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Alums

Over the last couple of weeks we had the opportunity to host many alumni and their families, leaders from organized dentistry, and special guests from around the world. Thank you for showing hospitality and the Dugoni School of Dentistry spirit of humanism during these visits.

The California Dental Association’s San Francisco conference was a big success, bringing thousands of dental professionals to our corner of the city. It was impressive to see that nearly 15 of our faculty members shared their expertise as speakers and many demonstrated one of our core values of leadership. Faculty members also led four workshops held in our school’s Anatomy Lab over the three days of C.E. programming.

During CDA, I hosted the deans of the California dental schools and the CDA leadership for a meeting at our school. We had a good discussion about the portfolio exam pathway to licensure, the Denti-Cal reimbursements rates and coverage for patients of dental schools, and other topics that affect us all as dental educators.

Alumni reception

Our alumni reception on Friday, August 21 was a well-attended event, with hundreds of alumni and their family members stopping by the school. Thank you to our Alumni Association board members, staff, volunteers, and our development team who made the event a success. It brought the school family together, reinforced connections among our alumni, and created some new connections. I would also like to thank U.S. Bank for sponsoring the reception. You can view photos of the reception online at https://dugonischool.smugmug.com/CDA-Reception-Aug-2015/

Our new facility continues to be a showcase for visitors, including international dental students and educators. Eight students from Peking University School of Stomatology are with us through September 2. Thank you to all who are making them feel welcome as they learn about our school and American dental education. We also recently hosted representatives from BYBO Dental Group, China’s largest group dental practice organization. All of these visitors are impressed with our people, programs, and new campus, and it is always fun to introduce them to students, faculty, and staff.

Peking students

Thank you for everything you do each day to showcase our values and welcome our visitors.

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I am honored to serve as the Interim Dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and look forward to a successful year for our school community.

Many of you know that I graduated from the Dugoni School back in 1994. While owning my own dental practice, I returned to the school to teach part time in the 1990s. My roles since then have included several faculty positions in all areas of our curriculum, leadership roles as a Group Practice Administrator, Department Chair and most recently as Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. All of these experiences contribute to the tremendous respect I have for the school’s legacy and future. It was, and still is, an inspiring place!

To our students and residents, you have my full support as you pursue your professional training. Our faculty and staff are here to make sure all students and residents have the resources you need to excel in your programs. Above all, we are committed to your success, and that commitment will continue as strong as ever.

To our faculty, staff and alumni, I look forward to continuing our strong and supportive culture. This close-knit family and our core value of humanism help us deliver programs at the very highest level each year. The Dugoni School is renowned for many things, and our achievements are the result of the talented people who are the magic of our school family.

To our patients, members of the community, and wider University of the Pacific colleagues, I look forward to working with all of you. Our clinical services, community outreach and University-wide initiatives are important aspects of our school’s mission. They help inspire our vision of “Leading the Improvement of Health by Advancing Oral Health.”

Thank you all for your support of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Together, we will have a wonderful year ahead!