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Representatives from some of the student organizations at the Dugoni School recently held a club fair to showcase the many opportunities available for students to enhance their dental school experience. More than 20 clubs were on hand to answer questions and recruit new members. Students, particularly from the first-year class, got the chance to mingle with each other and student representatives from the clubs and learn more about the wide array of organizations, clubs and affinity groups available at the school.

Student clubs/organizations that participated in the fair included:

  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • Academy of LDS Dentists
  • Aesthetic Study Club
  • Alpha Omega Fraternity
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
  • American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)
  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA)
  • California Dental Association (CDA)
  • Chinese American Student Dental Association
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)
  • Delta Sigma Delta
  • Dentist Anesthesiologist Deliberation Club
  • Dugoni School Musical Ensemble
  • Dugoni School Peer Support Program
  • Dugoni School Pre-Dental Bootcamp (PDB)
  • Endo Study Club
  • Global Relations Club
  • Implant Club
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Study Club
  • Ortho Study Club
  • Pediatric Study Club
  • Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE)
  • Sports Dentistry Club
  • Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA)

The DDS Class of 2021 recently gathered for the second-year retreat held at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. It was a day spent learning and team building with their fellow classmates. Guest speakers discussed effective communication for individuals with limited health literary and also spoke about counseling and psychological services. The day continued with team building “Minute-to-Win-It” games such as hula hoop pass, pop the balloon, water relay and much more. It was a chance to catch up with their classmates outside the classroom setting.

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Team Sara Greene went 4-0, beating all comers in the round robin format to win the 2019 Dugoni Softball Tournament! In the last game, they beat a game Team Sean Metter Staff who went into the final matchup 2-1 with a chance to take home the title. Team Matt Yuen beat Team Brock Davidson to claim the best team in the Class of 2019. Team Connor Francis represented the Class of 2021 competitively while only fielding 8 players. Sara’s team was a talented mix of '20 and '21, kudos.

Special shoutout to Donnie and Georgie Poe manning the BBQ with a virtuoso performance under incredible weather conditions in San Rafael!

A message from our AADMD student group and Special Care Clinic/ Hospital Dentistry program...

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Each year, this day is set aside to help communities raise awareness on Down syndrome and all the wonderful and unique contributions that individuals with Down syndrome make to our society. The goal of this day is to break stigma and build inclusion through education and understanding.

Also known as Trisomy 21, Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome.

Some facts:

  • in the US, according to the CDC, approximately 1 in 700 babies born are diagnosed with Down syndrome.
  • Historically there has been a huge health disparity in life span. As recently as the early 1980s, the life expectancy for a person with Down syndrome was only in the 20s. Thanks to better healthcare and overall treatment, it is now about 60.
  • Down syndrome is commonly associated with organomegaly and congenital heart conditions.
  • Down syndrome patients have the same health concerns of neurotypical populations including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.
  • Some characteristics are slight upturned eyelids, single crease in palms, short stature, large tongue, and smaller mandible and midface.
  • The National Down Syndrome Society recommends "people-first language”, which refers to a "person with Down Syndrome" versus "Down patient" or "Down’s patient".
  • Many only have mild Intellectual disability, have advanced degrees and work.

Learn more about Down Syndrome at the National Down Syndrome Society's website ›

Have a Great Upside Down Day and let others know the importance of acceptance and inclusion!

FYI.. The student chapter of AADMD/ SCOPE will be holding a “Special Smiles Event” on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at our clinics in San Francisco. Free dental screening and some basic treatment will be provided. More details on our calendar ›

The Class of 2019 recently gathered on a beautiful weekend in Pacific Grove for the 51st Asilomar Retreat. In addition to the DDS and IDS Classes, this was the first year that the Dental Hygiene class attended. It is one of the last group gatherings for the third-year class as they finish up the last half of their academic year in preparation for graduation in June. The annual tradition featured a guest speaker and numerous social activities, including a karaoke and talent show night. The Asilomar weekend also brought together the five-year and 20-year reunion classes. The event allows students to continue to develop strong ties with each other and meet with members of the Alumni Association.

Completing the first half of our dental program is a big accomplishment and our second-year DDS and IDS students organized an “Over the Hump” party to celebrate. The Class of 2020 students hosted a successful bash open to all students, faculty and staff at The Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco on Feb. 2. The night featured food, dancing and awards.

The Dr. Thomas R. Bales Family Endowment Good Samaritan Award is announced during this annual celebration. It recognizes a second-year student for demonstrating exemplary kindness to fellow classmates throughout the first half of the program. Dugoni School of Dentistry alumnus and benefactor Dr. Thomas R. Bales established the award in 2004 to honor a student who provided inspiration and a sense of purpose to his or her fellow first-year classmates.

This year’s winner and recipient of a plague and a check for $5,000 was Marwa Elkharsity.

Congratulations to Marwa and to the Class of 2020 on making it over the hump!

Holiday festivities of all sorts are bringing warmth and seasonal cheer to the school throughout the month. Among the activities was a recent gathering to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Dean Nadershahi, faculty, staff, students, family members and alumni enjoyed a night of music and dance performances as well as Indian delicacies. Guests also enjoyed the henna and photo booth. The Diwali celebration was organized by the IDS 2020 class with support from the ASDA chapter, Associated Student Body and the Alumni Association.

The American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) honored the Dugoni School’s AAWD chapter with the Student Chapter of the Year award during their annual conference. The award recognizes chapters who have connected in a meaningful way with AAWD while supporting their goal and mission.

During the past year, the Pacific Chapter organized 16 events, raised more than $600 for its chapter, and donated over $1,000 to nonprofit organizations and charities. AAWD supported organizations such as Take Back the Night, Because Justice Matters, Habitat for Humanity and Napa Fire Victims, San Francisco Women's March, and Watermark Conference for Women-Silicon Valley. They have expanded opportunities for leadership and mentorship not only among female dental students, but for the dental school community as a whole.

Congratulations!