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IDS Students Honored with Annual Dixon Scholarship Award

Drs. Zhanna Konovalenko and Jignesh Parmar with Rosemary Dixon and Dean Ferrillo

December  19, 2013

Two International Dental Studies (IDS) students were honored by the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for exemplary work and involvement on Dec. 11.  Drs. Jignesh Parmar and Zhanna Konovalenko, both members of the IDS Class of 2014, were presented with the 8th Annual Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon Scholarship Award acknowledging achievements each made during their first year in the dental school's IDS program. Each will receive a check for $5,472 during graduation.

The Dixons, longtime donors and friends of the dental school, created the Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Endowment in Spring 2005 to provide scholarships for international dental students at the Dugoni School. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated leadership qualities and academic accomplishments made during their time in the IDS program.

Dr.  Yuly Vilderman, an alumnus from IDS class of 1993, also contributes generously to the Dixon IDS Endowment. His additional funding was instrumental in making the student scholarships the largest to date. 

Dr. Jignesh Parmar earned his dental degree in India from the S.J.. Dental College and Hospital in Chitradurga, Karnataka, India. In his time at the Dugoni School, he has been involved with many student groups including the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), in which he serves as a representative for his class.  Parmar was responsible for organizing the largest Bridge Builders event in May 2013, which is an annual celebration of the cultural diversity at the dental school and gives students, faculty and staff a chance to share their cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities with others. 

Dr. Zhanna Konovalenko received her dental degree from the Charles University in Prague, First Faculty of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic. Since joining Pacific, she has been heavily involved in the California Dental Association (CDA), serving as a class representative and a delegation member.  Konovalenko received an Honorary Mention at the CDA conference in April.  In addition to her work with the CDA, she is also a member of the Associated Student Body and actively volunteers at Student Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) events.  

IDS students hold dental degrees from schools outside the U.S., but need accreditation to practice in the United States. By completing the IDS program at the Dugoni School, students earn a U.S. doctor of dental surgery degree and eligibility to sit for any state or regional dental board in the country. The two-year accelerated program is very popular, receiving more than 650 applications and enrolling just 22 students in July of each year.

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