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Cedric Papa (third from left, top) launched the Humanitarian Dentistry Organization earlier this year.

Cedric Papa, Class of 2012, is the creator of the Humanitarian Dentistry Organization (HuDen), a new, completely student-run organization at the Dugoni School. HuDen was created to celebrate humanitarian dentistry; serve as a resource for current humanitarian dentistry groups; and publicize ongoing volunteer and service projects at the dental school.

HuDen became Cedric’s brainchild when he realized he had no venue to celebrate and share with his classmates the pro bono dental service taking place all around them.

"There are so many things that our mentors would have us learn during our short time as dental students. I feel that learning to serve altruistically is one of the most important,” says Cedric. “So I went through the appropriate channels and gathered amazing students who share my vision of celebrating and supporting humanitarian dental work."

Currently supported by over 100 students, HuDen is completely student-run with 13 officers organizing various events on campus. The organization plans to incorporate faculty during the coming year as the group continues to grow in size.

"I have always been fascinated by the positive changes that one can bring about in the lives of others via service," says Cedric. "I’ve led multiple groups down to Central and South America and have realized that dental service is contagious and with the proper exposure it can evolve into a lifetime commitment.

“Helping others is limited by your capacity, time, and resources, but there are no limits to the effects of teaching people how to help others. HuDen is about attitude adjustment,” he adds. “If we get several new dentists hooked on the rush and the memories that come from reaching out to those in need, then I believe we did a greater service and accomplished more than just donating our own time to a clinic."

An article about Cedric and HuDen was recently published in the ADEA Bulletin. The article can be found at ADEA login required (free to join).

For more information about HuDen and its activities, contact


We're excited to announce the launch of the Dugoni Practical Leadership Initiative. Dentists are leaders whether they choose to be or not. The DPLI has been created to provide additional learning opportunities and practical leadership skills. We'll explore three themes: yourself as a leader, leadership of a team, and leadership of a community.

Throughout the course of the year, DPLI will host one session per month. The six-session series will focus on topics such as business management, joining a community as a new dentist, motivating staff and colleagues, and other leadership-centered topics. The initiative will include guest speakers, small group discussions and a mentorship program.

Interested? Contact Dan Hammer at or Jonathan Gluck at

In order to fulfill the requirements of participation, the first DPLI meeting on Nov. 10 is mandatory for all participants. Following that night, students must attend three of the next five sessions to successfully complete the program. Events will be held in the evening after school and clinic hours, aproximately 5:30 to 7:30pm. At the end of the year, there will be a celebration event for participants. We hope to see you at the events!

November 10, 2010
Personal Preferences in Leadership: How does your personality affect those you lead?

Everyone is different. We have different ways of communicating, managing change, and leading others. Understanding your personality is an excellent tool to develop yourself as a leader of your team.

December 1, 2010
Dental Business Management 101
Dental school teaches us how to diagnose, restore, prevent, and maintain. But it doesn’t teach us much about hiring, firing, marketing, and managing. These things will occupy a lot of your time in practice.

January 26, 2011
Joining a Community as a New Dentist: Where do you start?
So you’ve graduated from Pacific, packed your things, and are ready to start a new job in a new place. Most likely, there are already dentists and doctors in the community. How can you meet them, earn their trust, and learn from them?

February 16, 2011
Escaping the Dental School Vortex: Where do you see yourself in the future?
Sometimes, dental school is an all-encompassing 24/7 experience where the days, weeks, and months go by in an instant. But the future is not far off and it’s up to you to decide what it brings. Make a plan for what you want. Think about it every once in a while. Pursue it.

March 1, 2011
Motivating Your Team to Achieve Their Greatest Potential
Your team is only as strong as its weakest link. It’s up to you to turn your weakest link into your strongest ally.

April 13, 2011
Experience Leadership
There are a lot of different things to do with a DDS: Private Practice, Education, Research, Public Health, Community Dentistry, etc. What do you want to do with yours? Spend time outside of school with a dental professional specializing in your area of interest and learn how to get involved.

DPLI Speaker Series Dates:
November 16, 2010
DPLI Speaker Series: Yourself as a team leader.
January 19, 2011
DPLI Speaker Series: Yourself as a Community Leader
February 2, 2011
DPLI Speaker Series: Yourself as a Leader


Dental students are normally quite peaceful people, but this month, we went to war... with pennies. The annual "Penny Wars" event raises money for local charities. Our school's American Student Dental Association (ASDA) chapter and student-led community outreach program Pacific Pays it Forward co-hosted the fundraiser along with a food drive.

The "Penny Wars" fundraiser challenged students to contribute pennies to their respective DDS or IDS class's change collection, with each penny counting for one point. Students could also add nickels, dimes and quarters to competing class change collections, as these coins counted for negative points.

"We had a great time with the penny wars and food drive fundraiser this week," said Vinni Oberoi, Class of 2012 and Pacific ASDA community outreach coordinator. "A lot of students participated and we're excited to be able to give our donations to City Youth Now and the San Francisco Food Bank."


ArminVahidnia in Golden Gate Park

By Armin Vahidnia, Class of 2012 and ASDA Northern California Community Outreach Coordinator

I’m privileged to serve as this year’s ASDA Northern California Community Outreach Coordinator. This position allows me to be an ambassador between the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and our neighbor dental school, the UCSF School of Dentistry. I’m constantly working to create community service opportunities which will allow us to collaborate and serve the city of San Francisco. My goal is to organize one event per quarter to encourage students from both schools to serve the community and build relationships with future colleagues from across town.

Our most recent event was a park beautification effort in Golden Gate Park. Students from both Pacific and UCSF woke up early on Saturday, August 21 to join together and help clean up the park. The area that we worked on was in the western side of Golden Gate Park, next to the Angler’s Lodge and the Bison Paddock (yes, there were live bison roaming in a meadow across the street from us). The Angler’s Lodge is a popular place for fisherman to practice their casting, and while we were there we saw several children learning how to cast a line. Between the parking lot and the ponds is a wooded hill with native plants including beautiful rhododendrons and flowers of all sorts. They were being overrun and choked out by weeds that we removed and piled up to be hauled away. When we were finished the landscape looked significantly better. The park ranger we worked with told us that we were able to complete more work in three hours than would typically happen in three weeks!

While we did a lot of work, the time went by quickly because the entire time we were getting to know each other and hearing about all the nuances of a different dental school experience. Despite going through different dental programs we share commons goals, including community service as a priority. We finished off the day at a nearby picnic area with ice cream and root beer floats. I’m looking forward to getting to know the UCSF students even better while exploring and giving back to San Francisco. Stay tuned for updates from future events!


It may be cool and foggy here at the dental school’s campus in San Francisco during July and August, but first-year students got a taste of what the rest of the country considers real summer weather when they travelled to Stockton for University of the Pacific's orientation program for new students.

To take advantage of the sunny weather, they played a vigorous game of Spongeball.

Seriously, if you see only one movie this year about dental students getting whacked with wet sponges, pick this one.


Our student members of ASDA recently hosted a very successful vendor fair at the school, attracting lots of companies (including Apple and Colgate) and attendees. Students got a chance to mingle with each other and the booth staff, learning more about a wide array of products and services for the dental field. Read all about it or watch a video of the highlights below