June 3, 2016
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry family recently gathered to celebrate research, clinical and community service achievements at the yearly "Excellence Day" special event held on the school's campus in San Francisco.
This long-standing tradition provides an opportunity for Dugoni School students to share their projects with colleagues, friends, alumni and other guests. The 18th Annual Pacific Research Day and 15th Annual Clinical Excellence Day - both part of the day's celebration - took place on May 25, 2016. The event featured poster presentations, case presentations with patients, a keynote speaker, reception and awards ceremony.
A lunchtime keynote lecture, "Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line," was delivered by guest speaker Dr. Sharon Kaufman, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine.
Research awards included the ADA/Dentsply Award, Hinman Symposium Award, ADA/Colgate Dental Student Conference on Research Award, San Francisco Section of the AADR Award and other honors.
Clinical achievements were recognized through awards in categories such as Aesthetic Dentistry, CAD/CAM/LAVA Cosmetic Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Complex Restorative, Removable Prosthodontics and other categories.
During the community service segment of the awards ceremony, graduating officers of the school's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program were honored for their service.
Excellence Day activities are generously supported in part by a donation from Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), a national dental honor society. Only 12% of the top 20% of each year's graduating class are voted into the OKU honor society by current OKU faculty members, who make their selections based on leadership, character and scholarship. In addition, the school's Alumni Association helped sponsor this year's Excellence Day.