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Dear Dugoni School Family,

Happy Cinco de Mayo to you today on May 5. The date commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, and today the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

Today is also #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to COVID-19. Today we are highlighting the Dugoni School Student/Patient Emergency Fund. Thank you to those who have made a gift of any amount already to this fund. The pandemic has created unforeseen financial hardships for many of our patients, some of whom have lost jobs, are depleting meager savings for rent and groceries, and may have even incurred medical costs they cannot hope to pay. When our dental clinics reopen, there will be so much need for our students to help these patients. In return, our students will complete their Dugoni School education with essential clinical training. To learn more or make a gift, visit our crowdfunding site here.

We have some positive news to share about two of our students — Patrick Pansoy IDS ‘20 and Beniel Tamraz DDS ’20 — who successfully finished the ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program. The program provides students and residents the opportunity to become involved in academia by providing structured research, mentoring, and insight into what an academic career involves. The program creates a pathway for those who may be considering entering into an academic career.

The accomplishments of the fellows are generally celebrated at the ADEA annual meeting, which was cancelled this year. We thank Patrick and Beniel for their passion for academic dentistry and will look forward to how they will touch the lives of generations of students in the future.

Thanks also to Drs. Parvati Iyer, Bill Lundergan and Nan (Tori) Xiao for their mentorship and ongoing support of the fellows and the program. They have been such great role models for our students.

As we await details for the modifications to the California stay-at-home order and any change in San Francisco specifically, we wanted to share how San Francisco is offering COVID-19 testing. For more info, go to sf.gov/GetTestedSF or call 311.

I would also like to send you greetings from Dr. Dugoni. This is a photo he sent over the weekend of him among some beautiful flowers in Palo Alto.

We send our greetings and well wishes to him. Dr. Dugoni continues to stay closely engaged with the Dugoni School family during these times and shares his appreciation for how well you are all stepping up to stay positive and meet this challenge.

We look forward to sharing more information with you during our next town hall.

Be well and continue following your good safety practices.

Dear Dugoni School Family,

I hope you were able to enjoy some time away from your screens during this beautiful weekend.  I find it hard to believe that it has been five weeks since we were all together in our school home at 155 Fifth Street. We have all adapted with a positive attitude and shifted to teaching, learning, and work from home to keep one another safe. It has not been easy, and I am sure you feel some of the same frustrations that I feel. I miss seeing you in person when I would walk through the building. I miss our celebrations and the warmth of our humanistic culture and environment. I am confident that we will make it through this with the grit and perseverance that I see in so many of you. George Washington said, “perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” Our perseverance and spirit will do wonders in making the Dugoni School family grow and excel through these challenges.

During our Virtual Brown Bag with the Class of 2020 on April 10, some students came up with a very forward-looking and generous idea to support patients in need, once we are able to resume clinical services. We know there will be great need in the community as the financial impacts of the pandemic continue to burden our society.

Students asked whether the funds from the Dr. Henry A. Sutro Oral Rehabilitation Award, for this year only, could be transitioned to our patient care fund to support continuing care for patients who may now be facing economic hardships due to COVID-19. The $100,000 amount would be a significant addition to our fund, which targets chronically underserved individuals in our community.

The funds come from an endowment established by the late Dr. Henry Sutro ’50 and his family. We reached out to the Sutro family last week and they have graciously agreed to this idea. We thank them for their vision and generosity in supporting the change for this year.

As a result, many patients in financial need will be able to have their treatment subsidized. Students, too, will benefit as they will be able to obtain patient experiences that they will need to complete their training, once we are able to resume clinical care.

I also would like to thank the members of the Dugoni School family who pitched in to make a donation to the Dugoni School Student/Patient Emergency Fund. This crowdfunding project has generated nearly $8,000 in donations from 30 people. Thank you for your generosity in helping to grow this fund and help people in need. If you would like to provide support to this critical use, please follow the link here and support the Emergency Fund.

I want to end with gratitude for the incredible generosity of our students in coming up with this idea and our residents, faculty, staff, and alumni.  I cannot say enough about how much you all touch my heart as you continue to live the very best of our values and look for ways to help and support other members of the Dugoni School family and our communities.

Difficult times can bring out the best in people or they can bring out the worst.  This incredibly difficult pandemic has created an opportunity to bring out the very best of the Dugoni School family… I see it bringing out the very best in each of you.

Thank you and be well,

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD
Dean

Dear Dugoni School Family,

During this period of pandemic and financial upheaval, we have created a fund that will support the clinical education of Dugoni School of Dentistry students by working to provide treatment opportunities for patients in need.

The Dugoni School Student/Patient Emergency Fund will help provide vital treatments for patients who are unable to resume or initiate care due to current financial hardships.

While we are currently only offering limited emergency services for patients of record, we want to build this new fund up now. We know there will be growing financial strain in our local communities in the coming weeks and months. We want to encourage patients to return to our clinics when we can fully re-open, and offer discounted procedures to those in need, allowing our students to acquire the clinical experience to be great practitioners.

Your generosity will support our students in their educational endeavors, while helping financially stressed patients, and further strengthen the Dugoni School’s mission of helping people lead healthy lives. We are proud to provide leadership and care in times of crisis and we could not do it without you.

Please help us spread the word to your friends and communities:

  • Please follow Dugoni School on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share our posts and the link to encourage people to visit the site and give.
  • Make your own announcement on your social media letting your friends know about the Student/Patient Emergency Fund, what it means to you, and how they can join in support. Tag @Dugonischool. Alternatively, you may text your video or photo/comment to Craig Yarborough at 415.819.9643.
  • Make a gift! Ask your friends and professional associates to make a gift too. Make an investment in care.

Together, let us make an extraordinary impact on our students and patients.  Thank you.

Dear Dugoni School Alumni Family,

We are saddened to see the impact of the devastating fires on communities throughout Northern California. Members of our alumni family, as well as many of their families, friends, employees and patients, have been affected by the fires.

We encourage you to consider supporting those who have been impacted. One opportunity is via the Northern California Dental Society (NCDS), which has contributed $10K to start a fund specifically aimed towards helping dental assistants, front office team members, and RDAs/RDHs who have lost their homes or jobs due to the fires in the Redding area. Donations by check are welcome to increase the fund and may be sent in care of: NCDS, P.O. Box 9265, Red Bluff, CA 96080. (Tel. 530.527.6764 or email ncds@sunset.net). Dentists in the area who are not affected by the fires have offered their offices in the interim, so dental support is not needed at this time.

For dental professionals affected by the fires, the California Dental Association Foundation has established a Disaster Relief Grant program. Details about how to apply for recovery assistance are on the CDA Foundation web site at https://www.cdafoundation.org.

There are other efforts taking place in communities throughout the region and we encourage you to support local relief agencies in any way you can. If you are aware of fire relief fundraising programs related to the Dugoni School alumni family, feel free to inform our Alumni Association at dugonialumni@pacific.edu or at 415.929.6423. Together, we can provide some assistance to those in need during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

​Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD
Dean