students also are taught that part of their ongoing responsibilities as health care providers in the community will be to increase public awareness of the critical role oral health plays in one's overall well-being.