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Global Insights: Dugoni School of Dentistry Representatives Meet with Dental Educators in China

July  09, 2010

School leaders participate in a signing ceremony for a new collaborative agreement with the School & Hospital of Stomatology at Wenzhou Medical College.

School leaders participate in a signing ceremony for a new collaborative agreement with the School & Hospital of Stomatology at Wenzhou Medical College.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's international relationships continued to grow this summer, as five school representatives traveled to China during the third week of June. The group met with Chinese dental education leaders at two schools to discuss trends and share best practices in dental education.

Participating in the weeklong trip were Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., interim provost for University of the Pacific; Dr. Nader Nadershahi, acting dean of the Dugoni School of Dentistry; Dr. Anders Nattestad, professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the school's director of global initiatives; Gary Mitchell, president of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation; and Dr. Colin Wong, a graduate, member of the Foundation board and former president of the school's Alumni Association.

The visit included a meeting with students, faculty and administrators at the Guanghua School of Stomatology at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. School leaders gave a tour of clinic and school facilities and hosted a discussion and reception for the Dugoni School representatives. The school offered a warm welcome to Ferrillo, who was appointed as a visiting professor at the college earlier this year. Ferrillo and Nattestad gave a guest lecture attended by school faculty.

During the latter part of their trip, the group spent time at the School & Hospital of Stomatology at Wenzhou Medical College in Wenzhou. The team toured dental clinic facilities and participated in discussions about current trends in Chinese dental education. The schools also signed a collaborative agreement to work together to create a student/faculty exchange initiative between the two institutions.

This is the second trip to Wenzhou that Dugoni School representatives have made since 2009. Over the past two years, the Dugoni School of Dentistry has also hosted visitors from the Wenzhou Medical College in San Francisco a handful of times.

The visit included meetings and lectures at the Guanghua School of Stomatology at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

The visit included meetings and lectures at the Guanghua School of Stomatology at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

"Any time we can exchange information about current trends in dental education with international counterparts, we enhance our own ability to educate students and improve oral health for patients," said Ferrillo. "I look forward to seeing our school's international relationships continue to develop in China and elsewhere around the globe."

The trip is part of the broader Global Initiative in Dental Education (GIDE) recently announced by the school as part of its Strategic Plan. The school is developing links and exchange programs with schools in the Middle East, Asia and other regions of the world. The dental school also is engaged in several international activities such as its strong International Dental Students program for those seeking to practice in the United States.

The school is also actively involved in supporting the improvement of global dental education through the International Federation of Dental Educators and Association (IFDEA). Ferrillo serves as president of IFDEA, Nattestad is IFDEA's executive director and Nadershahi is on the IFDEA board of directors. While in China, the team presented a certificate to Dr. Ling Jun-qi, professor and dean of Guanghua School of Stomatology, to recognize her selection as a member of the IFDEA board. The group also conducted an IFDEA board meeting with colleagues in other parts of the globe.

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research, Special Events

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