HDA volunteers at East Boston Community!

On January 12th, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) students (Daniela Rendon, David Garcia, Kristina Caravelli, Luke Devaney, Mercedes Wert, Orestes Riera, Sara Bustos, Vanessa Diaz, and co-faculty Dr. Forero) volunteered at the East Boston Community by promoting oral health care to children. 

Mercedes Wert (D21) reflects: “This past Saturday, a group of us had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at HDA’s East Boston event to help teach children about proper oral hygiene and the importance of visiting the dentist. It was a fun-filled morning full of activities that tested the children’s dental knowledge and let them demonstrate how they brushed the furry green dinosaur’s giant teeth! It was such a rewarding experience to see how engaged and excited about learning all things dental-related they became and to see them all leave with big smiles on their faces and new toothbrushes in their hands!” 

Academy of Sports Dentistry Meeting!

New to the TUSDM student orgs, the Academy of Sports Dentistry will be hosting their first general body meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 12 PM in Rachel’s Auditorium. Come learn more about the exciting workshops, social events, and sports dentistry related guests they have planned for the semester! Refreshments will be provided.

SNDA Gets involved with Kids Christmas

In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, SNDA volunteered with Kids Christmas in Norwich, CT.

Soteji Adeuti (D19) Reflects: “Saw first hand on how the importance of giving back to the community leaves a magnitude impression in families in need. Government certainly can’t do it all alone without the general public. We possess the power to make so much impact in our various communities regardless of our status. Seeing the children’s faces lit up when given their Christmas gifts and later learning how to properly brush their teeth was delightful to watch. Giving back is definitely a legacy l want to be remembered by. #givingback “

Interested in getting involved at Yankee Dental this year?

D22’s, this volunteer experience qualifies for your OHP hours!
SIGN UP & MORE INFO: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4cadac2aa5fc1-yankee

Join Tufts Dental LGBTQA in helping staff the HIV Dental Work Group Booth at the upcoming 2019 Yankee Dental Congress! You’ll be working alongside staff from the Boston Public Health Commission as well as fellow dental students from Harvard and BU to assist in collecting consumables donated each year for use in programs for persons with HIV in MA. Additionally, you will provide information packets and talk to people who stop by the booth about HIV and Dentistry. Each shift is 2-3 hours, and there are 2 volunteers from each school per shift.

RSVP Now for the 10th Annual ASDA District 1 Student Debate

The 10th Annual ASDA District 1 Student Debate will be held at Yankee Dental Congress in the Westin Waterfront Hotel Grand Ballroom on Saturday, February 2nd at 4:30pm. An awards ceremony will kick off the debate, presented by MDS President, Dr. Howard Zolot. 

The Debate will feature multiple rounds of friendly competition between all five District 1 schools (Tufts, BU, Harvard, UNE and UConn) plus a pre-dental ream. Teams will face off across multiple rounds, arguing pertinent policy and ethical issues fronting students and practitioners alike.

Immediately following the Debate will be a student reception featuring a DJ, food, drinks, games, and a photo booth – this is a great opportunity to meet other District 1 students and local dentists!

Please reserve your spot at the Student Debate here.

Building up to the debate, participate in the Yankee Student Scavenger Hunt starting in the North Lobby and continuing on the exhibit hall floor. Start at the Welcome Center on Saturday, February 2nd for your first clue and complete the challenges – winners will be announced at the student reception.

Opening Reception for Stigma Unstuck: A Mental Health Art Series at Tufts

Photo: Opening Reception featuring The Many Faces of Mental Health exhibit, January 24th.

You are invited to an Opening Reception for Stigma Unstuck: A Mental Health Art Series at Tufts on Thursday, January 24th at 5-7:30 p.m. in the 4th floor of the Collaborative Learning & Innovation Complex, CLIC Bldg. 574 Boston Ave, Medford.  Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend. To attend please click here to RSVP.

This event highlights the installation of The Many Faces of Mental Health, conceived of by artist Lynda Cutrell working in collaboration with partners from science and journalism, to address issues of stigma and mental illness. Large scale portraits, three-dimensional sculptures, video installations and paintings, as well as white boards for capturing viewers reactions, will be on view across all four floors of the CLIC building

Stigma Unstuck: A Mental Health Art Series at Tufts is a multi-event art and film series aimed at bringing greater awareness and understanding to mental health issues to facilitate shifts in attitudes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination in our community.


Donations Collection for Cradles To Crayons

As you prepare for another holiday season and end of the year you may have wondered how you can give back this season. Smile Squad members are collecting donations to bring to Cradles To Crayons in Brighton. Members will be volunteering at their local warehouse where all donations are organized and sorted to be distributed to children in need. 

Their mission in the community is to provide children from birth through age 12 with the everyday essentials they need to thrive — at home, at school, and at play.

Cradles to Crayons works directly with social services to obtain a list of the exact items a child needs. Often during the winter, it’s a jacket or simply hygiene supplies. Smile squad will be donating hygiene supplies including toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss but we ask that while you’re home to please try to gather items including used jackets, sweaters, and shoes. Please see the attached list of most needed items. A box has been placed in the 7th floor student lounge. We hope to fill the both boxes up and make these children smile this January.  

If you’re interested in volunteering at the warehouse please contact : tuftsmilesquad@gmail.com

Event date: January 12th
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30

Interesting Read: Dentists are getting busier

Below is an interesting read on the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute report about how more than a third of dentists experienced an increase in patient volume in 2017 compared to 2016.

Link: http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/dentists-are-getting-busier/oral-dental-healthcare

Jewish Federation Academic Scholarship Program

The deadline to apply for the Jewish Federation Academic Scholarship Program is February 1, 2019.  For questions on eligibility and the application process please contact JVSscholarship@JVSChicago.org or call them at 312.673.3444.

Office of Academic Affairs Welcomes Brian Edgar!

Please join us in welcoming Brian Edgar to the Office of Academic Affairs. Brian has been our temporary Program Coordinator since this past May and has now joined our team as a permanent member. He will continue in his duties as our Program Coordinator and will manage the student schedules, room scheduling for the predoctoral curriculum and meetings. He will also continue to handle student swap requests and schedule concerns.

Originally from Louisville, KY, Brian graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, with a double major in Physics and Philosophy. He moved to Boston in 1999 and has worked in various IT, customer service, and academic positions since that time. In his free time he performs in community theater.

Brian’s office is located in the Academic Affairs Suite on the 15th floor, DHS-1512F.  Please stop by and say hell-o

Best regards,
Gerard Cedrone

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