School Dedicates New Innovation Center
Dozens of guests gathered in the northwest corner of the School’s first floor Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2013, to witness the ribbon-cutting dedication of the Dr. Charles Dunlap Innovation Center for Research and Education in Technology.
The newly constructed facility will serve as a test and simulation lab where students can gain hands-on experience with the latest state-of-the-art equipment provided by different manufacturers. The Innovation Center exposes students to both the clinical and business sides of running a practice melding those with ethical practice underpinnings. They will explore models such as group practice, sole practitioner and independent contractor. Among other skills, they will learn team leadership and critical business evaluation techniques.
Dental and dental hygiene students will rotate through the clinic, which houses seven dental operatories that enable students to experience the direction of dental practice in the future through this state-of-the art facility.
The Innovation Center at the School of Dentistry is a collaboration with the Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET), a group of leaders from the dental industry. CRET also worked with Loma Linda School of Dentistry in California to create a clinic there; the UMKC School of Dentistry is CRET´s second project.
Six manufacturers donated equipment to the 2,026-square-foot center. The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation and other alumnae and friends of the School honored Dunlap (DDS, ’60), who had a 45-year career at UMKC. About $2.25 million was raised for the Center and its staffing. James Trotter (DDS, ’60), a clinical assistant professor, will serve as the Center’s director.
The Dr. Charles Dunlap Innovation Center for Research and Education in Technology
Stanley H. Durwood Foundation