Valhalla Dental School First In 50 Years

Coming this fall, New York State’s first new dental school is set to open in Valhalla, at its New York Medical College Campus, and, according to Alan Kadish, MD, will be established as the Touro College of Dental Medicine.

Kadish is the president of Touro College and University System and is one of the leading educators of healthcare professionals in New York State.

“As New York State’s first new dental school in nearly half a century and the only dental school in the Hudson Valley, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will fill a void in dental education and improve access to oral health care, particularly in underserved rural and urban communities throughout the region,” says Kadish.

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The Touro College of Dental Medicine will be joining the Touro School of Health Sciences, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Touro College of Pharmacy.

The new dental college will include a four-year pre-doctoral program for students, a continuing-education program for practicing dentists, and a 132-chair community dental clinic focused on providing patients in unwarranted communities in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx with affordable and quality treatment.

Jay P. Goldsmith, DMD, formerly a professor, program director, and deputy chief in NYMC’s Department of Dental Medicine, has been appointed the founding dean of the dental school. He has more than 50 years of experience as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is a leading dentist, and a fellow of the American College Dentists.

“Students of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC will enjoy the advantages of this extensive medical education network and enhanced inter-professional connections as they benefit from world-class faculty and facilities, as well as being part of a historic initiative in dental education,” says Goldsmith.

Touro’s medical programs include three schools of osteopathic medicine with campuses in Harlem and Middletown, New York; Vallejo, California; and Henderson, Nevada; a school of pharmacy in New York City, and a school of health sciences with campuses in New York City and Bay Shore, New York.

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