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Dean's Message:

Dear Colleagues in Dentistry,

I recently completed a series of road trips around the state, visiting with alumni and other practitioners in the cities where they live and work. Along with members of our development team, I’ve been to Austin, Beaumont, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Fort Worth, the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio, and hosted the 9th District Society at here at UT School of Dentistry, talking to our alumni and friends about dentistry and dental education.

Over and over again, contemporary issues for organized dentistry and dental education kept coming up, such as preparing graduates for licensure, changing dental practice models and participating in the “voice” of dentistry. Hearing feedback firsthand has been invaluable as our school works with the other two dental schools in Texas to develop new ways to collaborate. And when that happens, we can do a better job of addressing your needs for continuing education, community outreach and for keeping our curriculum up-to-date, despite changing technology and shifts in access to care brought on by economics, patients and practice patterns, to name just a few.

Here in Houston, we’ll soon mark the second anniversary of moving into our new building, and if you haven’t seen it yet, please visit us! We always enjoy conducting tours for individuals or groups.

I may be a little biased, but you can’t find a better place to spend a Friday or Saturday completing the continuing education courses you need. Hope to see you soon at UTSD!


John A. Valenza, D.D.S.
William N. Finnegan III Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Dental Sciences
The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston