Dugoni and Stanford Collaborate on Interprofessional Education

Dentistry Today


The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific is partnering with the Stanford University School of Medicine to develop new opportunities in interprofessional education and research. Collaborations will include a new rotation for dental students, guest faculty lectures and seminars, joint research projects, and treatment for presurgical patients at the Dugoni School’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) clinic in Union City, Calif. 

A new dental medicine and surgery rotation is now available for predoctoral dental students from the Dugoni School to give them hands-on experience working with faculty and patients at Stanford University hospitals and clinics. Third-year students will have the opportunity to attend clinical sessions at Stanford for two consecutive weeks. They also will receive training and provide oral surgical and hospital dentistry services appropriate to their skill level under the direct supervision of Stanford faculty.

Some collaboration is already underway, Dyani Gaudilliere, DMD, and Gary Roberts, DDS, of the Stanford University Medical Center visited Dugoni’s Integrated Clinical Sciences II course to discuss a variety of topics. They are now adjunct faculty at Dugoni. Also, several members of the Dugoni faculty are now working with Jill Helms, DDS, PhD, of Stanford on osseointegration research and attending her journal club meetings.

Residents and faculty members are now seeing presurgical and postsurgical rehabilitation patients from Stanford Medical Center at Dugoni’s Union City clinic, as dental health clearance often is required for a variety of surgeries. And, Sabine Girod, MD, DDS, PhD, chief of the Oral Medicine & Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Stanford University Hospitals, gave a presentation as part of Dugoni’s Dean’s Speaker Series last September.

“These exciting collaborations will help bridge the fields of medicine and dentistry and fit in well with several of the themes that are part of our strategic plan implementation,” said Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, dean of the Dugoni School of Dentistry.

“Through this growing partnership, our students will experience even more opportunities for interprofessional education and cross-professional development that will add to their skillset. Our hope is that we are preparing our students for the future of oral healthcare, which we see as more collaborative and integrated,” Nadershahi said.  

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