4:19 PM EST, January 8, 2013
After a $1 million dollar grant, the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School hopes to prepare doctors in a whole new way.
The grant from Delta Dental enables the school to provide students with an oral health curriculum.
Students will spend 30 hours between clinical training and lectures.
Teachers say the elderly are far more likely to see a physician than a dentist, and not enough doctors are looking close enough for oral cancers.
"Our program here is definitely unique when you look across the country,” Dr. Charles "Bud" Conklin of Carilion Clinic Dental Care said. “Something of this magnitude and the number of hours that have been dedicated is virtually nonexistent."
The grant will also help with service projects and research.
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