The A.T. Still University (ATSU) dental school in Arizona has received a $1.7 million, five-year grant to expand interprofessional education among dental, medical, and physician assistant students.
The grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It will allow dental students at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) to collaborate in clinical settings with medical students from ATSU's School of Osteopathic Medicine and physician assistant students from ATSU's Arizona School of Health Sciences, according to the university.
During the five-year grant period, the university estimates that nearly 8,500 underserved patients will be served by 1,950 students and faculty through the enhanced workforce training initiative.
"This funding will greatly enrich interprofessional education at ATSU," stated Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, ATSU-ASDOH Dean and Grant Project Director, in a press release. "Funding will support development of clinical curricula and experiences, bringing together three health professions to fully realize Dr. Andrew Taylor Still's vision of whole person healthcare."