Designing the ideal interdisciplinary medical learning environment

University of New England
College of Dental Medicine and Interprofessional Education Clinics

Portland, Maine

In order to better serve their community, the University of New England decided to create a new College of Dental Medicine program.  The program compliments the degrees currently offered at UNE through its College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, and College of Pharmacy. Kahler Slater served as the dental education architect to plan and design the College of Dental Medicine Clinic and an Inter-Professional Education Clinic in association with local firm Port City Architects. The clinic provides an academic environment in which students learn and practice dental techniques on other students, as well as actual and simulated patients.

The Inter-Professional Education Clinic provides comprehensive, high quality, patient and family-centered primary and preventive health care to residents of Portland and surrounding areas. The curriculum integrates public health, oral health, behavioral health, osteopathic manipulative treatment, occupational and physical therapy, and medication therapy management in order to provide holistic care. The College of Dental Medicine provides approximately 12,000-15,000 patient visits per year in the Oral Health Center and an additional 20,000-25,000 visits per year in the community-based network.