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Dr. Barnes Named Chairman of New Department of General Dentistry

Written by Adam Zewe

Professor Doug Barnes, DDS, MS, has been appointed chairman of the Department of General Dentistry. Dr. Barnes, who most recently served as director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program, assumed leadership of the department on July 1. He will continue to direct the AEGD Program.

The Department of General Dentistry will be home for the general practice managers, the AEGD program and pre-doctoral general practice clinics. "The new department will ultimately be creating a clinical environment that will mimic private practice as closely as possible. Hopefully, this model will allow students to progress farther than they have in the past," remarks Dr. Barnes.

Dr. Barnes plans to intensify general dentistry training for pre-doctoral students, sharpening the focus on general dentists as treatment coordinators. Students will learn to collaborate with specialists to provide the highest level of care. In addition, students will gain additional experience treating patients through the streamlined clinic, Dr. Barnes says.

The new department fosters interaction between pre-doctoral students and AEGD residents. Students can refer more demanding cases to AEGD residents, who may provide guidance and advice for their peers, Dr. Barnes explains. Additionally, the new department will incorporate the Diamond Scholars Program, which offers a select few high-achieving senior students the opportunity to take on more advanced cases.

For Dr. Barnes, who graduated from UMSOD in 1983, leading the new department presents exciting career challenges. The chairman of the Department of General Dentistry is a newly-created position. "I'm looking forward to creating a whole new concept for the treatment of patients at the School of Dentistry and a model that will be new and exciting for students," he concludes.

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