HackensackUMC Receives Re-accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation

April 16, 2014 12:01 PM

The Department of Dentistry at Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased that its program in general practice residency (12-month) has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.”

“The Department of Dentistry is proud to announce that we have attained our CODA accreditation, which is valid until the next site visit in 2019,” said James A. Ruggiero, D.M.D., chairman of the Department of Dentistry and director of the general practice residency program at HackensackUMC. “We are also happy to announce that we have matched all 18 residents for the July Program 2014, and the schools from which they are going to graduate are very highly ranked.”

Established in 1975, CODA is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as the sole agency to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. CODA's mission is to serve the oral healthcare needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs.

The Center for Dentistry at HackensackUMC is a post-graduate dental training program for general practice dental residents and an evening private faculty practice with experienced dental practitioners. After fulfilling their residency year, residents have the opportunity to apply for a position in the faculty practice. Residents participate in rotations in anesthesia, medicine, emergency medicine and private offices.  The Center for Dentistry accepts 18 residents – nine starting July 1 and nine starting August 1. This overlap allows “buddy” type systems where one group can assist the other. The program offers residents an understanding of oral and systemic relationships in health and disease; it also trains the dentist to provide care within the context of total patient health. The training is designed to develop the skills necessary to diagnose and treat the majority of dental conditions found in private practice and provides specialty referral when appropriate.

The modern dental clinic has computers and digital X-ray machines in each of the 18 fully-equipped operatories. There are more than 60 dental attendings, including specialists who provide both clinical and didactic training (lectures and demonstrations) in all phases of dentistry for both ambulatory and hospital patients. The HackensackUMC Department of Dentistry is home to nationally-recognized, world-class dentists.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   









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