New York dental school to increase enrollment, expand care in New Mexico

The Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College in Hawthorne will increase its enrollment and build a clinical facility in New Mexico to expand care.

The school will add 100 students per class, bringing the total number of students in new classes to 210, according to a June 19 news release. 

As part of a new program at the school, all students will spend the first two years at the school's Valhalla, N.Y., campus to study biomedical foundation and simulation of dental skills. The school will then send 110 students to continue clinical studies in New York while another 100 students will finish at a new clinic in New Mexico. 

The school acquired property in Albuquerque, N.M., to build a clinical education facility on the campus of Lovelace Biomedical Research Laboratories, a nonprofit contract research organization.

Dean Ronnie Myers, DDS, said the new clinic will help increase access to care for underserved communities in the state and promote careers in dentistry because New Mexico does not have a dental school.

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