Payam Mirfendereski (Class of 2023) graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry in 2021. He was awarded the American Academy of Oral Medicine Certificate of Merit upon graduation for his achievement and promise in the field of oral medicine. Throughout dental school, Payam was actively engaged in community health outreach and initiatives aimed at improving patients’ oral health-related quality of life. Payam’s academic interests continue to lie at the intersection of service and clinical excellence. Payam plans to pursue a career in oral medicine as an academic clinician.