May 05, 2014
Recommendations from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry have been approved by University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck and the University Board of Regents as part of an institution-wide Academic Planning and Alignment process.
As a result, the location of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency program will be changing, and the Pacific Dental Care Clinic in Stockton will transition from offering a variety of general dental services to providing dental hygiene care only.
The AEGD program will consolidate to one site, the dental school's Union City Dental Care Center. This change will become effective at the start of the school's new academic year in July 2014. The school will phase out the Stockton-based AEGD program when the current residents graduate June 15, 2014. Residents and faculty will work with existing AEGD patients to complete their treatment or transition them to other local dental providers. The goals of this reorganization are to make the program become financially self-sustaining, increase the connection with the school's San Francisco clinics and programs, enhance global scholar student opportunities, enhance inter-professional relationships with other organizations and continue to provide quality care to patients.
These decisions will impact the future of the dental school's Stockton dental clinic, which is located on the University of the Pacific campus.
The Pacific Dental Care Clinic will change its focus of care. Starting this July, AEGD residents will no longer provide general dental services at the clinic. Dental Hygiene students will continue to provide dental hygiene care to the public. These services include preventive care such as cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments as well as x-rays, periodontal maintenance therapy and root planing (deep cleaning). Other services such as blood pressure screenings, oral cancer exams, tobacco cessation counseling and nutritional counseling are also available.
Once the AEGD residents finish providing general dental services at the clinic in mid-June 2014, dental faculty, staff and residents will work with AEGD patients on a case-by-case basis to complete their treatment plan over coming months at the clinic, or find another local dental provider.
Patients are also welcome to continue their care through the dental school's AEGD program at Union City Dental Center (Tel. 510.489.5200) or at the school's new clinics at its new downtown San Francisco campus (Tel. 415.929.6501). The Union City and San Francisco locations are each about two blocks from BART stations. More details about these clinics are available here.
Patients may continue to schedule dental hygiene appointments at the Pacific Dental Care Clinic by calling 209.946.7404. Current patients with any questions about the changes in care offered at the clinic are invited to contact the clinic directly.
Patients interested in transitioning to a dental office in San Joaquin County are invited to contact the San Joaquin Dental Society for more information on being referred to a local dentist (209.951.1311 or at their website).
Over the past year, University of the Pacific has reviewed its academic programs and administrative units within its schools and College, with an eye toward enhancing quality, financial sustainability and alignment with Pacific 2020, the University's strategic plan. More details about the Focusing on Our Future initiative are available at go.Pacific.edu/future.
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