University of Maryland School of Dentistry
|About the School of Dentistry|
Established as the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1840, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry is the world's first dental college. It has successfully upheld the aspirations of its founders, Drs. Horace H. Hayden and Chapin A. Harris. The school of dentistry is an exciting place to be, a place with unique history and tradition in our profession, yet eager to embrace the future. The school's mission is to improve the quality of life in Maryland through education, research and service related to health, with special emphasis on improving dental, oral and craniofacial health through comprehensive education, research and service programs. The school is led by Dean Mark A. Reynolds, DDS '86, PhD, MA.
The University of Maryland School of Dentistry offers exceptional educational programs for prospective members of the oral health professions. The school was the first in the world to offer a science-based curriculum in dentistry and is committed to maintaining its position as a leader in oral health education. In addition to the doctor of dental surgery degree, the school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in dental hygiene and graduate programs in oral and craniofacial biological sciences and experimental pathology. Advanced dental education in the following programs is also offered: advanced education in general dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. A six-year combined certificate/MD program is offered in oral-maxillofacial surgery. Selected PhD and DDS/PhD students are supported through a National Institutes of Health training program in oral biology and neuroscience and funds from the Dean's Office. The student body is one of the most diverse in the nation and the school has more than 6,500 living graduates working in oral health professions.
The school of dentistry is Maryland's predominant provider of comprehensive and emergency oral health services for individuals of all ages, including the underserved and disadvantaged. Each year, nearly 35,000 people are served through more than 122,000 patient visits. The school is the largest provider of oral health care to persons living with HIV and Medicaid-eligible children in Maryland. The Special Patient Clinic provides easy access and specialized care for medically-challenged patients.
From local to global, the school of dentistry has a long history of service to the world community. The school currently has collaborative agreements with a number of international academic and public health institutions. In Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S., dental students participate in a wide range of externship opportunities as a required part of the curriculum. Many students also volunteer for non-academic community service.
The University of Maryland School of Dentistry is rapidly developing its research programs. The school ranks fourth among the nation's dental schools in NIH funding. It is the home of the University of Maryland's Organized Research Center on Persistent Pain, devoted to multidisciplinary approaches to the mechanisms and management of chronic pain. Through the center, school of dentistry researchers collaborate with colleagues from the school of medicine, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins University.
In early 1999, the school celebrated the opening of the Center for Clinical Studies and the Brotman Facial Pain Clinic. The center and clinic provide facilities for studying and treating facial pain and conducting clinical trials and clinical research.
Perhaps the most exciting happening for the school is the completion of a new school of dentistry building. The new building, which opened in the fall of 2006, enhances all aspects of the school's mission with a positive impact on scholarship, teaching, research and patient care. The new facility cost $142 million, of which the state of Maryland committed $103 million, with a challenge to the school to raise the balance from private sources. This marks the state of Maryland’s largest financial commitment for an academic building.
With a prestigious history, ambitious current endeavors, an eye to advancing technology and a new building, the school of dentistry is once again a pioneer in dental education and patient care..