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Highlight: (UCONN) University of Connecticut Health Center

Author J. Davis. Published on May 21, 2011 - 3:27 am (2863 views — 562 words)

Today Id like to highlight a vibrant state of the art health facility located in Farmington Connecticut. Founded in 1961 it is an outstanding example of health care education in an environment of exemplary patient care, research and public service. The Uconn Health Center is an organization composed of the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, and John Dempsey Hospital.

Uconn School of Medicine

The Uconn School of Medicine was established in 1961 and is part of the University of Connecticut system of higher learning. Situated in suburban Farmington on the160 acre campus of the UConn Health Center. The curriculum emphasizes problem-based learning, chronic care, ambulatory experiences, disease prevention, and rehabilitation, among other medical aspects of human health, and always within the context of scientifically-based knowledge and conclusion. One of the schools main beliefs is that physicians are scientists, and the educational structure is designed to reflect that principle. Students are admitted not just on their academic standing, but on their extracurricular activities and achievements. The practice of medicine needs skilled, well-rounded physicians who can relate to their patients, not just as practitioners and care-givers, but also as people and the curriculum at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine provides this.

The school is known for having small class sizes that consist of no more than 80 students per year. They believe the moderate size allows a highly desirable student-to-faculty ratio that promotes an educational environment based on personal interactions.

Uconn School of Dental Medicine

As Connecticuts only public school of dentistry, the School of Dental Medicine commits to providing predoctoral educational opportunities for qualified Connecticut residents who desire to become broadly competent general practitioners of dental medicine capable of meeting the oral health care needs of all the States citizens. The School of Dental Medicine also offers postdoctoral training in all accredited dental education programs and attracts applicants who seek to combine clinical training with doctoral level studies in the basic biomedical and behavioral sciences, in preparation for careers in academic dentistry.

Since its inception in 1968, the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine has been a prominent leader in dental education, research, patient care and community outreach which benefits both public and professional constituencies at local, regional, national and international levels.

Building on its educational commitments, the School of Dental Medicine provides quality, comprehensive oral care and promotes the concept of wellness the preservation of health and prevention of disease. To support this mission the dental school faculty act as a referral and consultation resource for Connecticuts healthcare providers and assist community-based programs that enhance the quality and availability of oral health care to all.

John Dempsey Hospital

John Dempsey Hospital is home to the only full service Emergency Department in the Farmington Valley. The hospital has 224 beds and provides specialized and routine inpatient and outpatient services for adults. It is widely recognized for its excellence in maternal fetal medicine, cardiology programs, cancer care and orthopaedics. It truly is one of the most state of the art facilities in all New England.


Since the Health Center's inception, its administration and faculty have been committed to maintaining high-quality research programs as part of the institution's fabric. This commitment has enabled the Health Center to recruit distinguished researchers with expertise in neuroscience, vascular biology, molecular biology, molecular pharmacology, biochemistry, cell physiology and cancer immunology, among other fields.