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California Society of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation Awards Faculty Funding Grant to Dugoni School of Dentistry

Dr. Jeff Wood (right) with Drs. Richard Sobel and Steve Gross from the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation.

April  12, 2011

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has received new funding that will help the department grow its team of faculty members specialized in treating children and teaching dental students about this important area of dentistry.

The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation selected the school to receive an inaugural faculty funding grant. The grant will support the recruitment of faculty, academic leadership development, start-up research funding and an advanced degree in education for a selected new faculty member.

"We greatly appreciate the CSPD Foundation's generous support of pediatric dental education through this grant to our school," said Dr. A. Jeffrey Wood, chair of the school's department of pediatric dentistry. "This additional funding will help us to continue to attract high-quality faculty members in this specialty to work with our students and patients."

DDS and IDS students at the Dugoni School of Dentistry learn how to work with children through classroom and clinical experiences in pediatric dentistry. They rotate through the Hutto Patterson Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, working closely with faculty and specially trained dental assistants. The clinic offers comprehensive children's dental services to the public in a child-friendly setting.

The grant will provide resources for a new faculty member to develop his or her potential in an academic pediatric dentistry career.

"It will ultimately help make an impact on the next generation of pediatric dental care providers coming through school," said Wood, who accepted the grant on behalf of the school during the April 7 CSPD Foundation meeting in San Francisco.

"The California Society of Pediatric Dentistry foundation recognizes the crisis in pediatric dentistry education and is dedicated to improving the current situation for the future of our specialty," said Steve Gross, president of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation. "Dr. Wood's faculty enhancement proposal is exactly in line with the Foundation's goals not only by enhancing the attractiveness of a faculty position at the school, but also by providing the means for the new faculty member to succeed and excel as an academician."

California Society of Pediatric Dentistry is a state unit organization of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. To learn more about its vision, mission and how it supports pediatric dentistry and dental education, visit http://www.cspd.org.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events

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