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Excellence Day Showcases School Achievements in Clinic, Research and Community Service

On May 29 University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students, faculty, staff and invited guests could be found celebrating and showcasing achievements in the areas of research, dental practice and community outreach. During the 13th Annual Clinical Excellence Day and the 15th Annual Pacific Research Day, participants proudly demonstrated professional growth and shared accomplishments.

Dugoni Excellence

The event, known overall as “Excellence Day,” has grown to become a much-anticipated tradition at Pacific Dugoni and provides a venue for students to reflect on achievements as the academic year comes to a close. The day finished with a reception and awards presentation to celebrate all participants. This year’s event and reception was made possible by contributions from Omicron Kappa Upsilon and other supporters.

As part of Clinical Excellence Day, students presented clinical cases on topics such as complex restorative procedures, removable prosthodontics, veneers, implants, orthodontics and more. Numerous patients also volunteered their time to attend the event in support of their student dentist and to display completed treatment in person.

Groups of dental school faculty judges reviewed and evaluated students’ cases based on oral and physical presentation, case difficulty, case-based research, preparation, and treatment. Several second-year students were given awards. Winning presentations from the graduating class of 2013 were officially announced during the Alumni/Graduate Banquet.

For the research portion of the day, students and faculty displayed presentations on a variety of topics including oral cancer treatment, orthodontics, cleft lip and palate and opportunities for collaboration between medical and dental professionals. Research Day also featured its fifth-annual keynote lecture, given by John D. B. Featherstone, M.Sc., Ph.D., Dean of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry.

In addition to sharing their research accomplishments with the school community, participating students also competed for prizes, including senior research competition awards and the ADA/Dentsply Award, which enables the student winner to attend the ADA Annual Session’s Student Clinician Research Program.

Kenyan Dental Leaders Visit the Dugoni School as Part of Kenya Smiles Project

A group of Kenyan oral health professionals recently visited the Bay Area for an opportunity to learn about U.S. dental programs and discuss ideas and potential collaborations to help improve the oral health of children in Kenya. Visitors met with school leaders and members of the Orthodontics Department at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Kenyans Dugoni

Their itinerary included a visit with faculty, staff, and students at Pacific Dugoni. They met and discussed the current state of oral health and oral health education in Kenya with Nader A. Nadershahi, D.D.S., M.B.A., Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In addition, they toured the school with Maureen Valley, D.M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, and saw the Simulation Lab, classrooms, and clinics. They also had the opportunity to view the school’s Atikison Skull Collection and chat with Museum Curator Dorothy Dechant; meet with Eve Cuny, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety; and tour the Craniofacial Genetics Lab with Marie M. Tolarova, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., and Mirek Tolar, M.D., Ph.D.

While in California, the visiting professionals shared their experiences at Rotary Clubs throughout the region, and went to Sacramento to meet with representatives of the California Dental Association and California legislature. They also saw rural and mobile dental clinics used to serve underserved populations throughout the state.

The group‘s trip was sponsored by “Kenya Smiles,” a project of the Rotary District 5160 that focuses on partnering dental experts and agencies in the United States and Kenya to promote oral health education and dental care for children in Kenya.

NCHOR Hosts First Canadian Dental Student Workshop

The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) is pleased to host the First Canadian Dental Student Workshop, Careers in Academic Dentistry. The 2013 event will be held June 10–11, 2013, at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

The workshop will be an important step toward supporting research capacity within the Canadian oral health community. The topics of discussion include ways institutions can foster careers in academic dentistry, possible careers for clinician scientists and basic scientists in academics, opportunities and barriers facing graduate students interested in oral health research, and academic and general leadership within the oral health research community.

Attendance is limited to students and faculty from Canadian Dental Schools; however, NCOHR is providing a live Internet broadcast of the talks and presentations. Questions will be discussed by all participants. To participate, please go to the Western Livestream site (no password required). The hours for the event are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on June 10, 2013, and 8:00 a.m. to Noon on June 11, 2013.

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