University of Connecticut Health Center
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|UConn Health Center|
|Location||263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, Connecticut, United States|
|Affiliated university||UConn School of Medicine, UConn School of Dental Medicine, UConn Graduate School|
|Lists||Hospitals in Connecticut|
The University of Connecticut Health Center is an integrated academic medical center that is involved in three areas: academics, research, and clinical care.
The UConn Health Center is at the center of Bioscience Connecticut, a plan introduced by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011.
Based in Farmington, Connecticut – a suburb of the state’s capitol of Hartford – the UConn Health Center is home to the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital, UConn Medical Group, UConn Health Partners, University Dentists and a thriving research enterprise.
Health Care Services 
John Dempsey Hospital: The university hospital, John Dempsey Hospital provides specialized and routine inpatient and outpatient services for adults. It is active in geriatrics, maternal fetal medicine, cardiology programs, cancer care and orthopaedics. In addition, the John Dempsey Hospital is home to the only full service Emergency Department in the Farmington Valley.
Through Bioscience Connecticut, construction will begin in 2013 for a new patient care tower on the Health Center campus, as well as renovations to the existing John Dempsey Hospital. The projects are expected to be completed in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
Outpatient Care: The physicians of the UConn Health Center form the region’s largest multispecialty practice. This includes a wide range of outpatient services, ranging from primary care, OB/GYN and dermatology to personalized services for older adults through the UConn Center on Aging, and many specialty services. Patients are seen on the Farmington campus, as well as satellite offices in West Hartford, East Hartford, Avon, Simsbury and Southington.
In all, the practice includes more than 450 physicians in more than 50 specialties.
Through Bioscience Connecticut, a new Ambulatory Care Center will be constructed on the UConn Health Center campus to house existing services and support the work of new faculty that will be joining the UConn Health Center.
Dental Care: University Dentists, the group practice based on the Health Center’s Farmington campus, provides preventive, corrective and restorative care for patients of all ages. In addition, the student and resident run dental services provide an affordable safety net for patients with little or no insurance.
The UConn Health Center is home to a modern Center for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry that offers contemporary dental implant therapies and is engaged in sophisticated research into bone growth and augmentation.
Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC): The Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC) program, a partnership with the Department of Correction, delivers comprehensive managed health care to State of Connecticut inmates. Medical, mental health, dental and ancillary services are provided in all 18 facilities across the state.
The Health Center offers degree programs in medicine (M.D.), dental medicine (D.M.D.), and biomedical science (Ph.D.); master's degree programs in public health and dental science; postdoctoral fellowships; residency programs providing specialty training for newly graduated physicians and dentists; and continuing education programs for practicing health care professionals. Combined degree programs, such as the M.D./Ph.D., D.M.D./Ph.D., Dental Clinical Specialty/Ph.D. and M.D./M.P.H. are also offered.
The UConn Health Center is the only academic health center in the nation where a medical school was founded concurrently with a dental school. As the schools took shape during the 1960s, their planners took advantage of their simultaneous evolution to forge links between them. Most notably, medical and dental students share an essentially common curriculum during the first two years of their four-year degree programs. During this period they study the basic medical sciences together. This experience provides UConn's dental students with a foundation in the biomedical sciences that undergird the dental profession. Reflecting its close ties to medicine, the dental school awards its graduates the D.M.D. - doctor of dental medicine.
Each year in Farmington, about 320 students work toward their medical doctor's degree and 160 toward their doctor of medical dentistry degree. Admission to each school is highly competitive, but both schools offer preferential consideration to qualified Connecticut residents in their admissions policies. The Health Center graduated its first students in 1972.
Through a variety of residency programs, the School of Medicine provides postgraduate training for more than 550 newly graduated M.D.s each year. These physicians come from all over the country to acquire advanced skills in fields such as the surgical specialties, internal medicine, and primary care. Some of the residency training occurs on the Health Center's main campus, but much of it takes place in community hospitals in Greater Hartford - thus extending the Health Center's influence far beyond Farmington.
The UConn Health Center houses the Hartford Medical Society Historical Library. This history of medicine collection is rich in 19th century American monographs, serials, pamphlets, manuscripts and artifacts.
The Health Center recruits distinguished researchers with expertise in neuroscience, molecular biology, molecular pharmacology, biochemistry, cell physiology, toxicology, and endocrinology, among other fields. The Alcohol Research Center is one of only fourteen such federally supported centers in the nation; the Connecticut Clinical Chemosensory Research Center is one of five.
In 2010, the university established the Cell and Genome Sciences Building, which includes its new Stem Cell Institute as well as cell biology and genetics research in its Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling and Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology. The new center allows UConn scientists to work in a cross-disciplinary, collaborative setting in stem cell research and accelerate discoveries that ultimately could lead to therapies treating a broad range of diseases and disorders.
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