June 10, 2015
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry hosted a completion ceremony for the graduates of the school's 2015 Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) program. Held at the school's San Francisco campus on Saturday, June 6, 2015, the event honored a class of 14 RDA and two existing RDAEF participants at the completion of an intensive nine-month program.
The ceremony featured remarks by a guest speaker, Christine Miller, who serves as associate professor and director of community programs at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Molly Newlon, RDAEF course director, and Dr. Brian Kenyon, faculty member, shared kind personal notes and fond memories of each student. Students were given orchid leis and were recognized in front of an audience of more than 100 guests. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception in the Molinari Great Hall with hors d'oeuvres, cake and beverages.
The program graduates include: Misty Arias, Heidi Barron, Yolanda Brown, Juana Bueno, Sandra Corredor, Sandra Fernandez, Denise Ferranti, Ana Golib, Brittany Hall, Karen Hops, Mei Ling (Ivy) Liang, Samir Lutfi, Denis Pavlov, Melissa Quinteros, Nicolas Villalobos and Mary Zapien. View photos >>
RDAEF courses have been offered in California for many years, but expanded functions were adopted in recent years, requiring RDAEFs to complete a more in-depth certification program. The Dugoni School of Dentistry's course satisfies the Dental Board of California's requirements for new and existing RDAEFs who wish to expand their licensure in preparation for earning certification in the new extended functions.
RDAEFs are trained to complete many restorative procedures which were previously only done by dentists. Although the dentist will continue to oversee treatment and will complete all surgical procedures on the teeth, the RDAEF is trained to properly complete many complex tasks-such as the filling of restorations-which can free up the dentist to see more patients and to deliver more care. RDAEFs are especially useful in large clinic or rural settings which often have a lack of dentists available to treat the underserved.
The revised extended duties, which can be performed by dental assistants who complete this course and pass the Dental Board of California exam for extended functions, include making final impressions for crown, bridge and removable partial dentures and filling and polishing amalgam, composite and glass ionomer restorations. RDAEFs who complete this program may also complete general oral health assessments in community clinic settings and fit master and accessory cones for endodontic (root canal) procedures.
The Continuing Dental Education Division at the Dugoni School of Dentistry is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 session of its RDAEF program. The certification program will begin on August 8, 2015. The curriculum will be taught by faculty members from Pacific Dugoni and University of California, San Francisco, and will take place over a nine-month period on various weekends in San Francisco. For details on how to register, visit this page.