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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released interim infection control guidelines related to COVID-19 for dental facilities. We wanted to share this news to help get this information in the hands of dental professionals as soon as possible.

The guidelines are available on the CDC's website.

We hope you are doing well as we all adapt to our changing environment due to the pandemic.

Dear Dugoni School alumni family,

I hope you are staying well amid all of the disruptions of the recent days and weeks. Our thoughts are with you, your families, your patients and others who are being affected by COVID-19.

Our team has been meeting daily to monitor the situation, communicate with colleagues across the country and communicate updates regularly to the Dugoni School family.  I want to take this opportunity to also update you about how the Dugoni School is helping to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and community. In response to the rapidly changing environment, we have adjusted our operations in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • After the San Francisco directive to “shelter-in-place” earlier this week, we have temporarily closed our San Francisco Campus from March 17 – April 7. Due to the sudden directive, we have shifted our final exams to next week. Those exams will be held online. Starting March 30, our didactic courses will be delivered online at the start of our Spring Quarter. Faculty and students have been trained and we have conducted pilot deliveries of this methodology. Our clinics are now closed with the exception of emergency phone consultations with patients of record. We will re-open our campus after we learn more about the ending of the shelter-in-place directive and public health advice.
  • Our employees are working from home and we have enhanced our telecommuting capabilities to allow us to service the needs of the Dugoni School family.
  • As advised by public health leaders, we are canceling all on- and off-campus university events in the coming weeks. This includes events such as our Dugoni Discovery Day admissions open house and an upcoming CE program. We also have suspended international and domestic travel for non-essential university-related business in accordance with our university guidelines.
  • If you have any needs from our Alumni Association, our staff is always available for you. Please reach out and learn more via the Alumni Association web page.
  • Please note that to date, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases on any of Pacific’s three campuses. More university-wide updates are available on a university web site FAQ page.

Additionally, I want to share several links you may find of use for yourselves or your dental practice team members:

  • Friday, March 20: An on-demand COVID-19 infection control webinar. Our own faculty member, Professor Eve Cuny will co-lead an on-demand webinar for the ADA, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education as we all navigate the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to our profession. If you are interested in receiving a link to the webinar (available on demand on Friday afternoon), please sign up here.

The steps we have taken are to ensure the best path for us to help keep everyone in the Dugoni School family and the broader community healthy. Our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives seems to be in laser focus during this time period.

Together, I know that we will weather this storm both as a school, as a university, as a community, and as a profession.

We deeply value our relationship with all of you – our alumni, friends and supporters.  We will keep you updated with new information as we look ahead and resume our normal programs and events when we are able to do so.

Be well and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.


Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD

Dear San Francisco Campus Family,

We continue to monitor the changing recommendations and situation and we are abiding by the countywide “shelter-in-place” order announced today by Mayor London Breed and public health officials and other leaders from across six Bay Area counties.  The directive begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and involves San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties. This will result in a closure of our San Francisco Campus for students, faculty, staff, patients, and guests from Tuesday, March 17 to Tuesday, April 7.

We are adjusting the final exam schedule for Dugoni School students to shift the exams to next week. This will give our students and faculty more time to prepare for these online exams.  We are also working with all of our departments to prepare online courses for the upcoming quarter. We will stay in touch with our students by email in order to communicate updates about next quarter’s clinical and academic programs.

Our Dental and Audiology clinics will be discontinuing clinical services from Tuesday, March 17 to Tuesday, April 7. Today will be our last day of emergency clinical care. We will triage patient calls for emergency services by phone and will refer patients to San Francisco General Hospital as needed.

To all employees on the San Francisco Campus: Please stay home starting on Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 7. Please stay in touch by email with your manager or director if you have questions.

We will send additional information in coming days, but our first priority is to make sure our campus community stays safe and healthy.

We will continue to keep you updated. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones during this challenging time. I am grateful for each one of you and have your health and well-being in our thoughts.

Be well,

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD


The national celebration of “Dental Assistants Recognition Week” takes place every March. We would like to thank the many dental assistants we have on our campus, and those we work with regularly at affiliated community sites throughout the Bay Area.

This year’s theme is “A 20/20 Dental Assistant — Looking Toward the Future” and acknowledges the growing importance of dentistry’s role in health care and the responsibilities of dental assistants. Feel free to visit the American Dental Assistants Association website to learn more.

Dental assistants are an essential part of the oral healthcare team and our clinics would not be as successful without their skills. So, be sure to thank our dental assistants as you work with them this week, and throughout the rest of the year.