UW School of Dentistry

School continues strong showing in global rankings

The University of Washington School of Dentistry continues to maintain a strong position in the global dental school rankings issued by Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS), a British educational institution.

The UW ranked eighth in the United States and 23rd in the world in the 2022 rankings. In the U.S. rankings, the University of Michigan, the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard University led the way. The next five schools were tightly bunched, with only 1.3 points separating the scores of Nos. 4 through 8.

Worldwide, Sweden’s Karolinska Institute was first, followed by Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Hong Kong.

The QS rankings are based on several factors related to research, including research citations and reputation, and they also weigh reputation among employers. This year, the survey added an evaluation of schools’ sustainable research collaborations with other institutions of higher education. The UW has consistently ranked in the top tier of dental schools assessed by QS in the last several years.

Still to come are the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) subject rankings, which are usually released in June. Even more heavily weighted toward research, last year’s rankings placed the UW sixth in the United States and seventh in the world.

School continues strong showing in world rankings

The University of Washington School of Dentistry again ranks among the world’s best dental schools, placing No. 7 globally in the  Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) subject rankings.

Six of the top seven schools in the field of dental and oral sciences, led by the University of Michigan at No. 1, were American.

The UW’s high ARWU ranking comes in the wake of another strong showing earlier this year in Britain’s Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The 2021 QS rankings, whose metrics are more broadly based than ARWU’s, placed the School of Dentistry fourth in the United States and 15th in the world. For the last several years in both surveys, the school has consistently placed among the world’s top 15 and the United States’ top half-dozen, rising as high as No. 3 globally.

Asher Chiu and Dean Gary
The School of Dentistry’s commitment to research has been underscored by its annual Research Day, which included poster presentations by students. In 2019, before the pandemic forced a shift to a virtual format, student Asher Chiu is shown with Dean Gary Chiodo.

“We are extremely gratified to continue to be ranked so highly in the U.S. and in the world,” said Dean Gary Chiodo. “This is one measure that confirms that we are an outstanding dental school.”

The ARWU survey heavily weights research performance and reputation, as indicated by peer-reviewed journal citations and other metrics. Shanghai Jiao Tong University began issuing its rankings in 2003.

The School of Dentistry places a high priority on research, reflecting the UW’s global identity as a leading research university. Nor are research activities confined to faculty and full-time researchers. Students also pursue research under faculty mentorship through programs such as the Summer Research Fellowship Program and the Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program. The school also offers a DDS/PhD track that allows students to pursue advanced research after earning their dental degree.

In addition, the school is home to the Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health, which since 2013 has promoted international collaborations in dental research and education. For three decades, the school also conducted the Summer Institute in Dental and Craniofacial Clinical Research Methods, drawing participants from dozens of countries. The COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the institute last year, but the program was recast this year as Craniofacial and Oral Health Online (COHO) Summer Institute, offered in partnership with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center. This interactive online institute will provide eight modules over two months with training in the areas of planning a research project, clinical epidemiology/study design, clinical trials, surveys and measurement, biostatistics, and ethics.

While the pandemic posed special challenges to researchers everywhere during the past year, the school stepped to the forefront in conducting studies on the pandemic and oral health clinical procedures. Faculty members at the school’s satellite oral surgery clinic at Harborview Medical Center and in other departments published a number of papers after Seattle became the initial U.S. epicenter of the outbreak.

“Our faculty, staff, and students comprise the team that makes us successful,” Dean Chiodo said. “These dedicated and talented colleagues maintain a continual focus on excellence in our mission areas of teaching, patient care, research, and outreach.”

School ranked 4th in U.S., 15th in world

The University of Washington School of Dentistry remains firmly placed among the world’s top dental schools, according to the 2021 Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

QS, a British educational organization, rated the School of Dentistry fourth in the United States and 15th in the world. In the United States, only the dental schools at the University of Michigan, University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard University ranked higher. Sweden’s University of Gothenburg dental school was ranked best in the world, while Michigan was second. The UW has consistently ranked among the U.S. top five and world’s top 15 for the last few years in the QS survey.

Several years ago, the School of Dentistry thoroughly revamped its curriculum to reflect changes in dental science and technology, new modes of dental practice, biomedical advances, and other elements. The school has also expanded its use of community clinical rotations around Washington state for third-year and fourth-year students to give them more experience in all aspects of general dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association recognized the school in 2017 with the William J. Gies Award, its top honor, for the school’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program.

QS surveys academics and employers to determine a school’s international reputation. QS also factors in research impact along with a metric that assesses productivity and citation impact of a scientist’s or scholar’s publications.

School ranks 4th in world in research-oriented survey

The University of Washington School of Dentistry is ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 4 in the world by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy in its newly released 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities subject rankings.

