UNLV School of Dental Medicine, the only accredited dental school in Nevada, opened its doors during fall 2002 offering a doctor of dental medicine degree to an initial cohort of 75 students. Each year, the school receives more than 1,800 applications for only 80 positions in the predoctoral program, educates more than 320 predoctoral students and 52 dental residents, and completes approximately 70,000 patient visits.

Faculty and staff have been actively engaged in federally- and privately-funded research totally more than $11 million and external funding since 2005. The school has provided more than $5.1 million in free care to more than 20,000 Nevadans between 2011 and 2019 through funded community outreach initiatives, and more than $3.5 million in free care through philanthropic support at onsite clinics.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the school’s emergency areas remained open. Between March 23 and June 30, 2020, faculty, staff, students, and residents in the Emergency Room and Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry areas screened more than 2,200 patients with emergent, urgent, and other oral health care needs, and treated more than 1,400.

During this year’s Rebels Give event, the school is focused on raising funds that support direct patient care, especially for those facing financial hardships. Your philanthropic contributions to the programs listed below ensure the neediest in our community receive the oral health care they need, which also supports invaluable educational experiences of our students. 

 

Philanthropic gifts offset materials costs and enable the school to treat more patients.

 

  • UNLV Dental Medicine Gap-in-care -- Our patients who have entities such as Medicaid support and private insurance often need out-of-pocket monies to fully pay for their oral health treatments. The school’s Gap-in-Care fund can be used to cover costs not covered by third-party payors. The Gap-in-Care fund also helps reduce the burden for our patients who may be experiencing personal and financial challenges, but are critical to the clinical education model for our dental students.
  • Children's Clinic -- Initially started for underserved children who benefited from the annual Give Kids a Smile event, the student-run Children’s Clinic provides care to children 5 to 12 years old. 
  • Saturday Morning Women's Clinic -- The Women’s Clinic delivers free dental care to victims of domestic violence. Patients for this clinic are temporary residents at the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter, or other shelters in Las Vegas.
  • Saturday Smile Dental Clinic (Homeless) -- Saturday Morning Smiles Clinic delivers dental care to at-risk adolescents and homeless adults who are unable to obtain state services. 
  • SGT. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic (Veterans) -- Started in 2007 by alumnus Dr. John Ferrin in memory of his brother, the Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic serves the oral health needs of underinsured or uninsured veterans. 

Rebels Give - To Dental Medicine!
Rank State Gifts
1 NV 3
2 KS 1
2 IL 1
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Colleges and Units Leaderboard
Which College or Unit is leading the way.
Rank Area of Giving Gifts
1 Athletics 331
2 Graduate College 241
3 College of Liberal Arts 238
4 Lee Business School 167
5 College of Fine Arts 85
6 William S. Boyd School of Law 83
7 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) 80
8 William F. Harrah College of Hospitality 75
9 Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering 70
10 Alumni Association 66
11 Greenspun College of Urban Affairs 66
12 College of Education 53
13 College of Sciences 51
14 Division of Student Affairs 43
15 School of Nursing 37
16 Areas of Greatest Need - Annual Fund 35
17 Honors College 30
18 Academic Success Center 28
19 School of Integrated Health Sciences 22
20 Community Engagement 20
21 Military & Veteran Services 19
22 School of Public Health 18
23 KUNV 91.5 FM / UNLVTV 18
24 UNLV School of Medicine 17
25 University Libraries 17
26 The Office of Diversity Initiatives 9
27 School of Dental Medicine 6
28 International Programs (Study Abroad) 6
29 Career Services 4
30 Rebel Advocates 2
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What is your UNLV graduation year?
Thank you for loyally supporting UNLV. Go Rebels!
What is your UNLV graduation year?
Rank Answer Donors
1 2021 46
2 2020 43
3 2019 34
4 2017 31
5 2005 29
6 2018 26
7 2010 24
8 2015 23
9 2011 23
10 2012 23
11 2007 20
12 2009 20
13 2013 20
14 1994 19
15 2014 19
16 2016 18
17 2022 18
18 1998 17
19 2008 17
20 2004 16
21 2003 15
22 2002 15
23 1992 14
24 2006 13
25 2001 13
26 1999 13
27 2000 13
28 2023 12
29 1990 11
30 1995 11
31 1985 10
32 1997 10
33 1996 10
34 1984 8
35 1991 7
36 1988 7
37 1986 7
38 1993 7
39 1983 6
40 1980 6
41 2024 6
42 1989 5
43 2026 5
44 1978 5
45 1981 5
46 1974 4
47 1987 4
48 1982 4
49 2025 3
50 1977 3
51 1969 2
52 1975 2
53 1957 1
54 1972 1
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