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I would like to call your attention to a couple of new resources that explore oral health across America and our region.

A new comprehensive report from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Oral Health in America:  Advances and Challenges, is the culmination of two years of research and writing by hundreds of contributors. The report is a follow up to the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America which was published in 2000. 

Dugoni School faculty member Dr. Elisa Chávez played a leadership role by serving as associate editor for the report’s Section 3:  Oral Health Across the Lifespan:  Working-Age and Older Adults. Dr. Chavez is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and also serves as director of the Pacific Center for Equity in Oral Health Care. 

Explore the executive summary and download the full report on the NIDCR website

Closer to home, faculty members Dr. Geraldine Gerges Gaid (acting chair of our Department of Pediatric Dentistry) and Dr. Chávez collaborated with Mr. Jeffrey Lewis from the Legacy Health Endowment to author a white paper on the oral health needs of children and older adults in California’s Central Valley. The announcement also highlights the Endowment’s sponsorship of a student’s dental school tuition in return for service to the local community for three years after graduation. The white paper is available here.   

Congratulations to our faculty members for your involvement in these projects — and so many others — that advance our understanding of oral health and overall health.

This past Saturday, the family members and relatives of Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni held a memorial mass in his honor at the St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City. I had the opportunity to attend and it was wonderful to see the family and many of our graduates and friends. A recording of the service is available

Also last Saturday, the CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry conference concluded at the Moscone Center. Approximately 3,500 people attended in person with another 1,000 attending online. It made history for the city, given that it was the first major conference held in San Francisco since last year’s closure of the conference facility in March.

While the event was much smaller than in previous years, our school’s commitment to CDA and to the success of the event was as strong as ever. Thank you again to those who participated as speakers, helped staff the school booth, gave tours of the school, or connected with alumni during the Class of 2001 outdoor gathering at the InterContinental. We even had three volunteers from the school available at the event to provide rapid COVID-19 tests and vaccines as well upon request.

On a related note, congratulations to our student Dan Wang, DDS ’22, for being selected as the CDA September Student Spotlight. Read her perspectives about life in and out of dental school

American Dental Assistants Association - Dental Assistant Recognition Week

Dear Dugoni School Family,

This week offers us a timely opportunity to thank and recognize our many dental assistants during “Dental Assistant Recognition Week,” being celebrated nationally March 3-9, 2019. Feel free to visit the American Dental Assistants Association website to learn more.

This year’s theme is “Today’s Dental Assistants — Polished, Poised and Professional.” Those descriptions certainly reflect the quality of the dental assistants who work with us at the Dugoni School. Our clinics would not be as successful without their unique skills and keen attention to patient care.

We are glad our dental assistants are part of the Dugoni School family. They play an important role as we strive to fulfill our school’s purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

Thanks to all of the alumni and guests who joined us in San Francisco for the 117th Annual Alumni Meeting! We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with classmates and learn some lessons that will help you go from “Good to Great” in your practice. What a wonderful and warm gathering of the Dugoni School family. Special thanks to our Alumni Association board members, staff and volunteers who really shined in putting together the event, held for the first time at the InterContinental Hotel. The team is already working hard on the program for next year, so we hope you will put March 3-4, 2017 in your calendar.

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Dugoni and Drs. Gabby and Gary Thodas who were honored with the association’s highest honor, the Medallion of Distinction, at the recognition luncheon. We also are extremely thankful to the reunion class members who contributed so generously to their class gifts, and to everyone who was able to join us for the Legacy Ball, our signature event to celebrate our core value of philanthropy. Special thanks to our Foundation board members and Development team for hosting this wonderful night.

As I mentioned in my luncheon remarks, it is an exciting time to serve as interim dean as we look for ways to refocus on our future. We are relentlessly focused on excellence in our programs. We are investing in people, our most valuable asset. We are also committed to addressing the challenge of the rising cost of higher education by supporting our students and programs through philanthropy. These are ambitious goals, but together the Dugoni School family will accomplish them and build an even brighter future.

In other celebrations among soon-to-be alumni, our DDS and IDS graduating classes recently enjoyed their retreat to the Asilomar conference center. In just two years, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of the first Asilomar weekend. Since 1968, this well-loved tradition has given our graduating students the opportunity to gather as a class one last time.

These two events exemplify the strong bonds that the Dugoni School creates among students and alumni. Thank you for staying involved in your dental school family. You were a dental student once, but you are an alumnus of your school for life. We look forward to seeing you at future events and staying in touch in other ways.