January 22, 2021
SFDS Annual Meeting
Installation of Officers & Directors

Join us to celebrate! Help us thank our outgoing officers and committee chairs. Welcome our incoming officers and board of directors.

You will have an opportunity to help us determine which student posters/presenters will win first, second, and third place prizes.

Date: January 27
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Zoom
Interested in sponsoring this event? Give us a call.
We Want Your 2020 Dental-Related Photos

Do you want to be included in our year-in-review video for the Annual Meeting on January 27? Then send us your 2020 dental-related photos. What has 2020 been like in your office? We'd love to see pictures. Please make sure each photo is related to dentistry and that you have permission to share it with us.

Send pictures to Rachel at membership@sfds.org with the subject line "Pictures for Year-in-Review" no later than 8 AM Monday, 1/25/2021. Then register above for the virtual Annual Meeting to see the finished video.
The SFDPH Vaccine Registration Site Link has Closed. It was available for a limited time. We want to thank our SFDPH partners for working with us to get vaccines into your arms and into the arms of your dental team members. 

And we thank all of you who have taken the CDC vaccine modules and are ready to volunteer to administer vaccines when called upon to help.  

While some missed the opportunity to make vaccine appointments we have been working to identify other vaccine partners. Dugoni School of Dentistry, while a recently approved vaccination site, lacks vaccines. Once they receive vaccine and finish vaccinating their internal community, they will open up to serve the wider dental community - this may take a few weeks. SFDS will continue to work closely with them to get the word out to you once they are ready and able to serve the wider dental community. Please note that UOP does not yet have dates as they do not yet have vaccines. They are not making appointments or taking calls about the vaccine at this time but they will let SFDS know when they have the vaccines and how appointments will be made.

This is a fluid situation, so please regularly read our notices to stay informed and up to date.

In the meantime, here are some additional options provided by the SFDPH:

Phase 1a, vaccination is available through the following additional vaccinators. We are working to identify more such vaccinators and locations. Slots may be limited, because COVID-19 vaccine supply is still limited.

These providers may require documentation that you are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination as a healthcare worker.

Kaiser Permanente

Sutter Health

UCSF (newer info)
NEED A Dental Assistant?
Is your office in need of dental assistants or registered dental assistants? Partner with JVS to invest in your future workforce and find the talent you need!

See the following attached documents:
-         DA (DARHP) Program Summary
-         RDA Program Summary
DA Program things to note:
  • Students will be available for externship on March 15th
  • 160 hours over the course of 5 weeks (students generally work 4x/week at offices and spend 1 day with JVS continuing their professional development)
  • Students will be onboarded to a third party payroll that will cover liability insurance, workers comp, and payroll processing
  • Offices will be expected to contribute towards student wages (a max of $2k for 160 hours of work which is ~12.50/hr for the office)
  • Students will participate in in-person classes and are learning and practicing safe COVID protocol
  • Students will have Radiation Safety, Infection Control and BLS certificates
  • In order to complete the RS certificate, students will need to be supervised in externship taking 3 additional FMX

RDA Program things to note:
  • If you nominate your DA, JVS will work closely with you to help them get their RDA licensure
  • In order to be eligible, you have to be willing to give your assistant a title change and wage bump once they’ve received their license

If you’re interested in either of these programs, please reach out to Kelcie Wong, Director of Healthcare Programs at JVS at kwong@jvs.org or (415) 624-5383. Offices will need to undergo a selection process and will be matched according to best fit as determined by JVS.

JVS is a nonprofit workforce development agency serving the Bay Area whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and change lives by giving folks access to training that will prepare them for allied health roles. They’ve been partnering with dental societies throughout the Bay Area to design and deliver an efficient pipeline that trains Dental Assistants for hire, and helps incumbent DA’s obtain their RDA licenses. JVS believes their programs are mutually beneficial for dental offices and for students and seeking employer partners to host student externs and hire trainees.  
Face Mask 2

Vaccination Health Checker - report any side effects to the CDC

ADA COVID-19 Center: resources, webinars and more

Loan repayment program, supported by Prop 56, for dentists that serve Medi-Cal patients (at least 30% case load) for 5 years to receive $300K. There’s more detail here: https://www.phcdocs.org/Programs/CalHealthCares. The application cycle opens up Jan 18 with a deadline of Feb 12, 2021.
UOP Dugoni Student and CDA Representative Franz Wall was critically injured and paralyzed in a skiing accident over the Thanksgiving Holiday. SFDS Leadership, in our show of support, is promoting the Go-Fund-Me page that was set up to help Franz and the family defray the growing medical and rehabilitation expenses.

Renew Now

We look forward to working with you and providing you with continued support in 2021. Renew your membership here.
Quick-links from the SFDS COVID-19 News Page