Dean’s Message

2016 UF CDE Course Guide

Welcome to the 2015-2016 edition of our annual course guide


In February 2015, I began my tenure as the dean for the University of Florida College of Dentistry which goes hand-in-hand with the theme for the college’s Continuing Dental Education Course Guide: new beginnings and new frontiers. Until this year, most of my career was spent in public health and research, most recently with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, so moving into the dental education arena in Gainesville, Florida, marks a new beginning for me both personally and professionally.

I am particularly looking forward to the challenges and the rewards of working with the faculty and staff of this college to educate the future of our profession — the dental students and residents. One of the college’s responsibilities is ensuring that, in addition to having a solid foundation in general dentistry, our students are well-prepared to incorporate the newest technologies and techniques into the care they provide. For this reason ourcurriculum includes rapidly evolving technologies such as cad-cam restorations, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) radiography, implant dentistry and more.

These cutting-edge educational programs, in an advanced format, are available to you through the UF Office of Continuing Dental Education (CDE). Courses are presented by a variety of instructors including UF faculty, other nationally-recognized experts, and private practitioners who are known for their standards of excellence. As CDE builds their course selections each year, they focus on achieving a balance between core oral health standards while also offering the courses you need to remain at the forefront of new dental frontiers.

We invite you to investigate the wide variety of high-quality courses offered in the pages of this guide and to share your thoughts on how we can improve to better serve you. Thank you for your continued support of our programs, our school and our chosen profession as we all work together to prepare for new beginnings and new frontiers in the art and science of dentistry.

With kind regards,

Dean Isabel Garcia
Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Dr. HaddixJames E. Haddix, D.M.D.
Assistant Dean for Continuing Dental Education
UF College of Dentistry