The University of Florida College of Dentistry’s 2015 Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Site Visit for the predoctoral program and advanced education programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, orthodontics, pediatrics, periodontics, and prosthodontics is September 28 through October 1.
All accredited dental education programs receive a site visit every seven years, except for oral and maxillofacial surgery, which are reviewed every five years. To prepare for the site visit, dental institutions complete a comprehensive self-analysis and prepare a self-study report detailing its resources, curriculum, policies and operational standards.
The site visit consists of an on-site review conducted by CODA team members from the dental profession who are selected for their expertise in the various program areas. They conduct interviews with administrators, faculty, staff, residents and students to verify the information submitted in the self-study report, with an overall goal of ensuring the programs meet minimum accreditation standards.
The CODA team members then write a detailed site visit report based on their findings and share it with both the sponsoring institution and the commission. The commission meets twice a year (usually January and July) to review site visit reports and make accreditation decisions.