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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.

Please join me in congratulating Kathryn Shimizu from the DDS Class of 2022 for having her essay, “More Than Teeth: What Your Dental Team Wants You To Know About Health Misinformation,” selected to represent the Dugoni School in the American Dental Association’s 2021 Health Literacy in Dentistry Essay Contest. Thank you Kathryn for taking the time to share your thoughts in this national contest! 

Also, congratulations to Dental Hygiene Program Director, Professor Lory Laughter and her fellow co-authors of “Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology for the Dental Hygienist,” for being recognized as a finalist in the Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2021. Their publication was highlighted in the “Nursing and Allied Health” category. Read more about the awards.

I have some good news to share as we finish up the week. On Tuesday, the Dugoni School received the Community Excellence Award for Community Engagement from the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District in honor of the many ways we served the neighborhood in 2021. Some of these activities included our clinical services, vaccination efforts, patient emergency care and funding, community outreach, and our public awareness campaign about the importance of oral health.

All of our students, residents, faculty, and staff played a part in making these efforts a success so thank you to each of you. I hope you feel good about your positive impact on the lives of others.

Please learn more in this news story. Also, I had the opportunity to make comments on behalf of the school during a virtual awards presentation you can watch on YouTube below (The school’s section starts at 4:19 and includes pictures of some of our volunteers.)