From Midwestern University's press release:
Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive
Officer of Midwestern University (MWU), announces the appointment
of M.A.J. (Lex) MacNeil, D.D.S., as the inaugural Dean of the
College of Dental Medicine, Downers Grove, Illinois.
Prior to his appointment at MWU, Dr. MacNeil was the Associate Dean
for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of
Oral Health Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
Faculty of Dentistry in Vancouver, Canada. In the early 1990's, Dr.
MacNeil was actively involved in the development of continuing
education programs and clinical practice guidelines for dental
practitioners in British Columbia, serving as chair for both
related committees of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. He
joined the faculty at UBC in 1994 after practicing dentistry full
time in the Vancouver area for 20 years and serving as a part-time
clinical faculty member at UBC in prosthodontics since 1982. Dr.
MacNeil has published widely and brings outstanding expertise to
the new College of Dental Medicine.
The appointment of Dr. MacNeil is one of the first steps in
Midwestern University's plan to seek approval from the Illinois
Board of Higher Education and the Commission on Dental
Accreditation for a new center of learning in dental education in
the state of Illinois. The University intends to offer a Doctor of
Dental Medicine (DMD) degree on the Downers Grove Campus starting
in 2011. In the new DMD program, students will complete a four-year
curriculum that includes didactic basic medical and dental science
studies, preclinical simulation modules, extensive patient care
based clinical dentistry and community centered clinical
experiences. The inaugural class will consist of 125 students.
That is Great to have Midwestern open a for profit school not supported by the state, much nimbler and new administrations. The catch 22 is the overabundance of dentists and dental practices in Downers Grove and the western suburbs reduces practice population thus less money. The other side of the sword is since there are plenty of top tiered dentists, they are willing to teach because of less time in the practice. I wish them well.<br />Sincerely,<br />Dr. BDC<br />www.denturesdownersgrove.com
Posted by: Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 05/16/2011