A Timeline of Our History

From the beginning, Touro College of Dental Medicine has been a pioneer in building a dental education program for the future. As the 66th dental school to open in the United States, the first new one to open in New York State in more than 50 years, and the first one in the U.S. under Jewish auspices, it has had an ambitious vision from the start – to graduate expertly trained, compassionate dentists, equipped to practice in the 21st century.

JUNE 12, 2012

A comprehensive proposal for the Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) is presented to stakeholders at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees

TCDM main building

APRIL 10, 2013

NYMC acquires an IBM research building at 19 Skyline Drive and makes plans to connect it to its main campus.

APRIL 1, 2014

TCDM applies for initial accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Dr. Jay Goldsmith and Dr. Edward Farkas

JUNE 1, 2014

Leadership is appointed, including Dr. Jay Goldsmith, Founding Dean.

MAY 16, 2015

The Commission on Dental Accreditation schedules an initial accreditation site visit for August of 2015.

AUG 11, 2015

The Commission on Dental Accreditation conducts its initial accreditation site visit, the first of three visits over four years.

group shot of TCDM students

JAN 7, 2016

TCDM receives its first applications from prospective students across the nation.

FEB 4, 2016

TCDM receives initial accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

MARCH 7, 2016

The NYS Department of Education conducts a site visit to TCDM.

APRIL 19, 2016

The New York State Board of Regents votes to allow TCDM to confer the DDS degree.

JUNE 7, 2016

Construction of academic learning spaces and administrative offices begins on the 4th floor of the Skyline building.

group shot of TCDM students at orientation

JULY 5, 2016

TCDM’s inaugural class arrives for orientation.

Dr. Kadish cutting ribbon at TCDM grand opening

SEPT 28, 2016

A Grand Opening for TCDM, the newest dental school in the nation, is attended by the President of the ADA and other notable leaders.

Dr. Jay Goldsmith and Dr. Edward Farkas reviewing plans at building site

OCT 26, 2016

A pedestrian-friendly quarter-mile driveway is completed connecting 19 Skyline Drive to the NYMC campus.

students walking on campus

JAN 1, 2017

Construction of Touro Dental Health, the college’s 109-chair dental training facility, commences.

Dr. Ronnie Myers

JULY 1, 2017

Dr. Ronnie Myers is appointed Dean.

JULY 5, 2017

TCDM’s second class arrives for orientation.

JANUARY 5, 2018

Initially staffed by faculty, Touro Dental Health officially opens to the public, providing unequaled dental resources in the region.

APRIL 15, 2018

The Class of 2020 receives a pass rate of 94.5% on the National Board Dental Examination Part 1, above the national average of 90%.

APRIL 24, 2018

The Commission on Dental Accreditation conducts its second accreditation site visit.

students in white coats at ceremony

JUNE 3, 2018

TCDM holds its first White Coat Ceremony which symbolizes the students’ transition to clinical care.

students donning gowns

JUNE 18, 2018

Touro Dental Health welcomes its first group of student dentists to deliver hands-on dental care.

JULY 5, 2018

TCDM’s third class arrives for orientation.

mobile clinic

DEC 10, 2018

TCDM announces its first student externship affiliation with the Westchester Institute for Human Development.

two dental students

JUNE 1, 2019

TCDM’s second class of students transitions to the clinic, joining their partners to provide patient care as a team.

JULY 2, 2019

TCDM becomes a fully subscribed program with the arrival of its fourth class for orientation.

JULY 22, 2019

Touro Dental Health unveils a 6,800 square foot expansion of its clinical facilities, including 28 new dental chairs.

student with match results

JAN 22, 2020

TCDM participates in its first successful residency match, resulting in 85 matched spots.

group shot at groundbreaking ceremony

FEB 19, 2020

A groundbreaking ceremony is held for Touro Dental Health’s new 6-chair pediatric practice.

MARCH 2, 2020

TCDM’s senior class completes their CDCA licensure exam with a 90% pass rate.

graduate in gap and gown

MAY 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, TCDM hosts its inaugural commencement for the Class of 2020 virtually.

interior of pediatric clinic

SEPT 2020

Touro Dental Health Kids, a new 2,600 square-foot, family-friendly pediatric dental practice, opens to the public.