OHSU School of Dentistry Graduates 92
June 14 was a day of smiles as OHSU School of Dentistry graduated 92 new dental professionals. There were 75 individuals receiving doctor of dental medicine degrees, and 17 receiving advanced specialty certificates (pediatric dentistry, 5; oral and maxillofacial surgery, 2; endodontology, 3; periodontology, 3; orthodontics, 4). Two of the specialty graduates also received master’s degrees.
“It feels good today,” said Jill Pollard, D.M.D. `13. “I know I got a great education.”
Sixty-two of the graduates (83 percent) plan to practice general dentistry, including private practice, associateships, group practices, the military, and public health. Twelve graduates from the Class of 2013, or 16 percent, will pursue advanced specialty training at such institutions as Case Western University, Temple University, and University of Colorado. Two graduates will remain in Portland for their advanced training, one at OHSU; the other at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital.
Thirty-one awards were presented to 2013 doctor of dental medicine graduates (see complete list at the end of this story). John Koski, D.M.D. `13, received the prestigious Stephen Peglow (D.M.D. `77) Award for possessing the qualities most desirable in a dentist including humility, compassion, skill, and sensitivity to patient needs. Nineteen from the Class of 2013 graduated with honor, with nine from the class inducted into the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Delta Chapter.
Of the 75 doctor of dental medicine graduates, eight had relatives who graduated from OHSU School of Dentistry, or its precursor, University of Oregon Dental School.
“I congratulate you not only for your accomplishments, but thank you for the inspiration you provide,” said OHSU President Joe Robertson Jr., M.D., M.B.A. “The School of Dentistry exemplifies what is best about OHSU: Nationally-recognized excellence applied to meeting the needs of our community.”
Charles Wilhoite gave greetings on behalf of the OHSU Board of Directors. “You represent the embodiment of OHSU’s pursuit of academic and professional excellence,” he said.
Oregon Dental Association President Jill Price, D.M.D. `92, discussed the many changes underway in dentistry and advised the Class of 2013 to rely upon organized dentistry for guidance. “This is the first day of a career that will be rewarding, frustrating, humbling, and fun, and this can happen all in the length of one day,” she said. “We need your voice as the practice of dentistry continues to evolve.”
Alumni Association President Jim Smith, D.M.D. `80, advised graduates to stay connected. “It’s important to stay in touch with one another, with your alumni association, and with your dental school, because that family is here to support you,” he said. “In just 1,757 days, it will be your five-year class reunion. It’s not too early to start thinking about that and planning for that because we want to make sure you all remain in touch with one another.”
Class of 2013 President Jordan Buhr, D.M.D. `13, thanked patients, educators, staff, classmates, and family in a humorous but heartfelt address. “It’s always amazed me how much our class has looked out for one another,” said Dr. Buhr. “Our class has so many genuine, compassionate, and thoughtful individuals and we’ve all worked hard to make it this far. When I look into this audience, I see the people who in the past four years have become my closest friends. I really do look up to you.”
Interim Dean Gary Chiodo, D.M.D. `78, F.A.C.D., extolled graduates to keep learning. “Your education must not stop as you walk across this stage today,” he said. “You must commit yourself to being a lifelong learner, lest you resign yourself to being left behind in the wake of technology.
“Congratulations, Class of 2013, on a well-chosen career,” said Dr. Chiodo. “I am extremely proud to count you among my colleagues.”
Class of 2013 Awards
Academy of Dental Materials Award
Academy of General Dentistry Award
Academy of Operative Dentistry Award
Academy of Osseointegration Implant Dentistry Award
Alpha Omega Scholarship Award
American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Student Award of Merit
American Academy of Implant Dentistry Award
American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Award
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Achievement Award
American Academy of Oral Medicine Award
American Academy of Periodontology Award
American Association of Endodontists Award
American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Award
American Association of Oral Biologists Award
American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dental Implant Student Award
American Association of Orthodontists Award
American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award
American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Leader Award
American College of Prosthodontists Predoctoral Student Prosthodontic Achievement Award
Certificate of Merit AAPD Predoctoral Student Award
Certificate of Merit Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
International College of Dentists Student Leadership Award
Hanau Best of the Best Prosthodontic Award
Jerome Schell/Gary Wilson Award for Clinical Excellence in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Larry Sorum Memorial Award in Endodontics
Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Delta Chapter
Oregon Dental Association Leadership Award
Oregon Society of Periodontists Award
Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics Award
Quintessance Award for Clinical Achievement in Restorative Dentistry
School of Dentistry Alumni Association Award in Memory of Stephen P. Peglow
Western Society of Periodontology