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Annual Excellence Day Showcases Clinical and Research Achievements, Community Service

Students and faculty interact with a patient at Clinical Excellence Day.

May  31, 2012

Students, faculty and invited guests proudly shared their achievements in the laboratory, dental clinic and community during the 12th Annual Clinical Excellence Day and the 14th Annual Pacific Research Day held at the Dugoni School of Dentistry on May 23.  

Excellence Day has become a much-anticipated annual tradition at the Dugoni School, and it provides a venue for students to demonstrate growth and share accomplishments. For the second year in a row, invited participants from Pacific's Stockton campus and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) also attended Excellence Day to present research findings.

Clinical Excellence Day

In the day's clinical portion, students presented case studies and clinical cases on topics such as removable prosthodontics, complex restorative procedures, veneers and implants. Several patients volunteered their time to attend the event and display the work of their student dentists in person. Community service projects and events were also highlighted.

"We were very impressed and excited about the turnout," said Dr. Bernadette Alvear Fa, assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences and co-coordinator of Clinical Excellence Day. "We were happy that so many students took the time to participate in such a fantastic and unique opportunity to showcase their work. We can celebrate their growth over the last two years, learn about their cases, talk to their patients, and see some of the best examples of treatment that took place in our clinics. They made the Pacific family proud."

Excellence Day 2012

A student shows off his work to Dr. Terry Hoover (center) and Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. (left).

Groups of dental school faculty members reviewed and evaluated students' cases based on oral and physical presentation, case difficulty, preparation and treatment. Winning presentations will be announced during graduation weekend's Alumni/Graduate Banquet.

Pacific Research Day

For the research portion of the day, students and faculty displayed presentations on a variety of topics including cleft lip and palate, oral cancer treatment, orthodontics and the effect of diet on oral health. Research Day also featured its fourth-annual keynote lecture, given by Dr. John Greenspan, Associate Dean for Global Oral Health at UCSF. Greenspan's lecture was entitled "HIV/AIDS, The Task Continues."

In addition to presenting their research to the school community, students also competed for prizes, including senior research competition awards and the ADA/Dentsply Award, which enables the student winner to attend the ADA Annual Session's Student Clinician Research Program.

Several committees of faculty members selected the winners of the awards below. Additional award recipients, including winners of the senior research competition, will be announced at the Alumni/Graduate Banquet.


ADA/Dentsply Award

Alex Ko, Michael Yee, Paulina Skupin and Nejat Düzgüneş
"Liposome Targeting to Porphyromonas Gingivalis: Potential Application to Photodynamic Therapy"

Hinman Symposium Award (2)

 Austin Davies, Michael Yee, Senait Gebremedhin, Nejat Düzgüneş and Krystyna Konopka
"Photodynamic Therapy of Candida Biofilms"

Kevin Hallgren, Samuel Liu, Mirek Tolar, Andrea DeLurgio, Neeta Chandwani and Marie Tolarova
"MTHFR 677CT Polymorphism and Cleft Lip and Palate Anomalies"

AADR Meeting Award (2)

Allison L. Hochwald, Alexander R. P. Blaseio, Homer Asadi and Gary D. Richards
"Implications of Masticator (Pterygomandibular) Space Variations for Inferior Alveolar Injection Efficacy"

Jamie Leach and Marie Tolarova
"The Role of Animal Proteins in Orofacial Clefting"


Excellence Award (2)

Dweepa Mehta, Manogna Katakam, Rupinderjit Kaur, Shilpa Karri, Syeda Mateen, Gitta Radjaeipour, Laura Reid, Noelle Santucci and Richard Lubman
"Pfm, Empress, Lava snd Procera: A Synopsis of Factors Influencing Decision Making of Indirect Restorative Materials"

Abhishek Ruparelia, Pratik Desai, Navreet Randhawa, Richa Patel and Yu-Sheng Lin
"Diminished Serum Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans Antibody and Porphyromonas Gingivalis Antibodies are Associated with Cadmium Exposure in US Adults: The Third National Health And Nutrition Examination Survey (Nhanes Iii, 1988-94)"


Second Year Clinical Excellence Day Award Winner

Adam Marre 
"Fixed Implant Complete Denture (FICD) using All-on-4 Maxillary Implant Placement Protocol with Immediate Denture Conversion Provisonalization" 

Hu-Friedy Clinical Excellence Day Award 

Adam Marre 
"Fixed Implant Complete Denture (FICD) using All-on-4 Maxillary Implant Placement Protocol with Immediate Denture Conversion Provisonalization"   

First Year Clinical Excellence Day Award Winner

First year operative and fixed course presentation
Jesse Mitchem

*Student presenters are indicated in bold type

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research, Honors and Awards, Special Events, Community Outreach

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