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Why choose RIDE?

The Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program will produce additional dentists to serve patients in rural and underserved areas of the Northwest. As the population of the region has grown, the dentist per capita ratio has declined. Many dentists in the region are older than the national average, and retiring dentists are not all being replaced, especially in rural areas. In Washington State, for example, 50% of dentists are predicted to retire by 2013. In addition, there are federally designated dentist shortage areas throughout the Northwest. Without additional capacity in dental education, these communities will face increasing dentist shortages.

Prospective students interested in RIDE must first apply and be accepted to the University of Washington School of Dentistry.  Would you like more information about ADMISSIONS?

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