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IDS Students Honored with Annual Dixon Scholarship Award

Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., Dr. Manik Mohan, Dr. Toral Pandya; Mrs. Rosemary Dixon and Dr. Pat King (left to right).

December  08, 2011

Two International Dental Studies (IDS) students were honored by the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for exemplary work and involvement on Dec. 7.  Drs. Toral Pandya and Manik Mohan, both members of the Class of 2012, were presented with the Sixth Annual Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon Scholarship Award acknowledging achievements each made during their first year in the dental school's IDS program. Each will receive a check for $3,000 during graduation.

Longtime donors and friends of the dental school, the Dixons created the Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Endowment in spring 2005 to provide scholarships for international dental students at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated leadership qualities and academic achievement during their first year in the IDS program. The Dugoni School of Dentistry is the only dental school in the country that has a scholarship award exclusively for IDS students.

Originally from India, Pandya received her dental degree there in 2004 from Bharati Vedyapeeth Dental College & Hospital, Pune. She also holds a bachelor's of law degree, a postgraduate diploma in medical/legal systems and a postgraduate diploma in hospital and healthcare management.

In her time at Pacific, Pandya has made her mark as one of the school's leaders. She has held the position of president of her class for two years in a row. Additional leadership activities include president of the Peer Counseling and Wellness Club and founding president of a student club for evidence-based case presentations and treatment planning. She also served on the student committee that drafted the Strategic Plan  of the Associated Student Body.

"Toral is very deserving of this special honor," commented Dr. Pat King, director of the IDS Program. "In addition to her studies and numerous leadership positions, she also finds the time to actively participate in various volunteer opportunities in the community and has travelled with the dental school for research conferences. On top of it all, she is a dedicated wife and mother to her three-year-old son."

Mohan, also originally from India, received his dental degree from Himachal Dental College, Sunder Nagar Mandi in November 2008. At Pacific he is very involved with organized dentistry and currently serves as the IDS Class of 2012 student representative to the California Dental Association (CDA). He also held the position of the Dugoni School's student delegate at the CDA House of Delegates meeting in November 2010, participated in the 2011 CDA Presents Anaheim Meeting and the annual Leadership Education Conference.

In addition to organized dentistry, Mohan remains very involved with community outreach, IDS program activities and on-campus events.  He actively volunteers at Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) events and Project Homeless Connect; and serves as a tutor for Pediatric Dentistry. In July 2011 Mohan organized a CDA access to care webinar for Dugoni School of Dentistry students and faculty to learn about access to care issues facing the state of California.

"Manik is an outstanding member of our IDS Program," said King. "What stands out about Manik is that in addition to his high level of involvement with organized dentistry and campus activities, he also ranked first in his class for the first year of the IDS program — a remarkable achievement."

IDS students already hold dental degrees from schools outside the U.S., but need accreditation to practice in the United States. By completing the IDS program at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, students earn a U.S. doctor of dental surgery degree and eligibility to sit for any state or regional dental board in the country. The two-year accelerated program is very popular, receiving more than 500 applications and enrolling just 22 students in July of each year.

For more information about the IDS program, visit http://dental.pacific.edu/x274.xml

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu