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College Park Clinic Honored for Serving the Community

Written by Adam Zewe

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry clinic in College Park has been honored for providing vital dental services to the Prince George's County community. The clinic received a Community Partner Award from Resource Connections, a nonprofit organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities achieve independence. "Receiving the award was unexpected. I'm proud of what we've accomplished," remarks Carol Anderson, DDS, MS, director of the clinic.

The clinic, located in the Health Center on the UM College Park Campus, was founded in 2006. The six-chair treatment center provides a full range of dental services to UM students, faculty and staff, as well as individuals from the local community. The clinic has treated an increasing number of patients from Prince George's and Montgomery counties since its inception. Some patients lack easy access to dental care, while many continue seeking treatment because they enjoy the friendly rapport they build with students, Dr. Anderson states.

Fourth-year dental students, hygiene students and Advanced Education in General Dentistry residents treat patients in the clinic during rotations and externships. The students and residents develop skills working alongside other clinicians in the Health Center, which is an interprofessional environment, states Doug Barnes, DDS, MS, director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. The clinic improves access to dental care for both UM students and underserved patients. "It's important to publicize the School of Dentistry brand within the community. We now have an alliance with the College Park campus, so this is a great way to collaborate," remarks Dr. Barnes.


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