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