September 11, 2012
Dr. Allen Wong has been named director of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. Wong will be responsible for the overall management and development of the AEGD program's curriculum; outcomes measurement process; faculty and staff development; recruitment and evaluation; and budget.
Wong has long-standing ties to University of the Pacific, having received his bachelor's degree, doctor of dental surgery and educational doctorate from the University. He received his postdoctoral Advanced Clinical Experience Residency certificate and his Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate from Pacific. He earned his fellowship from the American Association of Hospital Dentists and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry.
He has been a faculty member at the Dugoni School of Dentistry for many years, having previously served as the director of Highland Hospital's Hospital Dentistry Program; assistant director of the school's AEGD program; and director of the AEGD Clinic previously located at the school's San Francisco campus. He currently serves as the director of Pacific's Hospital Dentistry program, a position he has held since 2008 and will continue to hold alongside his new role of AEGD program director.
On top of his numerous faculty commitments, Wong also maintains a hospital-based private practice in San Francisco. He has been a champion for special needs patients, and has been instructing students on how to appropriately care for the vulnerable population of people with developmental disabilities for years. Wong has a genuine passion for giving back to communities both local and abroad. He frequently participates in community outreach events in the Bay Area, and has led dental student volunteers on a dental mission trip to Fiji multiple times.
"I am looking forward to working with the fantastic team of faculty, staff, and residents to produce a program that is world class in providing excellent dental care focused in prevention and delivered in a humanistic manner," said Wong. "I am interested in more than improving technical skills; I am interested in developing leaders that will make a difference in educating the public in oral health and improving systemic health."
The AEGD program is a one-year, American Dental Association-accredited postgraduate residency in general dentistry providing advanced training and clinical experience. The core of the program involves treating patients requiring comprehensive dental care. The school has two AEGD clinic sites, one in Union City and another in Stockton.
The program provides residents the opportunity to provide comprehensive dental care to healthy and medically compromised patients, attend supplemental seminars and to provide dental care to patients in community clinics and in hospital settings. Residents are directly involved in supervising dental students in a clinical setting. An optional second year allows residents to gain more in-depth training, offering the flexibility to pursue individual interests, advanced clinical cases, teaching or research projects.
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