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CS Week 2019

Dear Dugoni School Family,

This week marks “International Central Service Week” and I would like to take a moment to recognize and thank the members of the Central Sterilization and Dispensing Department. These professionals are on the front lines of patient and provider safety. They are the team members responsible for cleaning, decontaminating, sterilization, assembling, testing, and otherwise managing the instruments and equipment used on our patients.

Learn more about the role of central service professionals and International CS Week

Our clinics could not function safely or successfully without their valued contributions. Please take a moment to thank the members of the team when you get a chance.

Dear Dugoni School Family,

As we celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month and National Dental Hygiene Month, I would like to thank our orthodontic and dental hygiene teams for all they do to serve our students, residents, and patients in October and throughout the year.

National Orthodontic Health Month

This year, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is taking a new direction in observing National Orthodontic Health Month, which is also National Bullying Prevention Month. The AAO has teamed up with anti-bullying organization Stand for the Silent and invites members worldwide to help to raise awareness of the effects of bullying. Learn more about the Stand for the Silent initiative.

National Dental Hygiene Month 

Communications are designed this month to promote good oral health in the community and the wonderful work of dental hygienists. There is more information about this year's partnerships on the ADHA website.

Also, feel free to explore resources and information on the California Dental Hygienists' Association website.

Please join me in taking a moment to acknowledge the efforts of our hard working ortho and dental hygiene teams.

Thank you

The global dental community recently came to San Francisco — more than 30,000 oral healthcare professionals — for the ADA/FDI World Congress, and we were thrilled to showcase the Dugoni School family to them.

Congratulations to our many Dugoni School alumni, faculty, students and staff who participated in the conference as presenters or attendees, and for being involved in numerous other affiliated meetings and special events.

One of the highlights of the week was our "5 on Fifth" celebration on Friday, September 6. It was exciting to see nearly 2,000 people enjoying the reception at our school’s campus, commemorating our five-year anniversary at 155 Fifth Street. The event attracted the largest number of visitors we have ever had in the building since our new campus opened in 2014.

Thanks to all of you who volunteered at or attended the event. This was a huge team effort that involved many of our school’s departments. I've received many comments from leaders in our profession who were so impressed meeting our students and residents, seeing our facilities and learning more about our people and programs. We also were fortunate to attract numerous sponsors who helped cover the cost of the event, and we are grateful to them. Read more and view photos from the "5 on Fifth" celebration on our website.

The Dugoni School alumni family also had strong representation at the ADA House of Delegates and other organized dentistry meetings. In fact, the majority of the leaders of the ADA District 13 contingent (pictured) are alumni from the Dugoni School. It was also exciting to see recent alums Dr. Dan Hammer '11 and Dr. Brian Hathcoat ’12 (pictured) who were presented with their national "10 Under 10" awards by the ADA for the impact they are making on the profession less than a decade after graduating. Leadership is one of our core values, and our students and alumni exemplify what it means to be leaders every day.

I am so proud of the Dugoni School's involvement in dentistry on a local, national and global level, and for what you all do to keep our educational programs strong. Each of you is an important member of our school family. Together we are doing great things to make a positive impact on the profession today and into the future!

It is with sadness that I share the news about the recent passing of Dr. Roy Eversole, a giant in the field of oral pathology. Dr. Eversole’s long history with our school goes back to 1973 when he started as an Associate Professor and Chair of Pathology.

Dr. Eversole literally wrote the book on this subject with his authorship of Clinical Outline of Oral Pathology, one of his four textbooks that helped educate thousands of dental students here and elsewhere. He saved the lives of countless patients through the education he provided as a faculty member with us, in his scientific papers, by his numerous CE presentations, and through his Oral Pathology Diagnostic Service in San Diego. He last presented to us at the 2018 Alumni Association meeting where he gave an “Overview of Oral Mucosal Lesions” to a full and admiring audience.

Remembered by family and friends as a true Renaissance man, he had a unique ability to inform and entertain students. I am sure many of you have stories from his courses over the years.  I certainly have many fond memories of him as one of my professors.

You can read his obituary online here.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his family. His work will live on.