A Living/Learning Residence for Dental Students

The School of Dental Medicine plans to open a new residence for its students this August, making it the first in the nation to offer a housing option specifically for its students that integrates teaching and learning. Dental House, located on Osage Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets within a few blocks of the School, features 44 units, including six one-bedroom and 38 studio apartments.

"We believe this is an important step for the School in supporting our students," says Dean Raymond Fonseca. "It is in line with our strategic plan to provide an environment in which students have a sense of well-being and in which the School strives to maintain the highest possible standards for our physical facilities."

Amenities at the Dental House will include PennNet Computer connections in each unit, a pre-clinical laboratory where students can practice dental procedures on models, and a community room for hosting special events and guest speakers. A faculty fellow will also occupy a suite in the building to serve as an advisor to the residents and oversee the special programs planned within the facility.

Any School of Dental Medicine student is eligible for residency here. According to Sheila Royal-Moses, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, monthly rentals will be comparable to the market rates for apartments in the University City area. Apartments will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and accepted residents will sign a one-year, renewable lease.


Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 32, May 11, 1999

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