Welcome to the Department of General Dentistry
The primary mission of the Department of General Dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry is to educate and train students to practice dentistry. To accomplish this mission, students will learn how to manage and provide high quality dental care to patients who seek treatment at the school. All other duties and responsibilities are secondary to this mission.
I am honored to be the chair of the new Department of General Dentistry. My goal is to create a department that defines the practice of clinical dentistry within the school and in dental education; providing a clinical environment for excellence in patient care and student education. It is my intension for my department to help our school build on our stellar reputation, focusing on making our graduates the leaders in clinical dentistry. The Department of General Dentistry houses: the General Practices in the pre-doctoral clinic; the nationally recognized Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program; and the innovative Diamond Scholars Program. All of these programs will be very integral to our school as we shape the future of clinical dentistry.
I believe and support the University core values: knowledge, excellence, leadership, civility, diversity, collaboration, and accountability and will incorporate them into the management of my department. t As we continue to move forward, the department’s focus will be to enrich the schools educational programs especially in the area of clinical training of our students. Additionally, I want to create an environment where everyone in the department can collaborate and thrive. I feel fortunate to be able to lead such a group of talented individuals. We have many new faculty members with an array of talents, and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team in the future.
Douglas Barnes, DDS '83, MS Chair and Professor