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Dental school launches two facilities in United Arab Emirates

| From Commonwealth | By Chris Berdik

A rendering of BU’s new facility in Dubai, which will meet a regional need for dental training. Image courtesy of Dubai Healthcare City.

Boston University is helping to change the way dentists are trained and dental care is provided in the Middle East. The University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine has opened two facilities in Dubai to provide care and specialist training in a state-of-the-art medical complex known as Dubai Healthcare City.

Last February, Boston University officials joined government ministers of the United Arab Emirates at a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the establishment of the Boston University Dental Health Center and the Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education.

The institute, which admitted its first class of residents this summer, offers training to dentists in a wide range of specialties. Training programs will be developed and overseen by dental school faculty, including Thomas Kilgore, SDM associate dean of advanced education and international programs, who is the institute’s chief academic officer.

Kilgore says the type of training provided by the institute is largely missing in the region. SDM’s initiatives in Dubai fit the school’s mission of providing both education and care in the real world, he says, “to be out there and not isolated,” whether that means working in Boston’s community health clinics or overseas.   

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