AAWD member spotlight

AAWD spotlight (<– CLICK LINK)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) excitedly shares with you their interview spotlighting their three first year dental representatives! The 3 beautiful, intelligent, and empowering ladies share some of their stories and a bit about who they are!

Spurthi Arashinagundi (D21)
Kaitlyn O’Connell (D21)
Marina Kanakos (D21)

Also check out their DC Bulletin Board by the 7th floor student lounge!

NOW OPEN: NHSC Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is NOW accepting applications to their loan repayment program! Primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health clinicians can receive up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at NHSC-approved sites in high-need, underserved areas.

Click here to learn more!

Applications are due Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Bates Day 2018 Winners

On March 7th, TUSDM held their annual Bates-Andrews Research Day in celebration of George A. Bates and alumnus who taught both Tufts medical and dental students. Bates Day includes posters with students demonstrating their research projects and other commercial exhibitor displays. Check out the winners below!

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DC Bulletin Board: AAWD & ASDA

Happy March!!
Come by the 7th floor and check out American Association of Women Dentist (AAWD)‘s bulletin board by the student lounge in celebration of Women’s History Month! Check out fun photos and their upcoming events!

And don’t miss out on American Student Dental Association (ASDA)‘s bulletin board by the mailboxes!! They’ve posted fun photos from their previous events! Click their DC student page to find out about their goals, what they do, and your Tufts Representatives.

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!!

SNDA Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month 2018, the Tufts Chapter of Student National Dental Association (SNDA) spent the month of February celebrating over a variety of professional development, community service, and social events. SNDA’s guiding theme as an organization this year is “Stronger, Together.” This motto was chosen to reflect the growing number of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds within the TUSDM student body and the collective strength, skills, and leadership we are striving to contribute within the greater Tufts community.

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D19 and D20 CSLE Lunch and Learn!

D19s and D20s: Save the date and join Donna C. Jones, DMD, MPH, and MassHealth Dental Director for the first ever CSLE lunch and learn on May 1st!

Dr. Jones will discuss how to optimize dental delivery for patients with access and social determinant barriers.  She will address community health care models you will encounter during your Externship Rotation and present ways to optimize interprofessional collaborations with community health centers.

Recap: Annual Student Leadership Workshop–A Great Success!

On February 21st, Nancy Marks, Dept. of Public Health and Karen Alexander, Student Affairs, hosted the Annual Student Leadership Dinner and Training. With almost 50 leaders attending, evaluations deemed it “a great success”!

The workshop consisted of a series of group activities and discussions led by guest trainer from Tisch College, Mindy Nierenberg.  Mindy immediately made people feel comfortable and set a pace that allowed participants to relax after their long days in clinic and class.

The first exercise involved a self-assessment on communication preferences and styles. Students were able to gain insight on the way they approach situations and conflict in small group discussions, which were then brought together to the entire workshop.

“This was a nice opportunity to take a step back and realize how many aspects of leadership exist and the many different definitions of what a leader is. I throughly enjoyed myself and look forward to applying the discussed concepts to my day-to-day opportunities showcasing leadership,” Joseph Dudlek (D21) reflects.

After group discussions regarding several leadership topics, strategies, and difficulties, the students were able to work together in an active, team-building exercise. Students were randomly assigned into groups of 4-5 and asked to build a tower with limited supplies: tape, paper, a few cups and a paper plate. If that wasn’t hard enough there was another catch: They were only able to discuss a plan at the beginning and during the actual building of the tower no talking was allowed.  What broke the silence? Laughter– as groups endeavored to work together and build a five foot tower that would stand up to Nanc’s ‘huffing and puffing’ on it.

Vendita Correia (D20) states: “There is something special about people working together who span various racial, socioeconomic, and other socially constructed groups. In other circumstances these people would may not be grouped together and that is what was so awesome about this activity.”

Overall, the Student Leadership Dinner and Training demonstrated to many of our student leaders ways that they can improve their roles within their perspective organizations and through TUSDM as a whole. We look forward to next year’s workshop! (Pranali Vyas, reporting for Dental Central)

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