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Back by popular demand, the school’s American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Chapter hosted a “puppy playdate” day recently to help students de-stress at the end of the quarter. Family Dog Rescue brought the puppies, which were all eligible for adoption. Students took a break from their studying to cuddle with some friendly and adorable puppies. Now that would put a smile on anyone’s face.

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, but not everyone is able to travel home to spend time with their families. Students who were in the local area on Thanksgiving were invited to campus to celebrate together at a special holiday dinner organized by school volunteers. The event was made possible by funding from the Dugoni School Annual Fund and from generous faculty donors.

More than 50 Dugoni School students, faculty and staff traveled to Jamaica during the school’s fall break for an oral health mission. The volunteers treated underserved patients in three rural clinics and one small clinic set up at their hotel to serve hotel employees. Over the course of the week, volunteers treated 950 patients. Most of the treatment involved extractions and some restorative treatment and cleanings. Additionally, the volunteers delivered 12 stayplates and performed four root canals — this is the first time that root canals have been performed on one of these mission trips. Volunteers also visited local schools to provide children with oral hygiene instruction.

The DDS Class of 2019 recently traveled to University of the Pacific’s Sacramento campus to collaborate with students in the new Physician Assistant (PA) program for a full day of interprofessional education (IPE) as part of the second-year retreat. Students spent the day learning about each other’s profession and how they might collaborate together in the future. They worked together on diagnosis and treatment planning for a case-based scenario where a patient's symptoms include oral health issues. PA students also taught dental students how to conduct eye and ear exams, and dental students worked through a cardiac arrest scenario using the PA program's simulation mannequins. It was a fun day of collaboration, and offered a great chance to meet up with fellow students and see the Sacramento campus!

The week before summer break, the Dugoni School community participated in Spirit Week! Each day featured a different theme such as plaid day, twin day, floral day, class day and Dugoni Day. Students, staff and faculty who participated were given points that were tallied at the end of the week. The event was supported by the California Dental Association and daily prizes were given out to the best dressed in each class.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for winning Spirit Week! Individual winners from each class were Arielle Nagao ’17, Will Keeton ’18 and Ashley Koh ’19 and the raffle winner was Megan Fong ’19.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) and the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) recently hosted a successful Crawfish Boil. More than 200 students, faculty, staff and family showed up for this annual Dugoni School tradition, where crawfish is prepared in the traditional Louisiana style with Cajun spices along with sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, zucchini and onions. This free event is made possible by the generous donation of alumnus Dr. Jason Larkin ’01, Ortho ’03. Student volunteers cleaned and cooked the crawfish with the help of Chuck Frye, who has been a major part of the Crawfish Boil for the past 15 years. The food was put inside of kiddie pools and served on the table for everyone to enjoy! It was a fun event for the Dugoni School family to mingle and for some to enjoy crawfish for the first time.

Many thanks to Sarah Mathai, ASB Rep at Large, for coordinating this successful event!

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Chapter at the Dugoni School of Dentistry recently hosted a successful vendor fair and fundraiser. This year 17 vendors attended the fair to network with the 200 DDS, IDS and Dental Hygiene students that attended. Students got the chance to learn more about the wide array of products, technology and services available in the dental field while enjoying drinks, appetizers and socializing. Raffle prizes included gift cards, electric toothbrushes and Crest HD toothpaste. The event helps fund some of the ASDA chapter activities throughout the year. Special thanks to the many companies that participated!

As the winter quarter comes to an end, students are busy burying themselves in books as they study for exam week. Our chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) decided to host a "puppy playdate” day as a way to help students de-stress. Family Dog Rescue brought the puppies, which were all eligible for adoption. It was smiles all around as students got some much-needed stress relief petting some adorable puppies. Some may have even walked away with a new furry family member!

Minahil Khan, DDS 2018 and organizer of the event, was pleased with the turnout for the event. “Our puppy adoption event was meant to bring students, staff, and faculty together to socialize and de-stress before finals and the event had a great turnout! The area was filled with love and happiness as people played with the puppies and we hope to make this a regular event at our school.”

Each year our second-year DDS and IDS students organize an “Over the Hump” party to celebrate the completion of the first half of our dental program. This year the Class of 2018 students hosted a successful “Night at the Oscars” themed celebration at the Grand Hyatt in Union Square on Feb. 25. Open to all students, faculty and staff, the night featured food, dancing and awards.

The Thomas R. Bales Family Endowment Good Samaritan Award is announced during this annual celebration. The award recognizes the student who shows the most kindness to their classmates throughout the first half of the program. This year’s winner was Katherine Diep.

Congrats to the Class of 2018 on making it over the hump!

Check out pictures from the photobooth >>

Take a look at some class video showcased as part of the festivities: