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What is the Pacific Pre-Dental Society?

What is the Pacific Pre-Dental Society?

What is the Pacific Pre-Dental Society?

The Pacific Pre-Dental Society is the reformed version of the Pre-Dental Club, which was a small and relatively inactive club on campus. A group of students sought to revolutionize the Pre-Dental Club so that it could become a real resource for pre-dental students to use. The Pre-Dental Society was formed in order to provide support for University of the Pacific students who are interested in pursuing dentistry as a career.

This organization provides an excellent opportunity for students to meet dental school faculty, current dental students from various dental schools, as well as practitioners already in the field. It also offers volunteer opportunities, mock DAT exams, PAT and interview workshops, trips to Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and a comfortable atmosphere where all those interested or involved in dentistry can socialize and learn more about the field.


Common Questions about Pacific PDS

Who Can Join The Pre-Dental Society?

All Pacific undergrads are welcome to join the Pacific Pre-Dental Society, regardless of major.

What Are The Benefits of Joining?

Pacific PDS offers up-to-date information on all topics relevant to pre-dental students, including insider tips that you won't get from official sources! Some of the PDS resources are only accessible by our own members, so you'll gain a huge advantage over the rest of your peers by joining the society. You will receive an insider's view for various dental specialties, meet like minded students, be presented with special members only discounts, and meet the dental admissions committees for a number of top schools across California (including of course Pacific)!

Pacific PDS Advisor




Name: Dr. Gridi-Papp

Title: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of the Pacific


PhD, Integrative Biology, University of Texas, Austin, 2003


MS, Ecology, State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1997


BS, Biological Sciences, State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1994

Meet the 2020-21

Executive Board




Name: Jessica Woo

Major: Pre-Dentistry


Vice President


Name: Shana Tadha

Major: Pre-Dentistry




Name: Kaitlyn Tonnu

Major: Pre-Dentistry




Name: Divya Rallabandi

Major: Pre-Dentistry


Public Relations


Name: Natalie Naseib

Major: Pre-Dentistry


Web Master


Name: Zaizhen Xu

Major: Pre-Dentistry

2020-21 Committee Chairs

Social Chair


Name: Ashley Wang

Major: Pre-Dentistry

Fundraising Chair


Name: Justin Choi

Major: Pre-Dentistry 

PDS Committees

Social Events Committee
Overseen by the Ashley Wang

Fundraising Committee
Overseen by the Justin Choi

Website Committee
Overseen by the Zaizhen Xu

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