School of Dentistry Today

Currently, the School of Dentistry receives close to 2,000 applications and admits approximately 60 students each year. In addition, there are two graduate programs, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and General Practice Residency. Although the program itself has grown to keep up with the latest innovations and the communities it serves, Meharry's dental program still adheres to requiring all first-years to fulfill their basic sciences requirements through courses taught through the School of Medicine; born out of necessity, it is an approach that has proven effective for over 100 years, and one that generates interdisciplinary, integrated thought and exchange of ideas. It is a part of the School of Dentistry's legacy that remains just as relevant today—and part of what keeps Meharry's dental program competitive and challenging.

Each student who arrives at our campus knows they are expected to continue and expand upon the legacy that has been left for them. They also know that there will be many opportunities to do just that, in an environment that truly wants them to succeed.

In fact, students and visitors alike are welcome to tour our School museum, which features important artifacts and relics that keep our story alive, cherished . . . and celebrated. And in Fall 2012, we have cause to do just that as Meharry's School of Dentistry celebrates its 125th anniversary!

"This celebration marks a magnificent accomplishment by the school as it relates to education and training of oral health care providers, as well as the provision of service to our community," said Dr. Janet H. Southerland, dean of Meharry's School of Dentistry. "We are extremely excited about the celebration and it is an honor of a lifetime."

How about you? Are you ready to be a part of the Meharry community, one that is rich in heritage, honorable in service, and innovative in cutting-edge research? Are you ready to claim your spot in the next generation of Meharrians?