<P>LOPEZ: When Ruben comes upon good fortune, he asks himself how it can be shared. Thats just how he thinks. He is spectacular – so bright and so committed. ESPINOZA: The first time I spoke to Michael was on the phone, when I was trying to choose what dental school to attend. During the conversation I kept thinking, Sure, I have people who are there for me. But this guy? He is actively reaching out and trying to connect with me. That was a first. LOPEZ: Building community is so important. The wonder of this person here is that he was instrumental to fulfilling a lot of the social contracts his class made together. The Hispanic Student Dental Association flourished with Ruben and his Hispanic compatriots in the class. ESPINOZA: We began with eight students, now we have 60. Its not exclusive to Hispanic people – we have opened the door to others. We do social and community outreach events, like free dental screenings for kids in struggling neighborhoods. I didnt come from a privileged background, so I can relate to the need. LOPEZ: I have learned that when you see how people treat others around them, you get an inclination about how they will be around people in our community and in our society. I am so proud of what he has already accomplished, and he hasnt even graduated. ESPINOZA: Whenever Dr. Lopez is here, he brings up the three Rs – thats his thing: respect, relationships, reflection. LOPEZ: I drill it into all our students: Have respect for yourself and the people around you – your classmates, faculty, the community. Create and value relationships. And take the time to reflect on your motivation. ESPINOZA: He always brings everything back to the importance of meaning and happiness in everyones lives and how that translates into being successful. That and the three Rs summarize Dr. Lopez for me. LOPEZ: Being associated with meaning and happiness? It doesnt get better than that! You dont wait for the opportunity to help each other. You create the opportunity and the culture of caring. Ruben is part of that. ESPINOZA: Dr. Lopez has always been there for us. In a few months, we will graduate and be dentists, and then we will be colleagues. LOPEZ: Ruben, from the first day I met you, we were colleagues. We have always been colleagues. Thats the magic of it all. Whether it takes the form of a leg up, a door opened, a steadying hand, or an a?rmation, mentorship is intrinsic to UC San Francisco. Such alliances are essential to guiding a protégé along the path to professional mastery. They may take root in a classroom, in an operat- ing room, at an alumni gathering, or in a lab. The mentors and mentees fea- tured on these pages have played an integral role in each others lives – and likely will for a long time to come. THEMENTORS MICHAEL LOPEZ, DDS 74; owner, Mountain View Family Dentistry, Mountain View, Calif.; member, UCSF Dental Alumni Association (DAA) Executive Council; chair, DAA Student Relations Committee; member, UCSF School of Dentistry Deans Advisory Board; member, Alumni Association of UCSF Board and Diversity Committee; trustee, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA); member, HDA National Faculty Advisor Committee RUBEN ESPINOZA, third-year student, UCSF School of Dentistry; recipient, Deans Scholarship for Opportunity; class representative and past co-president, UCSF Chapter, Hispanic Student Dental Association As told to Claire Conway 30UCSF MAGAZINE | Spring 2014</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a 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