Student News

Posted on: Sunday, 03/13/2016

Something to Smile About

The dental school was the recipient of a coveted E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award from the American Dental Association Foundation for the student-run Operation Bruin Smiles program. The program was one of six selected to receive a $5,000 monetary award. Funding from the ADA Foundation will be strictly dedicated to dental treatment for the underserved populations that Operation Bruin Smiles serves. For the award application, a video submission was also required. View the Operation Bruin Smiles video application.

Brian Lehigh (pictured third from the right), along with his fellow dental student Tigon Abalos (second from the right), co-founded and developed the Operation Bruin Smiles program over the last year and a half. The program was created to increase dental care access and provide subsidized dental treatment for student veterans and former foster youth attending UCLA. 

The Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award annually highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. This award supports the “Access to Care” mission pillar of the ADA Foundation, by helping dental student groups provide oral health care to those in need. These awards are funded by a donation from the Tarrson Family and by a generous donation from ADA Business Resources, Inc.

In addition to the ADA Foundation funding that the Operation Bruin Smiles program received, they were also chosen to run a UCLA Spark Campaign. The campaign kicked off on Saturday, March 12th and will run for 30 days. The groups goal is to raise $10,000 in 30 days. To help the student, Dean No-Hee Park pledged that the School of Dentistry will match every dollar raised through the campaign, up to $10,000. If you are interested in helping to further build their patient care fund, please consider giving to their Spark Campaign.

UCLA ASDA Chapter Wins Big at Annual Meeting

The UCLA American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Chapter continues to be a national example of excellence in leadership, teamwork and academic involvement. UCLA ASDA took home five national awards for chapter achievements – more than any other chapter this year. The chapter received the following awards:

  • Best Newsletter in Competition - Sharlene Cam ('18) and Darron Miya ('18)

  • Best Website in Competition - Holvin Louie ('18) and Richard Che ('19)

  • Website Design & Layout - Holvin Louie ('18) and Richard Che ('19)

  • Outstanding Pre-Dental Involvement - Carlynn Chappell ('18) and Taylor Nakashima ('18)

  • 2nd Place in Pre-Dental Recruitment - Carlynn Chappell ('18) and Taylor Nakashima ('18)

Also, Tim Yu ('18) was awarded second place in the student competition of the ASDA Student Research Presentation. Sharlene Cam has been appointed to the National ASDA Editorial Board, serving as the electronic editor. After helping create an award winning publication with The Diastema, there is no doubt that she will do great things at the national level.

A note from the 2015-2016 UCLA ASDA Executive Cabinet:

“We would like to thank the entire UCLA School of Dentistry student body. It is your continued involvement and support that makes UCLA ASDA truly amazing. And it is your tireless dedication that allows our chapter to remain one of strongest in the nation year after year. Additionally we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our faculty and staff, without your support our organization would never be able to accomplish everything it has.”

Promoting Oral Health in the Community - Give Kids A Smile 2016

The Section of Pediatric Dentistry held another successful Give Kids A Smile event on Saturday, February 6th at The Children’s Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles in the city of Inglewood.

The team, made up of volunteer faculty, students, and residents, provided excellent dental services to more than 70 children, with a value of care at nearly $10,000. Treatment included; 71 screenings, 41 prophylaxis, 70 X-rays, 39 fluoride treatment, 48 sealants, 18 restorations, and 6 tooth extractions. The team also provided education/oral hygiene instructions to 71 children. In total, there were 137 volunteers who participated in the event. The goal is to encourage children who attend the event to have regular check-ups at The Children's Dental Center. For the past several years, the Section of Pediatric Dentistry has proudly represented the UCLA School of Dentistry at this worthwhile community event. Photos from the event can be seen here.



Hard Work Recognized

Two Clinic Pride Days were held over the last four months, on November 7 and February 20. Thirty-two students attended the November clean-up event and 36 students came out to the February clean-up event, which was an increase compared to previous events. Thanks to our repeat attendees and newcomers!

A special certificate of appreciation was presented to fourth year dental student, Max Bachour. Now close to his graduation, Max has participated in every Clinic Pride Day since he became a dental student, over 3.5 years ago. Max was recognized for his commitment to the dental school and the entire clinical team. His dedication and altruistic spirit has benefited all dental students who have worked in the clinics during their tenure in the school. Thank you Max for the example that you have set.