Technology Program Offers Opportunity To Dental Schools

October 21, 2017

By Judy Jakush

The Center for Research & Education in Technology is inviting dental schools to look at what the program has to offer in integrating emerging technologies in curriculum and clinical instruction.

Dr. Edward Rossomando, dentist and Ph.D., is CRET president. Thursday at the Henry Schein booth, he discussed how the CRET Innovation Center program works.

Industry provides new equipment and asks that the participating university provide the space and cover renovation costs for a five to six chair dental office modeled on a private practice setting.

The mission of CRET is “to develop a technology educational program for dental students, dental residents and dental faculty that will promote knowledge and competency in 21st century technology.”

Each school has an advisory board with three CRET members and three faculty members overseeing the execution of the dedicated space and the curriculum.

Last month, the third Innovation Center opened as a free-standing clinic at West Virginia University School of Dentistry. Other centers are at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and the University of Missouri Kansas City’s School of Dentistry. Plans are under way for a fourth center at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.

“The students and faculty are able to use the latest dental technologies,” Dr. Rossomando said. “The equipment is owned and maintained by the industry partners.”

Don Hobbs, CEO and board chair of CRET and vice president, equipment & technology, Henry Schein Dental, said the equipment is rotated out with newer equipment about every three years.

Dental schools interested in the program are invited to view CRET’s website, or contact the program by email at

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