School News

Posted on: Monday, 10/26/2015

Welcome to the Class of 2019

For over 10 years, the UCLA School of Dentistry has been hosting an annual White Coat Ceremony to welcome each incoming class of dental students. This year’s ceremony took place on Wednesday, September 16th in Schoenberg Hall.

Dean No-Hee Park opened the ceremony by greeting the 87 new dental students, who make up the Class of 2019. The Dean gave an inspirational and motivational speech, and was followed by Dr. Ronald Mito, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Personnel.

The students were then invited to the stage to be introduced to the audience and given a white dental coat. They then announced their most recent alma mater. The White Coat Ceremony is practiced by schools in the healthcare professions and signifies the transition from pre-clinical studies to clinical health sciences.

The dental school has been conducting this ceremony since 2002. Dr. Tom Rauth ’73, this year’s alumnus of the year, established the ceremony to help signify the start of one’s dental training. Then in 2004, the Apollonian Society, a membership-based society dedicated to enhancing the student experience, sponsored the ceremony and continues the tradition today.

Following the procession and introductions, the Class of 2019 recited the Dental Student’s Pledge and enjoyed an outdoor reception with family and fellow students. 

On behalf of the entire School of Dentistry community, we welcome the Class of 2019 and wish you all the best of luck during the time here.


Promoting Oral Healthcare in the Community

More than 75 volunteer student dentists, residents, other trainees and faculty from the UCLA School of Dentistry examined nearly 250 patients at an annual Screening Day on Saturday, October 17 at the downtown Wilshire Bank branch. The Screening Day led up to a Treatment Day that took place at the school’s Westwood clinics on Saturday, October 24. This year’s screening day hit record attendance and resulted in 132 adults and children receiving free dental treatment. The treatment provided included 65 radiology procedures, 9 endodontic treatments, 75 extractions, 1 biopsy, 27 adult prophylaxes, 4 pediatric prophylaxes, 11 quadrants of scaling and root planning, 74 direct restorations and 10 advanced treatment plans. Altogether, 266 procedures were delivered to 132 patients. Nearly $30,000 in dental treatment was provided to patients. 

The Wilshire Bank team, led by Ms. Hyun Park, also provided the program with essential help in generating the initial patient sign-up lists, patient appointment confirmation and patient transportation between Wilshire Bank and UCLA. The UCLA/Wilshire Bank event is a joint effort created by Dean No-Hee Park and Wilshire Bank president, Mr. Jae Whan Yoo. The program was established in 2013 and will continue through 2017. The screening days take place at various bank branches across Los Angeles with the goal of attracting people who are underserved and are not able to regularly see a dentist. 

Special recognition goes to Drs. Paulo Camargo, Associate Dean for Clinical Dental Sciences and Nancy Riefel, Professor of Public Health & Community Dentistry, for their hard work on coordinating the two events. Thank you also to Dr. Jeff Goldstein’s office for conducting all patient registration procedures, and Mr. Vincent Chan’s assistance in creating all patient appointments and schedules.

On behalf of the school administration, we thank all participants on this list for their contributions to providing dental care to patients that are underserved.