University Senate Proposed: September 16, 2005
RESOLUTION TO CHANGE THE NAMES OF
THE SCHOOL OF DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY TO COLLEGE OF DENTAL MEDICINE;
THE FACULTY OF DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY TO FACULTY OF DENTAL MEDICINE;
THE DEPARTMENT OF DENTAL AND ORAL SURGERY TO DEPARTMENT OF DENTAL MEDICINE
WHEREAS the name of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery has been in use since 1923 and reflects a now antiquated terminology, which is no longer applicable, and
WHEREAS the administration and the faculty of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery have requested a name change to reflect the current educational and professional focus of the institution, and
WHEREAS this proposal has the strong support of faculty, students, and alumni, and
WHEREAS this proposal has the endorsement of the Executive Vice President for the Health Sciences, and the Provost of the University;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the University Senate approve this proposal and forward it to the Trustees for action after the appropriate document has been prepared that sets forth each of the specific proposed changes in the University Statutes necessary to carry out the intent of this resolution.
Proponent: Education Committee
PROPOSAL TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE
to establish a
On July 1,
1923, the College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York was
merged with the
The term “college” is defined as: “… a society or corporation of persons having common functions and rights…” 4 emphasizing a learner-centered institution, in contrast to a “school”, defined as: ”…a place or establishment of instruction”, in which a body of teachers “expound their views” 4,5. This term is teacher-centered. We view our institution as an adult learning community, which would be more appropriately designated by the term “College”.
On several occasions the University has stated and reaffirmed its policy on dental education. In the 1916 pamphlet “A Dental School on University Lines”:
Dentistry and dental education are on the threshold of extraordinary development but are unable to take advantage of their opportunities because of the traditional separation of dentistry and medicine. Dentistry has been shown by recent investigations and research to be logically a branch of general medicine. 1
At the time of the merger, the University’s policy was reaffirmed in the 1923-1924 Bulletin 6:
It is the purpose of the
The University’s policy for dental
education has been consistently followed to the present day. The School was
indeed a model for some of the recommendations that were made in the 1995 study
The terms “Dental and Oral Surgery” in the School’s name have emphasized the manual operation of the profession. On the other hand the term “Dental Medicine” comes closer to the University’s policy and furthermore it more broadly describes the art of preserving and restoring the health of the teeth and their surrounding tissues.
It is for these reasons that a name change is proposed.
1. Bulletin of the Faculty
of Medicine 1950-1951. Announcement of the
2. Minutes of the Meeting of
the Trustees of
3. Journal of Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery at the occasion of Gala 75. November 7, 1992
6. Bulletin 1923-1924 School
of Dental and Oral Surgery of
7. Field M.J. (Ed) (1995)
Dental Education at the Crossroads.
8. Baum B.J. (2004) Will dentistry be left behind at the healthcare station? J Am Coll Dentists 71 (2): 27-30.