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Meet the Class of 2017

The diverse class comes to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) from across the country and from a variety of backgrounds. Here is what a few members of the class of 2017 have to say:

McCarthyLindsey McCarthy, of Frederick, Md., chose UMSOD in part because she knows that it is technologically advanced. She has always enjoyed her visits to the dentist and wants to, "help people have that same good experience," she remarks.

SpachMargaret Spach, of Laguna Niguel, CA., has worked as a nurse assistant and developed an appreciation for the way that oral health impacts systemic health. "I want to be a part of preventative medicine," says Spach. She enrolled in UMSOD because the faculty is well respected and she enjoys Baltimore, where she has worked for the last five years.

ShifletHailing from Bethesda, Md., Jennifer Shiflet will be a third-generation dentist, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. She chose UMSOD because, "it is the oldest dental school in the country, the most technologically advanced, and it is in a great city," says Shiflet.

UramJake Uram is from Philadelphia, Pa., and likes the school's emphasis on technical and clinical skills. Uram says, "I've always enjoyed working with my hands. Dentistry will allow me to do that and help people feel better about themselves at the same time."

LeeAs a jazz musician, Brandon Lee, from Washington, D.C., has a talent for improvisation that he hopes will help him approach dental problems in creative ways. "I chose Maryland because it provides a great dental experience with a diverse group of patients. The school is very modern and the faculty are progressive; they are informed about new teaching methods," remarks Lee.

KabirBinait Kabir, of Potomac, Md., earned his undergraduate degree in neurobiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and his master's degree in biomedical science from Mississippi College. He knew UMSOD was a good school when he heard a dental student give a presentation at College Park. "My mom is an NIH gastroenterologist so I've been exposed to the health care field. I think dentistry is the best fit for me. It is the opportunity for me to develop my own business and have more input on how I would like a practice to run," states Kabir.

The Class of 2017 by the Numbers:

Applicants: 2,766

Students: 130

Male: Female Ratio: 63:67

Maryland Residents: 73

Top non-resident states: Pennsylvania (9), New York (8), Virginia (8)

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  • Posting Date: 08/12/2013