Providing Oral Health to the Community
Pre-doctoral students from the UCLA chapter of the Student National Dental Association participated in the KJLH 13th Annual Women’s Health Forum. KJLH is the no. 1 black owned and operated radio station in Los Angeles. The health forum was held on Saturday, April 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center with roughly 9,000 people in attendance. School of Dentistry pre-doctoral student’s provided oral health/oral cancer screenings and general oral hygiene instruction to hundreds of Los Angeles women.
From left to right: Lourdes Moreno '14, Dr. Ed Hewlett, Loliya-Bob Manuel '15, Brandi Lewis '14, Ann Lee '15, and Alicia Schexnayder '15.
Forging Bonds Between Students
In February, five Japanese dental students, from the Asahi University School of Dentistry, visited Los Angeles for a week to spend time with UCLA DDS students. The two groups of students met the previous summer when they were all part of the Asahi-UCLA-Meikai (AUM) Program.
The whirlwind visit consisted of dinner at LA Live, a Lakers game, and lunch and shopping in Newport Beach. Several faculty members involved with the AUM program took time out of their busy schedules to have breakfast with and host a dinner for the group. Additionally, third year pre-doctoral students, who were about to experience the AUM program themselves, got a chance to meet the Japanese students and learn more about what to expect when they traveled to Japan in March.
The special visit was the first time in the history of the program, which is more than 10 years old, that students from Asahi University came to Los Angeles independently outside of the AUM program. Despite being from different countries, both groups of students have forged strong international friendships and bonds, as evidenced by the special visit.
Students Show Their Appreciation
To show their appreciation for the School of Dentistry’s staff and faculty, the Student Apollonian Society and ASB held a luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22 in the outside Volunteer Patio. After a delicious spread of sandwiches and wraps, the hosts held a drawing for various prizes and gift cards. More than 150 people attended the outside event. Thank you to the students for your hospitality.
Advocating for Oral Health
Eight pediatric dentistry residents had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Legislative Advocacy Days. The goal of the visit was to advocate for children’s dental health. The residents were joined by faculty members, Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez and Dr. Jim Crall. President of UCLA Friends of Pediatric Dentistry, a support group for the Section of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Mark Lisagor also joined the group.
ASDA Golf Tournament
The School of Dentistry’s American Student Dental Association Chapter held their golf tournament at the City of Industry Golf Club. A total of 80 golfers, consisting of students, faculty, alumni, and friends participated in the annual tradition. Congratulations to the following winners:
- 1st Place: Dr. Paul Campbell (Periodontics Lecturer) & Team
- 2nd Place: Dr. Tony Kuo '98, Will Chen, Kevin Chen & Eddie Lee
- 3rd Place: Dr. Cooney, Dr. Jim Callahan, Dr. Bob Dent & Dr. Brad Kane
Most Honest Team: Dr. Mark Ozaki (Restorative Dentistry Lecturer), Denise Robles ‘15, Kiki Moriguchi ’15 & Brittany Ko ‘15
Closest to the Pin: Jeremy Barrett (Orthodontics Resident)
Longest Drive: Favian Cheong ‘16
Most Accurate Drive: Jeff Rafalski ‘13
Putting Contest: Dr. Tony Kuo '98
Thank you to committee members; Grant Burgdorf ’15, Mark Ortega ’15, Anthony Fioretti ’16, and Steven Petritz ‘16 for organizing the event.
Thank you for the support of the following faculty, who generously sponsored a student golfer:
|Dr. Bibb||Dr. Christensen||Dr. Duell||Dr. Garrett|
|Dr. Goldstein||Dr. Longhurst||Dr. Messadi||
2013 UCLA Grad Games
Nearly 25 pre-doctoral students from the School of Dentistry competed in the annual UCLA Grad Games, which is an annual 4-day event that the School of Medicine organizes. The School of Dentistry group showed their athletic prowess and placed 1st and 2nd place in soccer, 1st and 3rd in dodge ball, 1st place in racquetball, went to the semi-finals in basketball, placed 2nd and went to the semi-finals in football, and went to the finals in Ping-Pong. The games’ popularity increased from 2012 and this year participants from every class were represented. Thanks to Eric Mejia and Erik Balinghasay for coordinated the School of Dentistry’s participation.