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Pacific Dugoni students participate in campaign to end the use of the “r-word.”

Take the pledge on March 5 and help put a stop to hurtful language. Pacific Dugoni students in the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry student club along with faculty advisor, Dr. Allen Wong, will be spreading awareness of the pervasive effects of the “r-word” – “retard(ed).” Visit the table in front of Café Cagnone on the second floor of the dental school to take a pledge to stop using the r-word and to treat all people with respect.

Pacific Dugoni students helping to spread the word on March 5
Pacific Dugoni students helping to spread the word on March 5

Words are both a reflection of our attitudes and the building blocks of culture. Changing perceptions can begin by changing the language we use. The “r-word” is exclusive, offensive and derogatory to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

“Working with patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities has shown me how deeply hurtful the ‘r-word’ can be,” said Michael Suh, DDS class of 2014 and president of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry student club at Pacific Dugoni. “When people carelessly use this word, it makes it seem OK for our generation and the upcoming youth to recite this in our everyday vocabulary. It’s a negative cycle that continues to happen, and people must understand that special needs patients are a part of our community and must be treated with respect.”

“Spread the Word to End the Word” is a campaign led by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and other supporters to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the “r-word” and to encourage people to pledge to stop using the word. The day of awareness is held annually on the first Wednesday of every March. In addition to encouraging people to take the pledge, Spread the Word to End the Word also provides resources to encourage honest and respectful discussion.

The Dugoni School of Dentistry believes that all patients deserve to be treated with dignity. The Special Care Clinic offers dental services to people with special needs and is staffed by faculty who are trained to treat people with developmental and psychosocial considerations.

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There is that day every July when the halls of the Dugoni School become permeated with a delicious smell, as members of the school's alumni association gather to cook up a feast for the incoming dental students. The centerpiece of this school tradition is cioppino, a seafood stew unique to San Francisco. Some of the alumni chefs were kind enough to share their recipe with us. Here it is!

Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Cioppino with the Duke's Marinara Sauce

Recipe provided courtesy of Ken Frangadakis, Ernie Giachetti, Mario Puccinelli (The Duke) and Paul Senise.

For Marinara Sauce:
3 tbsp olive oil
1/3 leek, chopped (white part only)
1½ tbsp garlic, chopped fine
2/3 yellow onion, chopped
¼ bunch Italian (flat) parsley
1 can (28 oz) crushed peeled tomatoes (San Marazano brand if possible)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano (Note: fresh basil can be added also)
Pinch cayenne or cracked red pepper
Dash "Mrs. Dash" spice
2/3 Cup dry white wine

(Amounts and type can be altered according to taste)
1 lb Dungeness crab, cleaned and cracked
2/3 lb Black tiger prawns (large)
1/3 lb Scallops
½ lb Clams, chopped
¼ lb Rock cod filet, fresh


In a large sauce pan (1 gal.), heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions, leek, parsley and garlic for about 5 minutes (add garlic near end so it won't burn).

Add white wine and bring to a boil; lower the heat and simmer off the alcohol (7-8 minutes).

Add remaining non-seafood ingredients (tomatoes, spices) and simmer on medium to low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Note: This sauce can be refrigerated or frozen and saved for weeks.

Add rock cod first and cook on medium to low heat until it starts to break down (a good thing), about 10-15 minutes. Then add the prawns and continue to cook for 7-8 minutes. Finally, add the remaining seafood, turn up the heat and bring it to a boil for 5-10 minutes.
Serve in a large soup bowl with white wine/beer, garlic bread — and a bib! Enjoy!

The "Marinara" Story

The word "marinara" is derived from the Italian word for sailor, "marinaro." The sauce itself contains no seafood, but is a tomato-based sauce. It originated in the Italian seaport town of Naples and was served to the sailors when they returned home from sea. It was poured over pasta or, with seafood added, became cioppino — a San Francisco original from the kitchens of the Sicilian and Southern Italian crab fishermen who immigrated to the Bay Area.

During the recent spring break, a group of 34 students, faculty, alumni and friends came together to provide dental treatment to the people of Bataan and Boracay, Philippines, on a Christian dental mission trip. The trip was coordinated by students and faculty affiliated with the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) Pacific Chapter, and was funded in part thanks to on-campus fundraisers and private donors. Check out a few photos from the trip below!

Philippine Mission

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Some of our student leaders recently visited Atlanta and Seattle for the ASDA Annual Session and the ADEA Annual Session, respectively.

In Atlanta more than 470 dental students from around the country gathered for networking opportunities, exhibitions, sharing of information and social activities.

ASDA Leaders at Annual SessionDugoni School ASDA students in Atlanta..

In Seattle, ADEA student leaders attended sessions and events, and Pacific’s chapter was also recognized with two honors: a Distinguished Chapter Award, given to only five ADEA student chapters, and the Outstanding Advocacy & Ethics Award, given to one student chapter this year.

ADEA Student Chapter at Annual Session in Seattle March 2013Dugoni School ADEA student leaders in Seattle.

Nearly 20 student and faculty volunteers recently participated in a health fair event hosted by Harbor House Ministries in Oakland. Coordinated by the school's SCOPE (Student Community Outreach for Public Education) program, Dugoni School volunteers spent their Saturday providing oral health education and screenings to health fair attendees. Below are a few photos from the event. Thank you to all our volunteers!

Harbor House Event Volunteers

Harbor House event volunteers give oral health education

Harbor House event volunteers screen an attendee

Harbor House event volunteers screen attendees

Each year our second-year students organize an "Over the Hump" party to commemorate their transition from the first half of dental school to the second half. This year our Class of 2014 students hosted a wildly successful 1920s-themed bash open to all students, faculty and staff at the San Francisco Galleria & Design Center. Take a look at a few favorite photos from the event below, and congrats to the Class of 2014 on making it over the hump!





One of our 2014 DDS students, Poppy Carlig, recently wrote an article for ASDA News about a dental student's role in improving health literacy. The article offers up some interesting statistics about a patient's understanding of their oral health, how patients process information, and how this topic affects dental students and the dental profession in general. Check it out!
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There are so many opportunities for Dugoni School students to get involved and many leadership positions for students to fill. From the Associated Student Body (ASB) to student groups like ADEA and SCOPE, our student leaders help make the dental school stand out. Here, most of our current student leaders gathered for a group photo:

Student Leaders Group Photo