University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Project Director: Gary Cuttrell, DDS, JD
1 University Place, MSC 09 5020
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131‐0001
Phone: (505) 272-6626 or (505) 272-1161
Fax: (505) 272-1176
Grant Number: D59HP15245
This proposal seeks to acquire funding for the expansion of the University of New Mexico’s one‐year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program from its current 5 residents to 10 residents. The goal of this expansion is threefold:
There are a large number of underserved dental populations in New Mexico ‐‐ children, patients on Medicaid, low income families, individuals living in rural areas, and individuals with developmental disabilities. There are 368,000 children residing in the state. Of these children, 271,928 are on Medicaid and an additional 12,379 children are eligible for State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). New Mexico ranks 48th in the nation for children under the age of 18 living in poverty with 31% of families living below 150% of the Federal poverty guidelines ($17,761 annual income for a family of four is the established poverty threshold).
Twenty‐five out of 33 counties in New Mexico are designated as Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSA), and 43% of the population lives in a dental designated HPSA. The rural New Mexico border area counties have 28.5 dentists/100,000 population as compared to the national average of 63.6 dentists/100,000 population
Of the 815 dentists in the state, 52% participate in the Medicaid program; however, in the year 2005, only 293 dentists had at least one paid claim by Medicaid, and only 229 dentists were paid claims totaling greater than $10,000 during that year.
Populations Served: Medicaid, special needs, and low‐income populations.