Welcome to the DDS Class of 2016
On Wednesday, September 19, in Schoenberg Hall, the School gave a warm UCLA welcome to the incoming DDS Class of 2016 with the annual White Coat Ceremony.
The ceremony signifies the start of the student’s four-year academic dental career at the School and for some, possibly longer, who pursue post-graduate studies. To kick-off the ceremony, Dean No-Hee Park and Dr. Ronald Mito, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Personnel, gave inspirational and motivating speeches to the students who were then given a white dental coat, courtesy of the Apollonian Society. After the student made the ascent to the stage, they introduced themselves and named their most recent alma mater to fellow students, family, friends, faculty and staff.
Following the procession, the Class of 2016 recited the Dental Student’s Pledge and enjoyed an outdoor reception. Welcome to the Class of 2016.
The Apollonian Society
Founded by alumni and friends, the Apollonian Society is dedicated to funding initiatives that enhance the student experience and strengthen the reputation of the UCLA School of Dentistry. The Apollonian Society helps to fund the annual White Coat Ceremony, the patient care subsidy fund, student scholarships and new state-of-the-art equipment. Recently, the School completed its initiative to install computers and monitors in each cubicle in the predoctoral clinic to facilitate paperless charting and digital imagery to improve patient care.
Brandi Lewis, DDS Class of ’14, Receives Prestigious Scholarship Award
DDS Class of 2014 student, Brandi Lewis, received a prestigious scholarship award from the National Association of Minority Medical Educators – an organization dedicated to ensuring diversity in the health care profession. Through a collaborative effort between UCLA’s Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity, Dr. Charles Alexander, and School of Dentistry’s Drs. Carol Bibb and Ed Hewlett, Brandi became the first UCLA DDS student to receive this award Congratulations Brandi on your scholarship!
Nearly 150 Alumni & Friends Attend the UCLA Periodontics’ Annual Reception
The Section of Periodontics held its Annual Alumni and Friends Reception in conjunction with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Annual Meeting, which took place in downtown Los Angeles at the JW Marriott LA Live. The local venue was advantageous as the turn-out at the reception was one of the best on record, with nearly 150 alumni and friends in attendance. This year was especially significant as it gave the School and the Section of Periodontics an opportunity to recognize Dr. E. Barrie Kenney, a long-time faculty member and former Section Chair of Periodontics who announced his retirement in June. Another faculty member, Dr. Susan Kinder Haake, who passed away earlier in the year, was also honored at the reception. Both individuals made a significant impact on the Section of Periodontics. Thank you to everyone who attended.
|Caption: Current Periodontics Residents with Dean No-Hee Park and Dr. Perry Klokkevold.||Caption: Left to right, Dr. Perry Klokkevold, Interim Chair of the Section of Periodontics, Dean No-Hee Park, Dr. E. Barrie Kenney and Dr. Paulo Camargo, Associate Dean of Clinical Dental Sciences.|
|Caption: Periodontics Alumni including past and present faculty and residents.||Caption: Dr. Henry Takei, Dr. Fermin Carranza and Dr. E. Barrie Kenney.|
Volunteers from the School of Dentistry Provide Free Dental Care to the Uninsured
At a four-day health clinic in downtown Los Angeles, more than 60 volunteers from the School of Dentistry provided much-needed dental services to hundreds of uninsured Angelinos. The clinic was organized by Care Harbor in collaboration with L.A. Care Health Plan and Dignity Health, and co-sponsored by the UCLA Health System.
Starting on Thursday, September 27 through Sunday, September 30, one hundred dental chairs were set-up at the Los Angeles Sports Arena for people needing cleanings, fillings, extractions and root canals. Dean No-Hee Park, Dr. Tara Aghaloo, Dr. Ed Hewlett, Dr. Diana Messadi, Dr. Mo Kang, Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Dr. Sue Spackman, Dr. Pranay Gulati and dozens of pre-doctoral students and residents volunteered at the event. This year, demand for dental care was the greatest and event organizers estimated that 4,800 patients attended and more than 3,000 volunteers participated, 200 of which were from UCLA. To read more about the event on UCLA Today, click here.
|Dr. Tara Aghaloo and Dean No-Hee Park||Residents from the School|
|Dr. Aghaloo, Dr. Hewlett, Dean Park and
alumni Frank Laaly '06
|Dr. Ed Hewlett with residents|
Welcome to Our New International Friends
On Monday, September 24, the School welcomed 36 international students from around the world who are enrolled in the International Postgraduate Training Programs (IPTP) or the Preceptorship programs. Thirteen countries, including the U.S., are represented from the group. Welcome to all the new international students. Good luck in your training.
Congratulations to the Section of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Daniela Silva, Section Chair of Pediatric Dentistry, reported that all the Pediatric Residents from San Diego, Westwood and Venice passed the first phase of their specialty board examinations. Congratulations to the residents for their hard work and a job well done to the faculty from the Section of Pediatric Dentistry on their excellent instruction.
Restorative Dentistry Invests in the Future
The Division of Restorative Dentistry made a significant investment in its training and instructional offerings. With help from an in-kind donation from the manufacturer, Sirona, and funds from the Dean’s Office, the Division recently acquired several CEREC CAD/CAM machines – dental restoration equipment that use computer-assisted technologies. This new equipment will allow crowns and ceramic inlays and onlays to be made conveniently at chair-side, saving dentists and patients a great deal of time. With this technology, dentists can now make a perfect replica of a tooth with computer-aided design in nearly half the time with fewer appointments.
The acquisition of this equipment demonstrates the School's commitment to providing the most advanced dental training and care possible. Special thanks to Dr. Richard Stevenson for spear-heading the acquisition of this new equipment and the faculty in the Division of Restorative Dentistry for taking the time to be trained on the new equipment. (Photos courtesy of Todd Cheney).
HHMI Students Bring Home the Bronze
High school students from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-College Science Education program, Imani Smith and Cecilia Reyes, took home third place in the category of Oral Biology and Dental Medicine at the 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference in Boise, Idaho. Imani and Cecilia were part of the fourth cohort to go through the science education program. They are grateful for the support they received from Dr. Ichiro Nishimura, who mentored them in the program.
The HHMI program was slated to end this past August, but because of unexpended funds, the program was extended to 2013. The School would like to thank the faculty who have participated in this program. Their time and guidance have made a true impact on dozens of young people’s lives. To read the entire press release on the HHMI extension, click here.