Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, Nearly three months have passed since graduation and still I find it difficult to believe that we conferred degrees for the 39th time in the history of the UCLA School of Dentistry. Maybe that is because I keep seeing familiar faces in the hallways—so many of our wonderful students have already begun their residencies and postgraduate training programs here. In addition, we enjoyed the visit of a new group of Japanese dental exchange students this summer and welcomed twelve new people—international dentists seeking training and licensure in the United States—to the Class of 2008. I hope that this newsletter helps everyone—including alumni, visitors, and newcomers—feel connected to our School.
Dean No-Hee Park, D.M.D., Ph.D.
98 DDS diplomas. 44 residency certificates. 17 oral biology advanced degrees. One commencement ceremony. A senior awards banquet. And inductions into the OKU dental honor society.
Dr. David Lee and Dr. Miki Nam Pledge $1 Million to the School
Dr. David Y. Lee, MD and Dr. Miki M. Nam, DDS have pledged the amount of $1,000,000 to the UCLA Foundation for the creation of the David and Miki Lee Endowment Fund for the benefit of the UCLA School of Dentistry’s academic programs. Dr. David Lee is a member of the School’s board of counselors and his wife, Dr. Miki Nam, received her DDS degree from UCLA in 1983.
New Developments Afoot at UCLA Dental Centers
Are you in the know when it comes to the new way in which the General Clinic is organized? Did you realize there are two additional pediatric residents at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center this year?
Have you met a PPID, OA, Post-Bacc or Exchange Student Yet?
It’s finally here—your guide to the students and their many acronyms. Meet Cornel, Raquel, Courtney, Hanako and many, many more. Plus, we publish the results of the recent student government elections, and share photos from the annual Dean's Dinner.
Service Near & Far
From Fullerton to Ensenada, the UCLA School of Dentistry is active in the community. Click here to learn about the recent dental health screen at Nara Bank and UCLA’s partnership with the Thousand Smiles organization in Mexico. Also in this issue, Dr. Sanders shares his insights with Southern California undergrads contemplating dentistry as a career.
Alumni, Faculty & Staff in the Spotlight
Summer was a productive time for our faculty as well as our alumni, many of whom won awards and other honors. Also in this issue, we bid goodbye to three staff retirees—and wave hello to eleven new staff members.
To Ensure Reimbursement, Follow the UCLA Travel Policy
Online travel search engines can save you money—just be sure to follow UCLA Travel Policy guidelines. Learn more.
Can an Employee Cater a Dental School Event?
This and other questions on outside vendors answered here.