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Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Shares Insight about Dental Profession to Registered Dental Assistants in Extended Functions Students

Dr. Dugoni (center) with RDAEF students and faculty.

November  05, 2012

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus, recently spoke to students enrolled in the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) certification program. The students are participating in a ten-month program to expand their dental assisting capabilities by becoming certified as an RDAEF.

In his lecture to the students, Dugoni emphasized the importance of RDAEFs to the dental profession. He explained the value that well-educated allied dental professionals can bring to a dental practice or clinic, and highlighted the important role RDAEFs play on a dental team. He also offered advice and insight for the students to consider as they continue to advance their dental assisting skills.

"Love what you do with a passion, and do your best to give your patients the best care you can," said Dugoni. "After 40 years of accumulated practice, I can tell you that success in this profession requires the skillful blending of your scientific knowledge, clinical excellence and interpersonal skills. I know that you're taking great steps toward this success."

Dr. Dugoni with RDAEF students

Dr. Dugoni sharing school memorabilia with Dr. Molly Newlon (front) and RDAEF students.

In a private practice or clinical setting, a dentist oversees treatment and completes all surgical procedures on the teeth, but can utilize RDAEFs, who are trained to properly complete many complex tasks. This can free up the dentist to see more patients and deliver more care. RDAEFs are especially useful in large clinics or rural settings which often suffer from a lack of dentists available to treat underserved communities.

This is the second session of the Dugoni School of Dentistry RDAEF course - the first was offered during the 2011-2012 academic year. The program takes place on multiple weekends and is taught by Molly P. Newlon, DDS, MA, an '82 graduate of Pacific, and a handful of dedicated Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF School of Dentistry faculty members.

For more information, call the Dugoni School of Dentistry's Division of Continuing Dental Education at 415.929.6485 or visit

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