Forty-eight students and eight faculty members travelled to Jamaica during the fall break in September for an oral health mission. The volunteers treated approximately 1,201 underserved patients in three clinics (Brompton, Belmont and Torrington). They also volunteered at a clinic their hotel designed to serve hotel employees. Most of the treatments involved fillings, cleanings, exams and extractions. In addition to the treatments, Dugoni School students and faculty visited local classrooms to provide oral health instruction to children.

The DDS Class of 2020 recently gathered for the second-year retreat held at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. Students spent the day learning about wellness, ergonomic health and risk reduction. Dr. Mark Booth, Group Practice Leader and Assistant Professor of Clinical Oral Healthcare, presented about professionalism and wellness, offering advice on how students have to be their best in order to provide the best care to their patients. Justin Jellin, an instructor of Diagnostic Sciences, who presented on health and risk reduction, suggested daily exercises that students could do before going to clinic to prevent injuries. Students also took part in team-building activities such as a kickball tournament. Congratulations to Group 2A for winning the tournament! It was a fun day of learning and collaboration as students had the chance to catch up with their fellow classmates in one of San Francisco’s most beautiful settings.

Congratulations to our DDS Class of 2020, IDS Class of 2020 and Dental Hygiene Class of 2019 who marked the beginning of their clinical experience by receiving their white coats! Held at the historic Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, the annual ceremony was an opportunity for students to formally celebrate an important milestone and pledge to uphold professional integrity. After many months of practice and instruction with manikins in the school's Simulation Clinic, these students will now transition to caring for patients. Take a look at the photos ›

The Associated Student Body (ASB) recently hosted a delicious Crawfish Boil for the Dugoni School family. More than 300 students, faculty, staff and family showed up to this annual tradition, where crawfish is prepared in the traditional Louisiana style with Cajun spices along with sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, squash and onions. The event is made possible by alumnus Dr. Jason Larkin ’01, Ortho ’03, who donates the crawfish every year, and Chuck Frye, who helped the student volunteers clean and cook the crawfish. The dessert was generously donated by Marietta Daniel of the Student Store. It was a fun event where some enjoyed crawfish for the first time.

Many thanks to Cathy Han, ASB Rep at Large, and Janelle Palomares, Student Affairs Coordinator, for coordinating this successful event!

The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Chapter at the Dugoni School recently hosted its annual vendor fair and fundraiser. This year brought 23 vendors to campus to network with more than 300 DDS, IDS and Dental Hygiene students. Over 15 raffle prizes were given out, including an Oral B electric toothbrush, Keurig machine, 32” flat screen TV and a grand prize Valo Cordless LED curing light valued at $1,500! Students got a chance to mingle with each other and the booth staff, learning more about a wide array of products and services in the dental field.

Student representatives from the Dugoni School’s American Dental Education Association (ADEA) chapter recently had the opportunity to travel to the ADEA Annual Session held in Orlando, Fla. It was a weekend of networking opportunities, educational sessions, exhibitions, awards, and social activities. Some students, faculty and staff were even spotlighted on “ADEA TV” during their involvement in the TechExpo!

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On Saturday, February 24 Dugoni School students, faculty and staff volunteers held a “Give Kids a Smile” event at the school’s Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dentistry Clinic in San Francisco. Nearly 130 children received dental check-ups, fluoride treatment, sealants and orthodontic evaluations, and enjoyed educational games with oral health tips, prizes, face painting and balloon artistry. After receiving the free dental services, children played with cuddly animals at the Little Explorers Petting Zoo set up outside the school.

Each year, the Dugoni School participates in the nationwide "Give Kids a Smile" program to serve local children and families, including those who may not have a dental home. "Give Kids a Smile" was started by the American Dental Association in 2003 as a way to encourage dentists to connect with their communities by providing dental services to underserved children.

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Each year our second-year students organize an “Over the Hump” party to celebrate the successful completion of the first half of our dental program. This year, the DDS and IDS classes of 2019 organized a “Stay Gold” themed event held at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco on Feb. 10. The celebration is open to all students, faculty and staff and featured a fun night of eating, dancing and awards.

During the event, a student is recognized with the Thomas R. Bales Family Endowment Good Samaritan Award. The award recognizes the student who demonstrates exemplary kindness to their fellow classmates throughout the first half of the program. This year’s winner was Emily Vu. Dr. Bales was on hand to present Emily with a plague and a check for $5,000.

Congratulations to Emily and to the Class of 2019 for making it over the hump!

Fifteen members of Pacific’s Chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) recently organized a Lessons in a Lunchbox event at Fairmount Elementary School in San Francisco. One of the big projects the SNDA does nationwide is Lessons in a Lunchbox. In partnership with The Children’s Oral Health Institute, the goal is the reduce tooth decay, which is the most common chronic disease in children 5 to 17 years old. One of the goals is to help introduce the importance of oral health at a young age in hopes of preventing more severe oral diseases. The second goal is the help introduce children to dentistry as a potential career that they are all capable of pursuing and achieving. Following the presentation by members of the SNDA, teachers incorporate a 5 day lesson plan into their daily lessons with information that was provided during Lessons in a Lunchbox.

The SNDA promotes and supports the academic and social environment of minority students in the field of dentistry and create opportunities for members to develop stronger alliances among each other.

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Bringing out your inner Van Gogh! Pacific’s American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Chapter recently hosted its second annual Paint Nite at the school as a way for students to relax, socialize, and showcase their artistic style. The event was sponsored by Pacific Dental Services and was a success with nearly 100 students in attendance.