UAMS Names Carter to Lead Development of Dental Residency Program

By Nate Hinkel

Since 1989, Carter has owned and operated Niki Carter Family Dentistry in Little Rock. She has been appointed an associate professor, serving as part-time faculty for the Center for Dental Education in the UAMS College of Health Professions and also for the Department of Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

Carter, an Arkansas native, earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1988 from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Following graduation, she served a one-year general practice dental residency at University of Louisville School of Dentistry Humana Hospital before returning to Arkansas to begin her dental practice.

Carter will lead the effort to secure accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation for a general practice residency at UAMS and will serve as director of the residency program. The goal is for the center to achieve accreditation in 2014 and then begin accepting dental residents in 2015.

Hosting dental residents would increase the number of dentists beginning their careers in Arkansas. That was a goal of the Center for Dental Education when it was established in 2012, along with improving access to dental care for patients and to continuing education opportunities for practicing dentists.

Carter is a member of the American Dental Association and the Arkansas State Dental Association.

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