In the field of dental and oral sciences, the University of Washington trails only the dental schools at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and King’s College London. Harvard University rounds out the top five.

“I am so happy to see our school ranked as No. 3 in the nation and No. 4 in the world,” said Dean Gary Chiodo. “These are outstanding rankings and reflect the hard work and expertise of our faculty, staff, and students. Certainly, these outcomes are due in no small part to our outstanding researchers who continue to make us one of the very best dental research institutes in the world. I am so proud to be part of this fantastic dental school.”

The ARWU assessment focuses heavily on research performance and reputation, as gauged by peer-reviewed journal citations and other measures. The annual rankings were originated by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003.

Student Wei He displays a poster presentation during the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Jan. 28.
Student Wei He displays a poster presentation during the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Jan. 28.

Research at the School of Dentistry is carried out primarily by faculty members and full-time researchers. However, students are also strongly encouraged to pursue research under faculty mentorship through programs such as the Summer Research Fellowship Program and the Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program. The school also offers a DDS/PhD track for students that allows them to pursue advanced research after earning their dental degree.

For nearly three decades, the school has also conducted the Summer Institute in Dental and Craniofacial Clinical Research Methods, one of the leading training programs of its kind. The six-week institute, which draws attendees from around the world, provides training in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology/study design, personal computing applications, clinical trials, behavioral research in dentistry, grantsmanship, and case studies in data analysis.

The institute has been canceled for this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but hopes to resume activities in 2021.

The school also has the Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health, which since 2013 has promoted international collaborations in dental research and education.

School rises to No. 2 in global research rankings

The University of Washington School of Dentistry has risen one spot to No. 2 in the world among dental schools in the new Academic Ranking of World Universities by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

The School of Dentistry trails only the University of Michigan’s dental school in the new rankings. Rounding out the top five after the UW are the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and King’s College London.

“I am so gratified to see that our School of Dentistry is now ranked No. 2 in the world,” said Interim Dean Gary T. Chiodo. “This recognition reflects the work of our outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff and the continued emphasis on our research mission, which is an integral aspect of our identity.”

The ARWU assessment focuses heavily on research performance and reputation. The annual rankings were originated by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003.

The UW School of Dentistry’s focus on research extends beyond the studies done by faculty members and full-time researchers. Students, mentored by faculty, are also encouraged to engage in research through programs such as the Summer Research Fellowship Program and the Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program. The school also offers a DDS/PhD track for students that allows them to pursue advanced research after earning their dental degree.

This week, the school also launched its 28th annual Summer Institute in Dental and Craniofacial Clinical Research Methods, one of the leading training programs of its kind. The six-week institute, which draws attendees from around the world, provides training in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology/study design, personal computing applications, clinical trials, behavioral research in dentistry, grantsmanship, and case studies in data analysis.

The school is also home to the Timothy A. DeRouen Center for Global Oral Health, which since 2013 has promoted international collaborations in dental research and education. It has also sought to align its  mission more closely with the UW’s Population Health Initiative.

“It is truly a group effort to become and remain a top-tier dental school,” Dean Chiodo said, “and we simply have a superb group at the UW.”

School rises to #3 in U.S., #10 in world

The University of Washington School of Dentistry rose to No. 3 in the United States and No. 10 in the world in the newest Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which were released Feb. 27.

The school, which was ranked fourth in the United States and 14th in the world in 2018, has risen in the QS standings for four consecutive years. The dental schools at the University of Michigan and Harvard University were ranked first and second in the United States, while Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet was named the top dental school in the world.

“It is so gratifying to see that the University of Washington School of Dentistry is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 10 in the world,” said Interim Dean Gary Chiodo. “I believe that our stellar pre-doctoral and graduate programs are primary reasons for these rankings. Our world-class research programs also contribute substantially to our successes. We are fortunate to have outstanding, accomplished, and dedicated faculty and staff who make all of this happen.”

In 2014, the School of Dentistry began installing a new curriculum to incorporate changes in dental science and technology, new modes of dental practice, biomedical advances, and other elements. It has also instituted third-year clinical rotations to give students a more concentrated exposure to the core skills of general dentistry. The school has also added fourth-year community clinical rotations throughout Washington state to give students more real-world experience before graduating.

The school’s curriculum innovations have been recognized by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). The organization also gave the school its 2017 William J. Gies Award for Vision, ADEA’s top honor, for the school’s Regional initiatives in Dental Education program.

“As this ranking reflects, our School of Dentistry’s outstanding faculty and staff, cutting-edge instruction and innovative programs are attracting well-deserved recognition for the impact they have on our dental students and the patients and public they serve,” said UW President Ana Mari Cauce.

