August 28, 2015
Eight dental students from Peking University School of Stomatology (PKU) recently visited the Dugoni School of Dentistry for two weeks at the end of August to learn more about dental education and American culture. The students were part of an exchange program that was established by the Dugoni School, Peking University School of Stomatology and Wenzhou Medical College School of Stomatology in 2012.
The exchange program was designed to give Dugoni School students and their counterparts in China an opportunity to learn about dental education abroad. Back in April, several Dugoni School students travelled to Beijing to get a glimpse of dental school life in China (read story).
During their visit, the students attended lectures, observed procedures in our clinics and met with several students and faculty members. Interim Dean, Dr. Nader Nadershahi hosted the visiting students and several faculty members at a special welcome dinner. They also had the chance to examine the skulls in the school's Spencer R. Atkinson Library of Applied Anatomy Collection. The visiting students joined Dugoni students on a SCOPE outreach to a health fair in Chinatown during the weekend. During their leisure time, Dugoni School students took them around to explore San Francisco, including Alcatraz, scenic hikes, a trip to the beach, and of course, shopping at San Francisco's world class Union Square.
When asked what they liked best about the dental school and San Francisco, the students said "the professors and students communicate with each other as equals" and "the clinic spaces because they are so light and clean."
The goal of these exchange visits is to create opportunities to share knowledge and resources and ultimately, raise standards in dental education globally. In addition to its ties to Chinese dental schools, the Dugoni School maintains relationships with dental schools in Kuwait, Egypt, India and South America, among other locations. The school also supports international dental mission trips to Fiji and Jamaica each year.