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Students Shine During Excellence Day

Fernando Pessoa, class of 2009, presents his restorative dentistry case to Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. during the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s annual Excellence Day.

June  13, 2008

Students from the dental school showcased their clinical and research skills during the school's annual Excellence Day held May 21. The event, sponsored by Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society's Delta Delta Chapter, Procter & Gamble, Ivoclar Vivadent and Western Dental Services, Inc., provided a platform for students to present their accomplishments in research and dental treatment.

During the clinical portion of the event, nearly 50 students demonstrated their clinical skills using live patients, electronic presentations and informative posters in the dental school's main clinic. Students competed in several categories including aesthetics, complex restorative, implants and removable prosthodontics.

Teams of dental school faculty members reviewed and evaluated students' cases based on oral and physical presentation, case difficulty, preparation and treatment. All winners in the clinical categories are from the class of 2008:

Aesthetic Dentistry: First Place, Saam Zarrabi; Second Place, Nate Porter; Third Place, Dan Haws

Complex Restorative Dentistry: First Place, Jason Matsushino; Second Place, Nick Morton; Third Place, Russ Homer

Implant Dentistry: First Place, Kelly Heetland; Second Place, Diana Belli

Removable Prosthodontics: First Place, Christine Phan; Second Place, Rob DiVito; Third Place, Cynthia Wong

Supportive Therapies: Beatriz Parra

Hygiene student explaining her research project to a faculty member

During the research portion of Excellence Day, students presented 48 different projects focusing on topics such as oral cancer treatment and the use of saliva for DNA analysis. Each student paired with a faculty mentor to conduct their research. Students competed for a spot at the ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Program during the ADA Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas, in October and for the chance to compete in the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tenn., in November, as well as in the CDA Annual Scientific Session in Anaheim next spring.

A committee of faculty members selected the Pacific student representatives for research in the following categories:

ADA/Dentsply Research Competition: Cassidy Lavorini-Doyle, class of 2009

CDA Scientific Session Awards: George Kohout, class of 2009; Robert Passamano, class of 2009

Hinman Symposium Awards: Jason Ouellette, class of 2009; Beau Ulrich, class of 2009

Senior Research Competition: First Place, Andrew Michael; Second Place, Blake Kitamura; Third Place, Nicole Sakai

Category Type: Special Events

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu