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The American College of Dentists (ACD) Northern California Section honored Maggie Ma DDS ’22 with an outstanding student leader award and Dr. Alan Budenz with a distinguished faculty award. Please see a photo attached from the recent ACD event.

Some great news about our Orthodontic residents and faculty who attended the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists meeting. Four residents presented research posters and 1st and 2nd place awards went to Dr. Daniel Vohrees’ maxillary expansion study presented by Dr. Bianchi and Dr. Kyle Cuenin'sefficacy of caries detection using near-infrared imaging technology.

Congrats to DDS ‘24 student John (Travis) Huang, who won a Most Outstanding in Clinical Research award at the recent Hinman Student Research Symposium at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Thanks to all involved in organizing the Research Symposium for the American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) San Francisco Chapter, held Thursday, November 3 at our school. Students, residents, and postdocs from the Dugoni School, UCSF School of Dentistry and Stanford presented their research posters to attendees and judges.

Some good news about the Dugoni School’s alumni magazine Contact Point, which is receiving an award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the issue “A Tribute to Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni” in the single topic/special edition category. Special thanks to editor Kara Sanchez, the team members in Design and Photo and Marketing and Communications and the magazine’s editorial board for all of their contributions to the success of Contact Point.

Two recognition opportunities are being celebrated this week. National Radiologic Technology Week(November 6-12) celebrates the vital work of our medical imaging and radiology technicians in providing patient care and health care safety. National Allied Health Professions Week (November 6-12) honors the nearly seven million allied health professionals who make a significant impact on our health care system. These professionals comprise 60% of the health care workforce and include audiologists and speech-language pathologists; physical, occupational and respiratory therapists; physician assistants; medical clinical laboratory scientists; EMT and paramedics; imaging specialists; nutritionists and dietitians; and more!

Finally, a reminder about the Free Veteran’s Health Event taking place this Thursday, November 10 on our 2nd floor clinics, offering free dental check-ups, hearing screenings, COVID-19 vaccines, and more. Thank you to our volunteers who are organizing the event on the day before Veteran’s Day. A flyer is attached. Please share with any veterans you may know or share this event link with them.

Two leading dental publications are taking an in-depth look at diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and the roles that educators and practitioners can play in enhancing our profession and improving care for all.

I had the pleasure to co-edit the October issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association, which focuses on the theme “DEIB: Looking to a Future of Equity and Excellence.”  I encourage you to explore the full issue here. It also includes articles from Dr. Mary J. Lomax-Ghirarduzzi, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at University of the Pacific, and Dr. Elisa Chávez, professor at the Dugoni School and Director of our Pacific Center for Equity in Oral Health Care.

The September issue of the American Dental Education Association’s Journal of Dental Education also focuses on ways that the dental education community can strengthen its dedication to DEIB and commitment to health equity.

Explore the full issue here. Along with our last two ADEA principal officers, I was invited to co-author a piece about “HURE Leadership Pathways: A New Landscape of Value, Intentionality, and Belief.” In addition, Dugoni School faculty member Dr. Michelle Brady co-authored two of the articles available here and here.

Also we are proud that one of our students, Aishu Ravivarapu, has been recognized as the 2022 AAOMS Best Poster Award Winner during the recent Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the association.  Congratulations to student Dr. Ravivarapu and her mentor Dr. Fatima Mashkoor.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent CDA conference activities, including speakers at the event, volunteers at the school’s booth in the exhibit hall, and our alumni reception on campus. It was wonderful to connect with our alumni and other colleagues in person. We also held a meeting on our campus for leaders of CDA and all the California dental school deans (see photo attached). Alumni reception photos are available in the online gallery.

We also hosted a symposium with the Santa Fe Group, “Achieving Equitable Oral Health for Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  A Promise – A Pledge – A Plan,” September 6-7 on our campus. Nearly 100 local, state, and national health care leaders attended. Special thanks to Dr. Allen Wong, program director, for his leadership in putting the program together, and to many others from the school who spoke, attended, and helped organize the symposium. Read more about it here.

The September ADEA Bulletin of Dental Education spotlighted our historic fundraising campaign. It was wonderful to see the acknowledgement of this ten-year campaign that included over 5,300 donors!  Also, the BDE included an article about the Men of Color in the Health Professions event that took place in August, which I had the opportunity to kick off as ADEA Chair. Links to both articles are available on ADEA's website.

Today, September 20, is National IT Professionals Day. A big thank you to our Pacific Technology team for all the work they do to support our people and programs. We appreciate the IT team’s cooperative and friendly approach in helping us learn, work, and care for patients.

I would like to wish everyone a happy Juneteenth, as our country officially celebrates our new federal holiday for the second year. Also, I encourage you to read a guest opinion piece written by Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Vice President for DEI at University of the Pacific, which was published over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle.