DC Bulletin Board: Sharewood Project & HDA

Happy May!!

Come by the 7th floor and check out Sharewood Project‘s bulletin board by the student lounge! The board is beautifully decorated with a robin hood theme (the organization’s name derives from Sherwood forest (; ). Swing by for photos and other additional information!

And don’t miss out on Tufts Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)‘s bulletin board by the mailboxes! They’ve got fun images from previous events along with info on who the eboard members are. Be sure to check out their DC group page for more info.

Sign-up for the 2017-2018 school year is open. Please see available dates HERE and sign up to show off your awesome student group to the TUSDM community! There are only a couple spots left!!

D21s Tiara Felder and Le Truoung Volunteer with Smart Smiles!

On May 17th, D21s Tiara Felder and Le Truong  volunteered at Tufts Smart Smiles, a program promoting oral health care for children at the Josiah Quincy School in Boston.

 Tiara Felder reflects: “I could never have anticipated the excitement and eagerness that the children of Josiah Quincy Elementary School had with their interests with oral health. Every little one ran up to the Tufts Smart Smiles booth ready to play the oral health trivia game.  It amazed me how many facts they already knew. It was even more impressive that they were willing to learn new things about their oral health.  It truly warmed my heart when the children came up multiple times to challenge themselves with the questions.  These moments made me realize how important it is to impact children early.  The things that they learn early will stick with them forever if they learn in fun and innovative ways! I definitely look forward to seeing their smiling faces again!”

Twenty-Six D18s Inducted in the Honor Civicus Society

On May 15, 26 D18s (TUSDM’s largest group ever!) were accepted into Tisch College’s Honor Civicus Society along side students from Tufts’ School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Public Health and Professional Degrees.  Launched by Tisch College in 2009, the Honos Civicus Society selects and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to civic engagement and leadership during their time at Tufts. Available to undergraduates and graduates at all Tufts schools, Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on a Tufts education’s foundational commitment to social impact and to join a network of engaged alumni who share and acted on that commitment.
Special shout out to:

Sama Abdul-Aziz

Jonathan Batlle

Elizabeth Betances

Steven Boucher

Kevin Campbell

Alec Eidelman 

Holly Fadie

Robert Geary

Lauren Gerkowicz

Sareena Gillani

Michael Golub

Krysten Herrero

Pei-Yun (Agatha) Kao 

Mary Keezel

Timothy J Kim

Kimberly Meyers

Sangita Mural

MiJung Myung

Leigh Ortiz

Aekta Patel

Tuvy Phan

Tracy Tchintchin

Mikenah Vega

Shayla Walker

Jared Wirth

Trista  Wyman

D19’s Anne-Marie Vu and Tabitha Lewis: Making Boston a better place through their Schweitzer Fellowships

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas. 

 Anne-Marie Vu’s Albert Schweitzer project (Miles of Smiles) involves working with children with autism spectrum disorder at the Joseph Lee School in Dorchester, MA. The Lee School has over 180 students with autism spectrum disorder, making up 32% of the student population. Her goal was to provide oral health education to the children by compiling a set of interactive games and activities for them. Because going to the dentist could be an unfamiliar and scary experience for kids, one of Anne Marie’s goals is to make the experience of going to the dentist fun through role playing. Her hopes are that this project will continue by TUDSM’s AADMD club volunteers.

Tabitha Lewis addressed oral health inequities and increased the self-efficiency of homeless children living in Roxbury shelters through her project Coloring Smiles.  Coloring Smiles seeks to increase self-efficacy and co-create an oral health education and disease prevention plan with homeless children through artistic, musical and collaborative sessions. Tabitha’s group of kids have begun creating a music album, book, story, song, dance and painting of not only the importance of their teeth but also how important and valuable they are.

Tabitha reflects on her experience to date: “ ‘All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you.’ I recently was introduced to this quote from Octavia Butler, renown author and speaker. Being an Albert Schweitzer Fellow means that I can continue to be a changing agent and be changed. I have seen and experienced the beauty that results from the “touching” of lives of vulnerable populations and being “touched” by the communities I serve. This irreplaceable and life-changing exchange of change has been integral to my personal and professional pursuits. Reflecting on my journey thus far, the joy I’ve experienced investing in individuals from disadvantaged communities has led me to conclude that these treasured experiences will mirror the manner in which I will practice quality primary care.”

AAPHD Volunteers at Boston Health Care for Homeless

On April 20th, AAPHD volunteered at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program–an organization aimed to provide and create opportunities for health care for the homeless in the greater Boston area.

Ceonna Parran (D19) reflects: “AAPHD had an amazing time volunteering at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Activity Night. We brought activities provided by the Public Health office and truly made a difference. The patients thoroughly enjoyed playing dental jeopard, wheel of fortune, and Jenga. The volunteers who attended the community service night were able to see the patients who participated dental IQ increase and our hearts smiled. “

AGD Volunteers at the School of MFA!

On March 9th,  members of The Academy of General Dentistry volunteered at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts in Boston, MA. They were able to discuss oral health care promotion and nutritional information related to dental health.

Dylan Batlle (D21) reflects: “We learned that the performing arts student were interested in having good oral hygiene habits. They were curious and receptive about how much sugar is in drinks and certain foods. This helped them be mindful of the effects it can have on their dentition. It was a unique opportunity to reach out to people close to our age and teach them. Volunteers present included: Jonathan Batlle, Luke Devaney, Colleen Oleynik, Lauren Lubowitz, Alyssa Kotin and Katie Murphy. “

Perio Study Club: 50 Years in Periodontology!

Dear D/IS19s and D/IS20s,
Tufts Periodontology Study Club and Harvard Perio Study Society are excited to invite you to a special evening with our very own Dr. Paul Levi on Monday, May 14th, at 7:15PM in the Glickman Library (12th floor).
Dr. Levi completed both his dental and periodontics training at TUSDM and practices in Burlington, VT. He has served as President of the American Association of Periodontology Foundation and currently serves on the faculties of Harvard University, Tufts University, and the Universidad Internacional de Cataluña in Barcelona, Spain. A leader in the field and an enthusiastic student supporter, Dr. Levi will share with us his palpable passion for and extensive experience in periodontology through his lecture “50 Years in Periodontics”.
Dinner will be provided for those who attend. Seats are limited, so RSVP here  by May 8 to reserve your spot!

HPSP Volunteers with The Mission Continues

HPSP members Keith Nguyen, Patrick McLaughlin, and Brent Mullen volunteered with The Mission Continues in Lowell, MA at the Hampshire Street Garden. Keith’s wife Sarah and little one Eisley also joined them. They had an extremely fun and rewarding day as they helped build a new shed, assembled and filled garden beds, spread wood chips, and planted perennials. After working, they attended the community BBQ with local residents.

HPSP members will be volunteering with The Mission Continues for future projects. Anyone interested in volunteering with us can e-mail Brent Mullen (Brent.Mullen@tufts.edu) for more information!

Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.