Research, Clinical and Community Service Achievements Highlighted at Excellence Day

May 29, 2015


Each year, students, faculty and staff gather to celebrate research, clinical and community service achievements at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Excellence Day is a long-standing tradition that allows the Pacific Dugoni community to share their projects with colleagues, friends, alumni and other special guests. The 17th Annual Pacific Research Day and 14th Annual Clinical Excellence Day took place on May 27, 2015 on the Pacific Dugoni campus in San Francisco. The event featured poster presentations, case presentations with patients, a keynote speech, reception and awards ceremony.

The keynote lecture was delivered by guest speaker, Casey Chen, BDS, PhD, DDS, professor and chair of the division of periodontology, diagnostic sciences and dental hygiene at University of Southern California's Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. The lecture was titled "Microbial Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease in the Omics Era."

Service Excellence

During the community service segment of the awards ceremony, graduating officers of the Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) program were honored for their service. SCOPE is the student-run volunteer community service organization at the dental school. The graduating officers are listed below in alphabetical order.

Helen Berdichevsky, Amy Blake, Kim Butler, Stosh Calciano, Chris Duhn, Niki Ghaderi, Tiffany Giang, John Kim, Stephanie Kroll, Myoli Landig, Peter March, Scott Morgan, Brandon Nakken, Tina Ngo, Richa Patel, Michael Pham, Jenni Tung, Ethan Yoo, Holly Yuen and Bliss Zin.

Research Excellence

First- and Second-Year Student Research Presentations
ADA/Dentsply Award [Student Clinicians of the ADA (SCADA) Award] - Michael Yee
Hinman Symposium Awards - Alvin Trinh and Hobin Kang
AADR San Francisco Section Award - Diana Furukawa and Raymond Pandez (Photo at left)
ADA Foundation/COLGATE Dental Student's Conference Award - Alexis Hernandez

Senior Student Research Presentations
Excellence Awards - Rachael Prokes and Sang Woo Kim

IDS Student Review Presentations
Excellence Award - Franny Abad

Stockton Campus Student Presentations
Excellence Award - Arielle Miller

Clinical Excellence

Aesthetic Dentistry
First Place - Andrew Cummings; Second Place - Lauren Ma

First Year
First Place - Jessie Yu; Second Place - Andrew LaFlamme

Second Year
First Place - Joseph Meade; Second Place - Jaimie Kwon

CAD/CAM/LAVA Cosmetic Dentistry
First Place - Susanne Wolfe and Alyson Felesina

Implant Dentistry
First Place - Armand Bedrossian; Second Place - Annie Nagel

Complex Restorative
First Place - Ariel Canda; Second Place - Jhankhana Shah and Sergio Souza

Removable Prosthodontics
First Place - Emily Vaccarezza; Second Place - Catherine Varsanyi and Navreena Sahota

First Year IDS Clinical
First Place - Ibrahim Sayeed and Namrata Upadhyay

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 the 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.

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