A Tuesday to Give

Dear Dugoni School Family,

Happy Cinco de Mayo to you today on May 5. The date commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and today the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

Today is also #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to COVID-19. Today we are highlighting the Dugoni School Student/Patient Emergency Fund. Thank you to those who have made a gift of any amount already to this fund. The pandemic has created unforeseen financial hardships for many of our patients, some of whom have lost jobs, are depleting meager savings for rent and groceries, and may have even incurred medical costs they cannot hope to pay. When our dental clinics reopen, there will be so much need for our students to help these patients. In return, our students will complete their Dugoni School education with essential clinical training. To learn more or make a gift, visit our crowdfunding site here.

We have some positive news to share about two of our students — Patrick Pansoy IDS ‘20 and Beniel Tamraz DDS ’20 — who successfully finished the ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program. The program provides students and residents the opportunity to become involved in academia by providing structured research, mentoring, and insight into what an academic career involves. The program creates a pathway for those who may be considering entering into an academic career.

The accomplishments of the fellows are generally celebrated at the ADEA annual meeting, which was cancelled this year. We thank Patrick and Beniel for their passion for academic dentistry and will look forward to how they will touch the lives of generations of students in the future.

Thanks also to Drs. Parvati Iyer, Bill Lundergan and Nan (Tori) Xiao for their mentorship and ongoing support of the fellows and the program. They have been such great role models for our students.

As we await details for the modifications to the California stay-at-home order and any change in San Francisco specifically, we wanted to share how San Francisco is offering COVID-19 testing. For more info, go to sf.gov/GetTestedSF or call 311.

I would also like to send you greetings from Dr. Dugoni. This is a photo he sent over the weekend of him among some beautiful flowers in Palo Alto.

We send our greetings and well wishes to him. Dr. Dugoni continues to stay closely engaged with the Dugoni School family during these times and shares his appreciation for how well you are all stepping up to stay positive and meet this challenge.

We look forward to sharing more information with you during our next town hall.

Be well and continue following your good safety practices.