Baylor dental school receives $5.4M grant
July 27, 2015
Dallas — Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry announced July 24 it received a five-year, $5.4 million grant to expand its predoctoral and postdoctoral training to help bridge the gap currently existing between medicine and dentistry.
The funding, from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is composed of two awards: $3.7 million for TAMBCD's postdoctoral training and $1.7 million for the predoctoral component.
Through collaboration between TAMBCD and community and health care partners, TAMBCD will amp up its interprofessional training to help integrate dentistry into the broader health care delivery system.
The $1.7 million, which is an extension of a previous HRSA grant, will increase interprofessional experiences at the community-training site. Through collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical School, dental students will work closely with nutritionists, family medicine residents, medical students, physician assistant students and social workers.
The postdoctoral grant will help revamp the dental school's public health graduate program.
As part of collaboration with the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, TAMBCD will now offer a master's degree in public health, as part of the newly redesigned residency program in dental public health. The new program also will be made available to a select number of pediatric dentistry residents who want to combine the M.P.H. degree with their residencies.
Existing pediatric dentistry residents who opt not to pursue a master's in public health will benefit from the changes, too. The grant will gradually expand their clinical rotations to all of the college's community-based training centers, beginning with North Dallas Shared Ministries.
According to 2014 numbers from HRSA, more than 5 million Texans live in dentally underserved areas. Of those individuals, more than 1.5 million did not receive dental services the same year. Along with dental care, the needs of these vulnerable, underserved populations may also include unmet medical or psychosocial needs.