Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine created the Eldersmile program in 2004 to address the need for dental care for the elderly. Faculty and students provide screenings at local senior centers in order to access people in their communities. Those in need of more in-depth care are referred to the ElderSmile treatment centers in Harlem and Washington Heights. The Eldersmile program also trains students who have the opportunity to specialize in geriatric dentistry.