Explorer Online


    Because of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person courses for the remainder of 2020, with the intention to begin our in-person courses again in 2021. We are working on setting up new dates and times for each in-person course, keeping in mind the safety of all attendees. We will be updating the courses on our Continuing Education website as dates are confirmed: In the meantime, you can join us virtually for the following webinar, which has two available dates:

    Dec. 1, 2020
    Dec. 12, 2020

    7 PM – 8:30 PM
    9 AM – 10:30 AM Central

    Done online via Ring Central webinar. Link to webinar will be sent out upon registration.



    3 ADA-Recognized hours

    Dentists, dental hygienists
    and dental assistants


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    Save the date for these upcoming alumni events

    Royals Opening Day
    Thursday, April 1, 2021

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    Faculty News of Note

    DR. TIMOTHY COX, professor and endowed chair in Dental & Mineralized Tissue Research, Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, is an author on four publications:

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    UMKC Dental Students Featured in Contour Magazine

    THE AUGUST 2020 issue of ASDA Contour Magazine featured articles from the following students:

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    Paying Tribute to Retirees with Nearly 100 Years of Combined Service to the School

    THE UMKC SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY faculty, staff and students shared a virtual farewell with Dean Marsha Pyle and
    six others who are retiring with nearly 100 years of combined service to the school. Colleagues paid tribute to Dean Pyle,
    who is leaving after almost 12 years at the helm, and these others:

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    Faculty Appointments



    Tanya Villalpando Mitchell (DH ˇ95, MS ˇ01), RDH, MS, professor and director of Graduate Studies, Division of Dental Hygiene, has been appointed to a two year term as the Chair of the Division of Dental Hygiene.







    Dr. Bhavika Thakkar, clinical associate professor, Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences, has been appointed interim assistant director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program.








    Dr. R. Scott Conley, associate professor, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, has been appointed director of the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Program.

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    A Different Look but Still a Cause for Celebration as Students Transition into the Profession

    THE LOOK WAS different but thepurpose was the same at this year’s Transitioning Into the Profession Ceremony. The Dental Surgery Class of 2022 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2021 were welcomed to the clinical phase of their educational programs Sept. 18.

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    Legacy Students

    THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY is proud to have many multigenerational families and realizes success comes in part from its rich history, with roots stretching back to 1881. Here are the legacy students from the DDS Class of 2024 and DH Class of 2022.

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    Masks Can’t Hide Excitement at Orientation

    THE SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY held orientation sessions August 19-21, complete with masks and a review of extensive pandemic safety precautions, that certainly looked different from years past. But that didn’t keep the new dental and dental hygiene students from bringing the same focus, enthusiasm and desire for learning.

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