School News

Posted on: Wednesday, 08/28/2019


Infrastructure Upgrades to Improve Patient Care

In a multi-phased, cross-departmental project, most of the operatories located in the general clinics on the second and third floors are now equipped with new dental chairs and units. Additionally, all clinic operatory computers have been replaced with faster units, improving the efficiency of axiUm. Card tap readers were also installed throughout the clinics, replacing the swipe card readers.

This $2.5M project, funded by Dean Krebsbach, was an essential upgrade needed to keep up with the caliber and quality of training and patient care that the UCLA School of Dentistry maintains.

The entire project took over a year to plan and, in order to minimize the impact on our clinic operations, it was executed in only three weeks. Several units in the dental school had to work in a coordinated and integrated manner to successfully complete this very complex project in such a short period of time. Key individuals in the project included Dr. Paulo Camargo, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs; Lisa Gotori-Koga, facilities planning manager, who supervised the removal and installation of equipment; Grant Yano and Jose Ramirez from IT services, who removed and installed computers and tap readers; and Raman Chohan and Cheryll Andico, with DGIT, who managed ID badge replacements. Thanks to our corporate partners, Midmark, Adec, Acteon, and Bien Air for working on a tight deadline to replace the equipment.

A Valuable Cultural Exchange

For the past 12 years, the UCLA School of Dentistry has hosted 10 dental students from Meikai University and Asahi University during the summer quarter. From August 14 through August 22, UCLA again welcomed the Japanese dental students to Westwood. From tours of a private practice in the South Bay to Dodgers baseball games, the students saw what life is like for a UCLA dental student.

The students were able to come to UCLA because of the Dr. Susumu Miyata Endowment for Educational and Cultural Exchange, an enrichment program that was established in 2006. The group’s travel costs were covered through the endowment, which is intended to create a memorable exchange among UCLA, Meikai University, and Asahi University dental students. Earlier in the year, 10 UCLA students had the opportunity to travel to Japan to visit Meikai University and Asahi University. Beyond the cultural interaction between the two groups of students, the friendships formed are invaluable.

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