At a lively special Dean's Town Hall Meeting at noon today, Dean John D.B. Featherstone announced the preliminary conclusions of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and they tell a profoundly positive story of the UCSF School of Dentistry in its 131st year.
At the end of the self-study process, the site visit team concluded that the UCSF School of Dentistry is in compliance with:
- all the predoctoral standards and
- the post-graduate program standards for endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, prosthodontics, oral medicine, and general practice residency
More than this, the CODA site visit team identified multiple strengths within the School as a whole and within individual programs, singling out several program chairs for their leadership, and the quality of UCSF Dentistry students, characterized as "exceptional."
The DDS (including IDP) Predoctoral Education Program was described by the CODA report in strongly positive terms:
- Exceptional students
- Basic science integrated and exceptional
- Research extremely strong
- Financial management and use of resources outstanding
- Spirit of cooperation at all levels exceptional - an environment of respect and cooperation, and the "humanistic nature" of the of operation of the School overall
Speaking for half an hour, Dean Featherstone took time to single out multiple individuals for their contributions toward making the accreditation process a resounding success, including the Accreditation Steering Committee, the Dean's Office Staff, Predoctoral Clinic Staff and Faculty, IT Staff and Faculty, Facilities Staff, and "Special Accolades for Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs Dorothy Perry and her entire team", after which Associate Dean Perry - who led the accreditation process again, having led a similarly successful process in 2005 - was given a standing ovation.
"All of us - everyone in the School, working together, made this wonderful outcome possible" emphasized the Dean.
Fall, 2012: With the successful implementation of a change requested by the CODA site visit team, the commission's final report indicates that ultimately a total of eight post-graduate programs, including Dental Public Health, were accredited.
Special Dean's Town Hall meeting in C-701 to announce the preliminary conclusions of the CODA site visit team.