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Organizations and Clubs

The Dugoni School has many student organizations that enrich the dental school experience. Collectively, they represent opportunities for students to get involved, to grow as individuals, to pursue knowledge in areas of interest and to make contributions to the community and the profession. Social, fraternal and professional organization memberships are open to all students in the doctoral program.

Associated Student Body

The Associated Student Body is composed of all students enrolled in the doctoral program. Business affairs of the organization are conducted by the Student Executive Council which consists of the elected student body officers, the president and vice president of each class and elected representatives to selected agencies of organized dentistry. Students are selected to serve on the following school committees: Curriculum; Faculty Appointment, Promotion and Tenure; Student Appeals; Ethics; Museum; Postgraduate Studies; Safety; Bookstore; Student Clinic Advisory; Infection Control; and Academic Advisory. Students are also elected for other positions including membership on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Associated Student Body announced its 2010-2015 Strategic Plan — ASB L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership with Exceptional Advocacy for Dugoni Students). View the plan (PDF) >>

National Dental Fraternities

Two chapters of national dental fraternities are active at the dental school:

  • Alpha Omega — founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1907 by a group of dental students, Alpha Omega's mission is to promote the profession of dentistry and establish a spirit of fellowship among members. Alpha Omega has about 6,000 active dentists worldwide.
  • Delta Sigma Delta — founded in 1882 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Delta Sigma Delta is an international organization designed to encourage scholastic achievement for dental students, foster high professional standards in dentistry and cultivate outstanding teachers and practitioners. The Nu Nu Chapter at the Dugoni School supports professional camaraderie, student research and network development for young professionals.

American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

All students become members of ASDA and, concurrently, student members of the American Dental Association with all the rights and privileges of such membership. The Dugoni School's ASDA Chapter publishes a newsletter, The Condenser. View a past issue (PDF) >> 

California Dental Association (CDA)

Pacific students were the first in California to take advantage of the CDA's student membership category. Modest annual dues provide each student member with CDA publications and access to CDA meetings without charge, and the opportunity to enroll in a CDA-sponsored health plan.

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

ADEA represents all dental schools in the U.S. and is the primary voice of dental education. The Council of Students is one of seven councils of ADEA. The school's elected representatives to this council participate in the ADEA annual session and regional meetings. The council elects several student delegates who have full voting privileges in the ADEA House of Delegates. There is no charge for student membership.

Pacific Dental Hygiene Student Professional Organization

The objectives of the Student Member American Dental Hygienists' Association are to cultivate, promote, and sustain the art and science of dental hygiene, to represent and safeguard the common interest of the members of the dental hygiene profession, and to contribute to the improvement of the public's overall health. Learn more >>

SCOPE (Student Community Outreach for Public Education)

SCOPE is a student-run organization dedicated to community service. Created in 1994, the organization's mission is to involve students and faculty in oral health projects directed toward community needs. Students take an active role in sponsoring or participating in activities such as oral health screenings and educational sessions for children, families and senior citizens in the Bay Area. SCOPE also helps foster a sense of community health awareness and civic pride, a characteristic that will follow our students through graduation and into private practice. Throughout the year, students, faculty and staff volunteer their time at numerous health fairs, senior centers, elementary schools and non-profit agencies. SCOPE also sponsors the annual Give Kids a Smile Day and Senior Smiles Health Fair at the school. Please visit the SCOPE Web page for more information.

Student Research Group (SRG)

The Student Research Group promotes interest in and provides opportunities for dental students to participate in research at the school. The group organizes meetings where faculty members introduce and discuss their research projects and interests with students. The SRG is a chapter of the National Student Research Group/American Association of Dental Research and the International Association of Dental Research.

Articulating Paper

The Articulating Paper is a school publication written, edited and produced by Dugoni School students. The Articulating Paper is issued twice annually and covers a variety of topics including on-campus issues and events, changes in dental education and the dental profession, community outreach, student government, clubs and more. Read the latest issue >>

Other Activites

The Dugoni School also offers a number of other organizations and volunteer or fundraising activities for student involvement, such as the Student Ambassador Program, Student Interview Committee, Bridge Builders of Pacific and various study clubs focusing on specific dental disciplines.