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UNM gets $2.5 million for special needs dentistry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico has received a five-year, $2.5 million federal grant for its special needs dental clinic.

The money will allow UNM’s Department of Dental Medicine to hire a coordinator, who will oversee academic and patient care associated with the dental residency program, the university said in a news release. The focus will be on intellectually and developmentally disabled patients.

The grant will also help pay for a second-year dental residency curriculum that will focus on treating patients with special needs.

The school’s dental medicine department has 48 dental hygiene students and 10 general dentistry residents.

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