I think that the University of Louisville School of Dentistry is well suited for DMD research. I would because we have a variety of options open to them. We have DMD students who come and just do casual research. We have DMD students who come and do a summer research program. We have some students who do a Masters of Science or biology at the same time as their DMD degrees. And for exceptionally driven students. We have a PhD/DMD dual degree.
The curriculum is designed in such a wonderful way that the students will have the opportunity to do research while they're in clinics working. So everything has been so wonderfully designed that it gives a student, who were additionally interested in research to do it while they have-- while they're part of an like clinic intensive program as well.
Our graduate faculty and our research faculty are drawn from schools throughout the university. So we have researchers and student research mentors that are from the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health and Information Sciences, arts and sciences and engineering. So the students really get a broad and rich perspective when it comes to participating in research. Most important thing that our students that who participate in research, whether it's on a short term or long term basis, is that they come away with enhanced critical thinking skills. This allows them to make evidence based decisions.
We are very high in the national rankings of NIH funding with a very successful research record at NIH.
Aside from being top rank in terms of our dental and craniofacial research funding, the School of Dentistry has faculty that are world renowned in their respective disciplines. Many of us, you know, we have funding, we have publications, but we see our students as our legacy. And I think that's really something special that the School of Dentistry faculty provide to students that are interested in research and research opportunities.
I think our students get a lot from these programs. Some students are just interested in research. Some students already know they want to be the next generation of dental educators, as some students and we're commonly used their qualifications research here to become successful applicants to dental residency programs.
If you want to be more and just someone that's learning in dental school, want to be part of the process of discovery, generate new knowledge, and move the field forward to really pushing the boundaries forward, providing the very best care that you can provide, then you want to participate in research.
The amount of attention and the individual focus this faculty gave to towards the success of a student. I just loved it.