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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Advanced Clinical Training & Services Program

Service learning for dental students

ACTS Program

The Advanced Clinical Training & Services (ACTS) program is a service learning program in which fourth-year dental students provide dental services for eight months in an underserved community; either in fixed safety-net clinics or through the Colorado Smilemakers mobile dental clinic.  Under the supervision of practicing dentists, students provide dental care to children and adults whose access to services is constrained by financial, geographical, physical or medical factors.  There are over 25 clinical sites, including community health centers and rural communities where the mobile van travels.  The ACTS program provided 19,229 visits or over $3.1 million in uncompensated care in addition to the $1,635,000 of uncompensated care in the school’s direct patient care clinics and $152,700 by the Mobile Dental Clinic in 2009. 

For more information on the ACTS program, please contact Robert Berg.