Memorial Day, Excellence Day, Covid-19 Among Dentists, Reopening Progress

Memorial Day provides an opportunity for all of us to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

Congratulations to those involved in the many presentations at OKU-Sutro Excellence Day last Wednesday. It was a great opportunity to highlight clinical cases, research, community service, PIP projects, and other topics. It was impressive to see your great accomplishments in the face of the many challenges of the last year.

Thank you to the OKU-Sutro Excellence Day committee for all of your work on the event: Chair: Dr. Karen Schulze; Faculty: Prof. Eve Cuny, Dr. Des Gallagher, Dr. Alan H. Gluskin, Ms. Lindsey Green, Dr. Rex Hoover, Dr. Terry Hoover, Dr. Jiong Hu, Prof. Lory Laughter, Dr. Cindy Lyon, Dr. Daniel Bender, Prof. Christine Miller, Dr. David Ojcius, Dr. Allen Wong, Dr. Debra Woo, Dr. Andrew Young; Staff: Sandra Derian, Katherine Falk, Joanna Faltys, Annie Han, Rowena O’Connor, Karl Pfeifer, Bonita Wong, Karita Zimmerman.

Read our news story about Excellence Day.

The June issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association features a cover story about COVID-19 among dentists in the United States. Given the production of aerosols during many dental procedures, dentists were thought to be at a higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 than other health care workers at the beginning of this pandemic. Nonetheless, a web-based survey reported in JADA revealed that the COVID-19 prevalence among dentists in the U.S. was low during the last year. The low prevalence is due to the high level of adherence by oral health care providers to strict infection control guidelines. Dentists, dental hygienists, and the dental team continue to follow the strict protocols, which should allow them to protect patients and dental clinic employees in the future. Read the report

New city initiatives are moving forward to support the post-pandemic recovery of downtown San Francisco. In our immediate neighborhood, Moscone West will undergo significant cleaning and repairs in July. Moscone West was being used for homeless sheltering services during the pandemic, but will transition back to use for conventions. At the end of June, the large white shower trailers on Minna Street will also be removed.    

Mayor London Breed last week announced a $9.5M proposal to support the downtown community. Funds would go to a series of downtown community ambassadors, improvements to Hallidie Plaza (at Powell Station), and other public spaces; and performances and events to welcome the return of downtown employees and visitors. Learn more here.

Be well, and my best wishes to you as we complete the last week and a half of a memorable academic year.