As you look through the guide you will notice significant changes that give the guide a fresh look and also enhance the format to provide greater ease of use.
However we have not changed the high quality, diverse content of the continuing education programming we offer. We made tremendous strides in the past few years towards becoming your trusted resource for continuing education and life-long learning and we will continue on this path.
We now have two flagship programs:
- The Comprehensive Dentistry Program, our AGD mastership track course. It is the only AGD mastership track program in the country that can be completed in 25 months and 2014 will mark the matriculation of our 28th class.
- The Executive Practice Management Program for Dentists. This program bridges the knowledge gap from clinical dentist to business owner. The course is so innovative that the American Dental Association has co-sponsored the program with us.
Many people don’t know that the Office of Continuing Dental Education is considered an auxiliary unit of the university and thereby does not receive any state funding. All expenses must be covered by program revenues; expenses include speaker honoraria, staff salaries, office overhead, office equipment, university administrative overhead, etc. As you can see, we need and value your participation in our programs. And if any of you are feeling particularly philanthropic, we have established an account at the University of Florida Foundation to receive gifts from friends.
To those of you who already participate in our CE programs, thank you so much for your ongoing support and for your trust in our ability to ensure you remain current in your professional skills and learning. To those of you who are new to the UF Continuing Dental Education programs, welcome to our Gator Dental learning community and our tradition of excellence in dental education.
I am proud to be serving as the interim dean of the college, following Terri Dolan’s retirement from the university. She is, of course, a tough act to follow but I am committed to maintaining the overall excellence of our teaching, research and service missions, including the top-quality life-long learning programs offered by our Office of Continuing Education.