March 6, 2018

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.