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Physician Assistant Week is a celebration of those who care for patients in multiple disciplines. Started by the American Academy of Physician Assistants as a one-day event on Oct. 6, 1987, this event aims to raise awareness of the PA profession, thank PAs for the important role they play in medical settings, and encourage people to enter the profession.

Physician assistants are essential for the smooth running of hospitals and performing of healthcare. You can learn more about what they do at this website.

We are happy to be doing our part to support University of the Pacific's Master of Physician Assistant Studies Masters Degree Program here at the Dugoni School. You can learn more about the program here.

Although our primary focus here is oral healthcare, we recognize the importance of supporting overall health. Physician assistants are a crucial part of that endeavor as well, and we deeply appreciate them.

To physician assistants everywhere: you have our thanks for the work you do to help keep people healthy!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and I would like to take a moment to recognize our dental hygienists and celebrate the work they do. They play a critical role in providing care to our patients and are dedicated to keeping patients’ mouths healthy.

National Dental Hygiene Month is designed to increase awareness of how proper dental hygiene is crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth and healthy body. This year, the focus is on four daily routines that can help people maintain healthy smiles: brush, floss, rinse, and chew.

While we can all do our part to take care of our own mouths, there is still no substitute for regular dental care, and hygienists are an indispensable part of the dental team. To dental hygienists here at the school and everywhere else, we want to say thank you!

Dear Dugoni School Family,

Today is a national observance of “IT Professionals Day” and I wanted to send a note of thanks to the many people who work in the Department of Information Technology. Their services support our academic programs, clinics, and every other department here on our campus and throughout the University. We would not be able to do the work we do each day without their involvement, especially when we realize the important role that technology plays in our day-to-day activities.

Again, thank you to the IT team for keeping us all connected and for supporting the varied technology needs of our people and programs.


Dear Dugoni School Family,

A member of our alumni family recently demonstrated one of our core values of leadership and is making his mark on the world stage.

I am pleased to share news about Dr. Arif Alvi ’84 who was elected as President of Pakistan this week. Dr. Alvi completed our Graduate Orthodontic Program in 1984 in San Francisco. He has served as a leader in the profession and in his country for many years.

Feel free to visit the links here and here to learn more about his background in dentistry and public service.

This is an inspiring example of how leadership can take many forms and can even propel us into new fields of service beyond healthcare.