University Provost Announces Closure of Dental Residency Programs then Reverses Decision

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The School of Dentistry has faced a massive budget shortfall for some time now. On October 30, 2017 Gerald Baldasty, PhD., Provost of the University of Washington sent a memo to the School of Dentistry informing them that he would "teach out for only the Oral Radiology Residency and the General Practice Residency programs" and "Suspend new matriculation into the resident/graduate program for Pediatric Dentistry." These actions were being taken to try to mitigate the financial difficulties that face the School, and give them time to develop a "sustainable academic business plan."

This decision generated significant concern from the UWHA, the GME, others in the University Community and the State Legislature. The UWHA was contacted by State Representative Michelle Caldier to provide a letter of support in her efforts to convince the Office of the Provost to reverse this decision which we gladly supplied. Also, we submitted a formal demand to bargain the effects of these decision to discuss how such an action would affect the residents involved.

We have now been informed that the Dr. Baldasty has decided to reverse this decision. This is wonderful news and are grateful that the Office of the Provost listened to all these concerned voices.

However, this issue is far from resolved. The School of Dentistry still faces a massive budget shortfall. For now they have made the decision to close the Pediatric Dentistry building in the Magnuson Complex. The School of Dentistry still has some hard decision ahead of them to meet their financial obligations. We will be following this issue closely.

For more information see this article from the Seattle Times:

Also, the Seattle Times has been following the School of Dentistry budget shortfalls for over a year, get caught up here: