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Dugoni School Honors RDAEF Program Participants at Completion Ceremony

The RDAEF 2013 program participants at the ceremony.

May  28, 2013

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently hosted a ceremony to celebrate the participants’ completion of the school’s 2013 Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) program. The event honored 20 students who successfully completed the program, which took place over the past 10 months and required more than 410 hours of coursework to complete.

The May 19 ceremony featured remarks from Dr. Molly Newlon, the program director, with special guest remarks from Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus. Students were then presented certificates of completion by Newlon and Dr. Brian Kenyon, associate professor of integrated reconstructive dental sciences and a regular RDAEF program faculty member. A reception for the students, faculty, friends and family followed the ceremony.

“It was a wonderful day, celebrating the completion of this rigorous 10-month course by an exceptional group of students,” said Newlon. “I would be proud to work with any of them in my dental practice. They are dedicated dental professionals who will contribute greatly towards expanding dental care in all practice settings.”

Participants who graduated from the Dugoni School’s 2013 RDAEF program are (in alphabetical order): Amanda Beleu; Rocio Castro; Delashon Green; Nancy Guevara; Rosa Hernandez; Mary Jenkins; Maria Lopez; Lea Lucero; Anh-Thu Luu; Gina Machado; Maria Maldonado; Dyanna Miller; Daniel Patron; Jill Pelosi; Dung Phan; Ericka Pulido; Jessica Varni; Elizabeth Villalobos-Garcia; Anita Weaver; and Sarah Williams.

The students are now eligible to take the Dental Board of California certification exam, and upon passing will be qualified to provide care under California’s recently expanded RDAEF licensure requirements. RDAEFs are trained to complete many procedures which were previously only done by dentists and while the dentist continues to oversee treatment and complete surgical procedures on the teeth, RDAEFs are trained to properly complete many complex tasks.

“We are receiving some great feedback from the dentists who helped sponsor our RDAEF graduates,” said Dr. Jane Wright-Hayes, director of the Continuing Dental Education division. “They are so pleased with the quality of work that their new RDAEFs are producing and amazed at how working with an RDAEF has opened up more time for them—and decreased their stress levels.”

Dr. Michael Aaronson, a dental consultant at Marin County Health and Human Services, sponsored participation for one of the graduating students, Dung Phan (Denny), in the program. Aaronson shares, “It was especially nice to be able to send our senior RDA, Denny, to Pacific for his RDAEF education which will allow him to greatly expand the scope of his duties in the clinic. He is very appreciative of the education he received, and was very impressed by the faculty and the depth of the experience. His additional skills will be invaluable to the clinic and will increase our ability to provide additional care for our patients.”

The dental school’s RDAEF Program takes place on various weekends throughout the year. Dedicated faculty from the Dugoni School and University of California, San Francisco, help train RDAEFs to perform various extended functions. This year, regular faculty members included Newlon and Kenyon, as well as Drs. Jeffrey Miles, Gitta Radjaeipour, Shika Gupta, Payman Bahrami, Ariane Terlet and Ms. Christine Miller.

The Continuing Dental Education division is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 session of its RDAEF program. The program will begin on August 10, and will take place over a 10-month period on various weekends at the Dugoni School of Dentistry campus in San Francisco. For more information visit the Continuing Dental Education division web page.

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