WDA commends Gov. Walker’s support of Marquette University School of Dentistry expansion

$500,000 investment in dental education will help more Wisconsinites get care

WEST ALLIS, WIS., Feb. 12, 2013 – Dr. Timothy Durtsche of La Crosse, president of the Wisconsin Dental Association, today released the following statement after Gov. Scott Walker announced he is designating $500,000 in his proposed 2013-15 state budget to allow for 20 additional dental student slots per year at the Marquette University School of Dentistry.

“WDA is a strong supporter of the Marquette University School of Dentistry expansion, and we commend Gov. Walker for this important investment in dental education in our state. Marquette is an accredited institution that has graduated top-quality dentists for nearly 120 years and this state money will help ensure that at least half of the dental students trained at Marquette will continue to be from Wisconsin.

“Additionally, Marquette has long partnered with the state, through its seven clinics and other programs, to provide cost-effective care to more than 27,000 low-income residents from 65 of the state’s 72 counties every year.

“With the expansion set to open in August of 2013, the timing of this second wave of state support is excellent. This investment is smart and forward-thinking – expanding an existing, proven institution is a fast, efficient and cost-effective way to deliver oral health care to Wisconsin residents.”