Perspectives on the current dental landscape, the future of the profession and ethical concerns

Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: University of Maryland Davidge Hall, 522 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Tuition: Dr. Harry W.F. Dressel, Jr. Memorial Lecture
Free to all UMSOD Alumni

1 CDE credit hour - lecture

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry designated this activity for 1 Continuing Dental Education hour.

Target Audience:  University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) Alumni
Presented by: Dr. George Shepley
Conflict of Interest: Nothing to Disclose.


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Speaker Biography

Dr. George R. Shepley, a general dentist in Baltimore, Maryland, is the president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Shepley served as Fourth District Trustee of the American Dental Association before being elected as president-elect.

Dr. Shepley is a life member of the ADA. He served as an alternate or delegate from 2006 to 2017.
Dr. Shepley has served as chair of the ADA Council on Communications, the chair of the Budget and
Finance Committee and the chair of the Committee on Annual Meetings. He also served two terms on the State Public Affairs Oversight Committee. He has been a Board liaison to the Council on
Members Insurance, the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), the Council on Government Affairs, and the American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC).

Dr. Shepley is an active member of the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA), serving as its president, and he is a current member of the MSDA Dental Association Company Board and the
MSDA Legislative Committee. He also has served as past president of the Baltimore City Dental Society and the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry. He recently completed a six-year tenure as
a trustee for the Academy of General Dentistry, where he also previously served as chair of the Dental Education Council and division coordinator of the Dental Education Division.

Dr. Shepley has received fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has achieved Mastership and was awarded Life-Long Learning and Service Recognition in the Academy of General Dentistry. He received the Maryland State Senatorial Proclamation and Governor’s Citation. He was a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry as a lecturer in Dental Ethics from 2009 to 2012. He also has participated in Maryland Missions of Mercy and has been an active participant in the Donated Dental Service Program since 1990.

Dr. Shepley graduated from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 1977. He has practiced dentistry in Baltimore since 1978. Dr. Shepley and his wife Ellen live in Baltimore and have three children and two grandchildren.

Course Description

We are seeing changes in the dental landscape at an ever-increasing rate. Changes in consumerism, new digital technologies, AI, workforce shortages, decreasing dental benefits, increasing overhead and inflation, disruption and new practice modalities, and diversity among the patients and providers are all contributing to these changes. There are ethical questions regarding private equity entering the practice of dentistry, overtreatment, and how to provide dental care to those in
need in a sustainable model.

Course Objectives

During this course, participants will:

  • Have gained an understanding of the current dental landscape.
  • Have learned the challenges that face the future
    of the profession.
  • Have gained insight into some of the professional and ethical considerations as we move into the future.

Course Requirements

Must be UMSOD Alumni

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