May 11, 2016
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry recently held a commencement for the graduates of the school's Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEF) program. Held at the school on Saturday, May 1, the event honored 22 students who completed the intensive nine-month program.
The ceremony featured remarks by Acting Executive Associate Dean Richard Fredekind, RDAEF Course Director Molly Newlon, and faculty member Dr. Brian Kenyon. The program graduates are J. Sergio Alvarez, Clara Baca, Editha Caballa, Henry Espinoza, Lauren Essy, Tracy Forrest, Shelly Frank, Jessica Giron, Diego Gonzalez Loya, Kelly Hernandez, Jessica Herrera, Sheria Hyde, DaNelle Littleton, Marvin Martinez, Nora Moore, Norma Nunez, Armida Padilla-Miranda, Ziyuan Peng, Jesus Perez, Linda Quach, Debra Rhymes and Teresa Woo.
RDAEF courses have been offered in California for many years, but expanded functions were adopted in recent years, requiring RDAEFs to complete a more in-depth certification program. The Dugoni School of Dentistry's course satisfies the Dental Board of California's requirements for new and existing RDAEFs who wish to expand their licensure in preparation for earning certification in the new extended functions.
RDAEFs are trained to complete many restorative procedures which were previously only done by dentists. Although the dentist will continue to oversee treatment and will complete all surgical procedures on the teeth, the RDAEF is trained to properly complete many complex tasks-such as the filling of restorations-which can free up the dentist to see more patients and to deliver more care. RDAEFs are especially useful in large clinic or rural settings which often have a lack of dentists available to treat the underserved.
The revised extended duties, which can be performed by dental assistants who complete this course and pass the Dental Board of California exam for extended functions, include making final impressions for crown, bridge and removable partial dentures and filling and polishing amalgam, composite and glass ionomer restorations. RDAEFs who complete this program may also complete general oral health assessments in community clinic settings and fit master and accessory cones for endodontic (root canal) procedures.
The Continuing Dental Education Division at the Dugoni School of Dentistry is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 session of its RDAEF program. The application deadline is July 1, 2016. The curriculum will be taught by faculty members from Dugoni School and University of California, San Francisco, and will take place over a nine-month period on various weekends in San Francisco. Qualified candidates can take advantage of interest-free payment plans or a new funding option through the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan program. For details on how to apply, click here.