International report gives Dental School high marks

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Contact: Will Sansom
Phone: (210) 567-2579
E-mail: sansom@uthscsa.edu


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The Dental School at the Health Science Center ranked fourth in publications and 11th in scientific impact among the world’s 760 dental schools from 1998 to 2002, according to a new report issued by a Swiss center that measures scientific metrics.

Dental School faculty members authored 376 publications in the dentistry/oral surgery and medicine category during the five-year period, according to the Center for Science and Technology Studies in Bern. The study evaluated the hundreds of dental schools but listed only the top 46, located in the U.S., Sweden, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and Australia.

The Health Science Center Dental School’s 150 impact score is based on an assessment of the number of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals (publications) and the citations index (impact). The citations index lists the number of times an article is cited by other authors in subsequent scientific publications. The impact is calculated by a set of mathematical formulas devised by the Center for Science and Technology Studies.

“I am so proud that our Dental School, still relatively young, has already reached the top ranks of schools of dentistry not only in this country but in the world,” said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center. “This survey validates what we have known for many years – that we have one of the finest dental schools anywhere.”

“These rankings are directly attributable to the talented and dedicated faculty, staff and students of our Dental School,” said Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., dean of the school. “We will continue to foster an academic environment of excellence in research, even as we continue our legacy of outstanding patient care, teaching and service.”



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