“These rankings demonstrate the School of Dentistry’s commitment to research and the vital work its faculty, staff and students are doing to serve our state, our residents and the dental community at-large,” said UW Provost Mark Richards.

QS, a British educational organization, bases its rankings on its global surveys of academics and employers, which it uses to determine a school’s international reputation. QS also factors in research impact along with a metric that assesses productivity and citation impact of a scientist’s or scholar’s publications.

School remains No. 3 in world in research rankings

The University of Washington School of Dentistry retained its No. 3 global and U.S. ranking in the newly released 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

Dr. Baldwin at Computer with skull
Dr. Michael Baldwin, who received his DDS from the UW in 2015, is studying for his PhD in oral biology in the school’s DDS-PhD program, which is one of the School of Dentistry’s key research tracks for students. This year, Dr. Baldwin was also named a UW Magnuson Scholar, one of the UW’s highest academic awards.

The rankings, which are weighted toward research performance and reputation, place the school behind only the dental schools of the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina. Harvard University and King’s College London complete the top five in the category of dentistry and oral sciences. The annual rankings were originated by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003.

Dr. Sara Gordon, the school’s associate dean of academic affairs, expressed pride in the school’s ranking and said: “Our faculty engage in compelling research within the school, and with partners in the university and around the globe. Pre-doctoral students can choose a research track that trains them in requisite skills, then places them in faculty labs, where they can complete a research project.”

Earlier this year, the school placed fourth in the United States and 14th in the world in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings assessment of dental schools. The British educational organization’s ratings also take research into account, but are a broader assessment than ARWU.

Dr. Gordon cited the school’s curriculum, which has been extensively revised in the last several years, as one reason for its standing.

“Our faculty members and staff have worked very hard over recent years to thoroughly revamp the curriculum,” she said. “The school aims to lead the world in producing dental graduates who are not only technically excellent but also have enhanced medical, interprofessional, and critical thinking skills necessary for the changing world of dentistry. We have an integrated systems-based biomedical foundations curriculum, a third-year clerkship skills program, and a comprehensive-care fourth-year program.”

The clerkship program takes third-year students through a series of six-week and 12-week clinical rotations designed to provide a more intensive exposure to the core skills of general dentistry. The fourth-year clinical program seeks to duplicate the wide-ranging experience of general dental practice.

School officials have cited the national dental board examinations as one indicator of the new curriculum’s value. In 2017 and 2018, the school’s fourth-year students recorded aggregate scores on the clinical proficiency portion of the exam that placed them in the nation’s top two or three classes.

Dr. Gordon also said: “The school has a strong emphasis on social responsibility, locally and as a partner in global health initiatives. All pre-doctoral students serve in community clinics for periods ranging from five weeks to five months.”

School moves up in rankings

The University of Washington School of Dentistry moved up one spot to No. 4 in the United States and retained its worldwide ranking of No. 14 in the newly released 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings assessment of dental schools.

Dr, Anderson with student
Dr. Marty Anderson, co-director of the Operative Dentistry clerkship, demonstrates a procedure for a third-year student.

The school trailed only the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina in the U.S. rankings, moving past New York University. In the global rankings, the University of Hong Kong dental school was deemed the world’s best, followed by King’s College London and the University of Michigan.

QS, a prominent British educational organization, bases its rankings on its global surveys of academics and employers, which it uses to determine a school’s international reputation. QS also factors in research impact along with the “h-index,” a metric designed to gauge the productivity and citation impact of a scientist’s or scholar’s publications.

“All of us at the School of Dentistry are gratified by our ranking in the 2018 QS report, especially our improvement to No. 4 in the United States,” said Interim Dean James Johnson. “The credit goes entirely to our outstanding faculty and staff, and to our researchers.”

“The UW is proud of our School of Dentistry and its decades-long tradition of excellence,” wrote UW President Ana Mari Cauce and UW Provost Gerald Baldasty in a congratulatory message to the school’s faculty and staff. “The QS survey confirms the great respect the School continues to enjoy both in the United States and around the world.”

This marked the third consecutive year the School of Dentistry improved in the rankings. In 2016, the school ranked fifth in the United States and 15th in the world.

In 2014, the School of Dentistry began implementing a new curriculum that reflects changes in dental science and technology, new modes of dental practice, biomedical advances and more. In 2015, the school launched a series of third-year clinical “clerkship” rotations that give students a more focused   exposure to the core skills of general dentistry and more repetitions of dental procedures.

The school has also instituted a fourth-year General Practice Clinic, which strives to duplicate the experience of private practice. It has also added a series of five-week rotations at community clinics around Washington for fourth-year students, aiming to improve their proficiency.