Doctors and dentists don’t have a grand tradition of working closely together. But soon, medical and dental students in metro Detroit will be studying together — learning how to coordinate care and collaborate to prevent chronic diseases in the body and mouth — as a partnership begins in March between Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.
Such programs offer a step forward in a world in which payments will increasingly depend on outcomes — and doctors and dentists can help each other create better ones. Led by deans Robert Folberg, M.D., of OU and Mert Aksu, D.D.S., of Detroit Mercy, the program will bring together about 144 second-year medical and dental students in an all-day course in which both will share case studies in a classroom setting.
In 2020, the then third-year students are expected to collaborate at Detroit Mercy clinics and federally qualified health centers.
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