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OAGD Partners with OAGDF to Develop Learning Center

Building a bridge to the future – changing the game for dental education in Oregon.

The Oregon Academy of General Dentistry is moving forward with plans to partner with the newly established OAGD Foundation (OAGDF) to develop an education center in Portland.  Due to the many logistical challenges with space at the OHSU School of Dentistry, it has been difficult to efficiently provide the level and amount of continuing dental education (CDE) for which we are known. Since 2015, OAGD has had to move around the region to find venue’s that support our business model.

With input from leaders in the Oregon dental community, OAGD board and the newly established OAGD Foundation board, we are moving forward with the plans for a new education center. Our goal is to partner with OAGDF to raise funds for the Center. We see a future with expanded humanitarian programs while also ensuring that OAGD shall be able to maintain CDE excellence needed by Oregon’s dentists so that they may serve all Oregonians statewide. 

The OAGDF Education Center will be home for humanitarian programs that will also provide increased opportunities for Oregon’s dentist to learn via hands-on dentistry. This will help OAGD reach their goals by ensuring that there is a home for lifelong dental learners with modern learning technologies including distance learning capacity.

The Center will be large enough and include a variety of meeting and hands-on course spaces to enable OAGD to provide more control over costs and business operations. OAGD will lease space from OAGDF at fair market value. After extensive analysis, OAGD is confident that expenses for leasing from OAGDF will be near to current OAGD venue expenditures but with huge advantages.

Space Design will include:

  • Classroom for 100, dividable (and rentable for all group sizes)

  • Clinic with 12-15 chairs, surgical operatory

  • Dental Sim Lab for 16

  • Live Webcasting Capacity for Interactive Long-distance Courses

  • Full Dental Imaging Capacity

Center Allows for OAGDF Programs Community Programs:

  • Home for a bank of dental equipment to be loaned to those going on dental humanitarian projects.

  • Provide facilities and support for children’s dental health volunteer and children’s volunteer days

  • focusing on underserved populations.

  • Provide facilities and support for at-risk women’s dental health days.

  • Home for a dental assisting training program



Please Join the OAGD today to raise funds for the OAGD Foundation Education Center;
be part of the campaign to link humanitarian dentistry for Oregonians
with high quality education and high-quality experiences to our profession.

Help us build the bridge to the future for Oregonians and dental professionals.


Campaign Progress


OAGDF needs to raise $1,000,000 to be able to complete this project and already more than $260,000 has been committed by both individuals and companies. In addition, A-Dec is donating all 12 chairs and promises a state-of-the-art clinic for the clinic! OAGDF hopes to have all funds committed by the end of 2018 to ensure that we move forward as soon as possible.  Here are just a few ways to get involved:

Naming Opportunities:   

  • Operatories (12)

  • Lab

  • Sterilization

  • X-ray area

Other Donor Recognitions:

  • Name on the plague wall in reception area of Center

Giving Levels:

  • Bernie Taylor Society (50,000-Up) 

  • Bill Howard Club (25,000-49,999)

  • Masters Club (10,000-24,999)

  • Fellowship Club (5,000-9,999)


Other Progress Towards Our Future:

OAGD has set up the OAGD Foundation and is currently seeking tax exempt status from the US Government.

Platinum and silver financial sponsor support levels totaling $25,000/year for five years have been established and with only a few requests so far made, $30,000/year has already been committed.


 

To get more involved or to make a pledge, contact:

Laura Seurynck RDH, MS
Executive Director
Oregon Academy of General Dentistry Foundation
1730 SW Harbor Way #502 Portland, OR 97201
(o) 503-228-6266 (f) 503-228-4838

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