School celebrates 44th Commencement
Congratulations to the graduates of the UCLA School of Dentistry Class of 2011!
On Sunday, June 5, 2011, faculty and staff conducted the dental school's 44th commencement ceremony. The doctor of dental surgery degree was awarded to 97 candidates. In addition, the school conferred 15 master's degrees and one Ph.D. degree in oral biology and granted 50 certificates to individuals who completed training programs in general dentistry and dental specialties.
Dean No-Hee Park presided over the joyous occasion. Ryan Abelowitz, president of the DDS Class of 2011, delivered a rousing speech in which he made the case that his was the "best class of dental school graduates in the universe." Acting on behalf of a faculty committee, the dean honored Dr. Carol Bibb as the distinguished faculty member of the year for her extraordinary record as an educator, both at UCLA and on the national stage. Dr. Park also took the opportunity during commencement to recognize alumna and longstanding philanthropist Dr. Miki Nam for her special relationship with the school. Dr. Nam encouraged the graduates to do as she had done and find ways to give back to their dental school alma mater. In his commencement address, Albert Carnesale, chancellor emeritus of UCLA, shared remarks both comic and serious about the nature of wisdom conveyed at graduation ceremonies, the history of dentistry, and the meaningful contributions the graduates will make to global health.
Drs. Lawrence Wolinsky, Ronald Mito, Carol Bibb and David Wong were joined by Dr. Robert Duell (a lecturer specially selected by the DDS class) in presenting hoods to the DDS candidates. Dr. Mito was joined by Drs. Colby Smith, Thomas Lee, Eleni Roumanas, Christine Quinn, Nadia Chugal, Eric Sung, James Kelly, Earl Freymiller, Diana Messadi, Eung-Kwon Pae, Clarice Law, Kenneth Troutman and Perry Klokkevold to present the postgraduate certificates. Dr. David Wong and Dr. Cun-Yu Wang awarded the PhD and the MS degrees.
In his closing remarks, Dr. Park echoed the sentiments of many of the day’s speakers; he urged the graduates to make a lifelong commitment to humanitarianism and to find their own unique ways to be of service. Dr. Afsaneh Malaekeh, president of the UCLA Dental Alumni Association, welcomed the graduates to the school's alumni family.
Following the ceremony, family and friends joined the graduates for a festive reception on Royce Quad. for a Commencement 2011 slideshow. Click here for a list of the 2011 graduates.
OKU inducts new members, bestows awards
Epsilon Zeta, the UCLA School of Dentistry’s chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental honor society, held its annual banquet May 19. Twelve Class of 2011 DDS students (from left to right in the photo at right): Konita Wilks, Matthew Johnson, Vanessa Robb, Cicely Smith, Garrett King, Chuck Carlson, Amir Chalak, Andrew Read-Fuller, Bo Yu, Peter Refela, Jessica Heit and Michael Han (not pictured) were inducted as members. Mark Hower (third from the right in the photo at right) of the Class of 2012 received the Kramer Award. Dr. John Yagiela received the prestigious Robert B. Wolcott Award for distinguished service to the dental profession. Dr. Wenyuan Shi was elected to honorary membership but was unable to attend the recognition event.
School welcomes new Professional Program for International Dentists students to the Class of 2013
Ten new doctor of dental surgery students officially entered the Class of 2013 on May 23, 2011. Pictured at right are: Back row, left to right: Saed Bayat Movahed, Shaib Ahmed, Gurinder Sidhu, Moayed Harb, SeyedAmirSaeed Yavari and Dipak Chaudhari and, front row, left to right: Tina Chang, Pegah Naji, Minakshi Gupta, and Heta Bhansali. The new students, all part of the Professional Program for International Dentists, hail from Pakistan, Iran, India, Taiwan, Qatar and Canada.
School formalizes International Postgraduate Training Programs and Preceptorships
This past spring, the UCLA School of Dentistry formalized its International Postgraduate Training Programs (IPT) and Preceptorships. Each year, the dental school hosts general and specialty dentists from the U.S., Canada and countries around the world. They choose the UCLA School of Dentistry as the place to continue their professional training--whether their goals are to improve their clinical skills, better serve their patients in their home countries upon their return, or eventually transition to practicing dentistry in the United States.
The school's IPT Programs vary in duration from one to three years. Upon completion of an IPT Program, a trainee receives a certificate signed by his or her program director as well as the dean. Preceptorships are much shorter in duration--between one and three academic quarters. Preceptors receive a certificate signed by their program directors and the associate dean of clinical dental sciences upon completion of their programs.
Dean No-Hee Park welcomed the new class of international trainees and preceptors on June 23, 2011.
To learn more about the IPT and Preceptor programs, click here.