June 1, 2017
Outstanding accomplishments across clinical care, research and community service were recently spotlighted at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's "Excellence Day" activities held May 31 in San Francisco.
This long-standing tradition provides an opportunity for Dugoni School students to share their projects with colleagues, faculty, friends, alumni and other guests. The 19th Annual Pacific Research Day and 16th Annual Clinical Excellence Day featured poster presentations, case presentations with patients, a keynote speaker, reception and awards ceremony.
Ling Zhan, DDS, PhD, from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at UCSF School of Dentistry delivered a lunchtime keynote lecture, "Anti-caries therapy: Why is combating the bacteria important?"
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, Implant Dentistry, Complex Restorative, Removable Prosthodontics and Endodontics. Many students invited one of their patients to participate in the event to show the successful treatment provided in past months.
Graduating officers of the school's Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program were honored for their service, and community service projects were highlighted through poster presentations.
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. OKU members benefit from fellowship and connections with other high-achieving members in private practice, education, research, hospitals and other dental institutions. To learn more, visit the OKU web site http://okusupreme.org.
The organizers thank the following companies who participated as sponsors of this year's event: Unident, Dentsply, Isolite Systems, California Dental Arts, Kavo Kerr and Ultradent.