- Marshfield dental education facility
- Final report: Wisconsin Dental Education Feasibility Study
- Marquette University School of Dentistry
In July 2014, the Wisconsin Dental Association commended Marshfield Clinic for its decision to focus on existing and successful oral health access programs and to return a $10 million building grant to the State of Wisconsin.
- WDA statement | view the WDA’s statement issued on July 9, 2014
In December 2010, Marshfield Clinic obtained the release of $10 million in state bonding from the Wisconsin Building Commission on what the organization is finally admitting would be used to pursue a second “dental school” in the state.
- WDA statement | view the WDA’s statement issued on July 21, 2011 regarding the State Building Commission’s clarification that $10 million in state monies for Marshfield be used for “dental outreach facility” only
- Wisconsin Department of Administration letter | view the letter providing clarification that the state grant may not be used to fund the construction of a dental school
- DOA clarifies state’s position (October 2011) | view the letter providing subsequent explanation of how state funds are to be used to expand dental education access
- WDA statewide letter to the editor | view the WDA’s response to the Building Commission’s decision
- Marquette dental school response | view Marquette University School of Dentistry’s response
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Dental Advisory Committee released its final report that analyzes the various ways the state could invest in dental education and improve access or oral health care in rural and underserved areas.
- Final report | view the final report issued in March 2010
- DHS website | visit the state department’s website for more information
MUSOD, located near downtown Milwaukee, is Wisconsin’s only dental school.
It has a reputation for graduating quality dentists and has been the chief supplier of dentists for our state since 1894.
Over the past 12 years, 83 percent of Wisconsin residents and 15 percent of nonresidents have remained in the state to practice after graduation.
Currently, 61 percent of all practicing dentists in Wisconsin are MUSOD graduates.
A mid-sized dental school, MUSOD has 80 pre-doctoral students in each of its four-year classes (40 Wisconsin residents and 40 nonresidents) for a total pre-doctoral student population of 320. It also has nearly 40 post-doctoral students/dental residents each year.
MUSOD nonresident tuition for the 2012-13 academic year is $49,650. Due to the State’s Contract for Dental Education (or Capitation Contract) under the Higher Educational Aids Board, the in-state tuition rate is $37,930 with the state picking up about $8,600 or 18.6 percent for Wisconsin residents.
Average debt for a 2010 MUSOD graduate was $202,690.
Each year, the state provides funding for three programs to help MUSOD serve Wisconsin residents:
- $2.6 million under a Department of Health Services’ Dental Clinical Contract to provide oral health care to underserved populations. The value of services provided in Milwaukee MUSOD clinics alone is more than $12.7 million for a six-fold return on the state’s investment. Each year, MUSOD dental clinics serve nearly 20,000 patients with more than 80,000 patient visits and provide care to more than 6,700 Medicaid patients.
- $59,895 to support a school-based sealant program on Milwaukee’s south side
- Previously noted $8,665 per Wisconsin-resident with up to 160 in-state residents funded during a given school year for a total of $1.3 million to offset costs of attending MUSOD.
There are an estimated 400 vacant faculty positions at the 61 U.S. dental schools (includes one in Puerto Rico) according to the American Dental Education Association. The most acute need is for clinical and specialty faculty.
The discrepancy between practice and dental education salaries is the primary factor affecting faculty recruitment and retention.