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Dean Stohler Delivers State of the School Address

Written by Adam Zewe

Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent, recapped a year of milestones and discussed exciting opportunities during the 2011 State of the School Address, entitled "The Amazing Race." More than 100 faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as University President Jay A. Perman, MD, and Maryland State Dental Association President Diane Romaine, DMD, attended the Nov. 28 presentation.

The School of Dentistry will be a leader as the U.S. healthcare industry adapts to meet growing demands, Dean Stohler says. UMSOD forges strong partnerships with other university institutions, especially the School of Medicine and School of Nursing. "The School of Dentistry is no longer standalone. We need that interaction at all levels," he remarks.

Dean Stohler congratulated faculty and staff for their efforts during the successful accreditation process. The School of Dentistry remains extremely competitive, attracting the largest student applicant pool in school history. The Dean also applauded the school-wide adoption of electronic patient records. "We felt compelled to introduce an electronic patient record because our students will likely practice in a world where digital technologies are going to be the mainstay," he explains. According to Dean Stohler, scientific discovery remains a major priority, as researchers earn grants from many diverse sources.

In the future, the School of Dentistry must seek new revenue streams, he says. Academic improvements and new clinical endeavors will make the school more competitive, even as financial challenges increase. "Given the economy, we are in good shape. We are robust enough to deal with the challenges coming in the years ahead," Dean Stohler concludes.

Click here to watch the 2011 State of the School Address.

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