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AAWD Membership Info

For those of you interested, this is an email with all the info you need to become a member of American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD).  We accept ALL members! This is not strictly a group just for women.  If you are not interested in becoming a member please disregard this email. 

AAWD will be tabling in the 7th floor student lounge on Monday 10/16 and Wednesday 10/18. Last day to sign up for dues is 10/18 at 11:59pm. Read this quick review on what membership offers you!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Members AND non-members are still welcome to join our TUSDM Women in Leadership Dinners.

Membership info: Continue reading AAWD Membership Info

Health Literacy Month Weekly Contest

Want a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card? Enter the Health Literacy Month Weekly Contest on the bulletin board outside the 7th floor student lounge. Each week, we will post a word or phrase that is used in the practice of dentistry. Your challenge is to rewrite the phrase in plain language so that it is easy for a patient or non-dentist to understand. Write your answers on the front of an index card, put your name and email on the back, and then tack it to the bulletin board. One winner will be chosen by the Health Literacy Intensive at random every week in October!

Sign Up for Smile Squad Event!

1.Tufts Community Day
Smile Squad members are encouraged to sign up for the 15th annual Community Day at Tufts Medford/Somerville Campus on September 24! There will be live performances: song, dance, music, story time,  a “Honk” parade, juggling, face painting, a scavenger hunt, STEM, and even Quidditch for Kids! Smile Squad members will be providing oral hygiene instructions to children and families in the community! There will be FREE FOOD (BBQ lunch and refreshments) also at this event! The entire event is from 11am – 3pm. We will have TWO shifts – 10:30am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-3:15pm. Again, pick a shift or sign up for the whole day!
Sign up HERE!

2. Medford Health, Wealth, and Fitness Fair **New Event**!
On Thursday, September  28, 2017, from 5 PM – 7 PM, the Medford Public Schools will be hosting a Fall Harvest Health, Wellness & Fitness  Fair for the City of Medford. The fair will be held in the MHS Gym, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford.  Last year, the Fair was held just for city/school employees, but this year, it is open to the entire City of Medford!  We are hoping that Smile Squad members will be available to join!
Sign up HERE!

Please contact any of the Smile Squad E-Board members if you have any questions.

ASDA Harvey and Irma Hurricane Relief

Tufts has bonded together as a community to deliver items for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The first shipment was delivered to City Hall! A huge thank you to Jonathan Pierpoline (D21)‘s ongoing efforts liaising with Houston!

We have found out the following items are still needed for Houston:
– Men’s (women’s to a lesser extent) underwear (for first responders and those displaced)
– Women feminine items and toiletries (toothbrushes, mouthwash, bars of soap etc.)

We will also start collecting items for donation to those affected by Hurricane Irma. ASDA donation boxes are located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor patient waiting areas the 7th floor student lounge and the library!

Items that are needed:
Non perishable food items
Men’s underwear
Women’s feminine items
Toiletries (soap, shampoo etc)

Thank you so much. Jumbo spirit is strong!

Volunteer with AADMD – Special Care Dentistry!

Tufts American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) will be hosting our first meeting soon, but, in the meantime, your favorite community service events are back in action – Brockton ARC and Lee School! Please only sign up for ONE date for now since spots are limited. If you find out later that you cannot make your session, you must email us so that we can find a replacement. 

Brockton ARC (Friday mornings): Provide dental screenings and oral hygiene instruction on adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, accompanied by Maureen Favorito, RDH. 
Where: 1250 West Chestnut St, Brockton, MA – about 30-40 minute drive. AADMD can reimburse for gas money/Uber/Lyft. 
When: 9-11:45am-ish, so you can get back to school for afternoon appointments or classes.
Dates: September 8, November 10
Sign up HERE!
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Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement – Application For Funding now open!

Tisch Fund grad prof early deadline flyer


Have an idea for a project, program, or event connected to an important community problem or social issue?

The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement supports individual students, groups of students, or student organizations who seek to engage members of the Tufts community through a project or event that addresses community issues and strengthens civic life. Up to $1000  per student group or $500 per individual.

Visit for more information and application details.

Deadlines in October and November.

Questions? Contact Nancy Marks 

Dental Central D21 Trivia – Thank You D21s!

D20s, thank you for participating in Dental Central Trivia! We hope you had fun and learned a lot about TUSDM and Dental Central in the process.

Our final winner for the final week of D21 Trivia is… *drumroll, please*… Ambika Kumaran!

D21 Trivia may have come to an end, but don’t stop exploring and utilizing Dental Central! As you become involved in student organizations, encourage your group to post events and reflections to Dental Central and to share pictures to the Social Wall using #tusdm and #dentalcentral.

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program Class with Jason Berglund and Andrew Lum

Left: Jason Berglund, second from left
Right: Andrew Lum

Congratulations to Andrew Lum, one of two dental students in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2017-2018 Medical Research Scholars Program Class (MSRP)! Andrew has taken a year off to dedicate his time to his research interests and will return next year to resume his fourth year as a member of the Class of 2019. He will be back in November to share more about what he is studying, but, in the meantime, he has given us a sneak peek into his experience:

“In just a few short weeks, MRSP has proven to be an incredible opportunity working with and learning from the brightest, most passionate researchers in biomedical science. Following in the footsteps of numerous TUSDM fellows such Jason, who have had tremendous success in the program is quite an honor.” –Andrew Lum

Jason Berglund, who has returned to complete his fourth year this fall, spent his time at MRSP studying the origin of tumor-induced osteomalacia, a rare disease characterized by benign tumors that overproduce a hormone called fibroblast growth factor 23 and, ultimately, leads to bone pain, fractures, and muscle weakness. Read more about his experience HERE and be sure to give him a warm welcome back when you see him in the halls!

Final Week of Dental Central D21 Trivia

Every Monday, students from the D21 class had the opportunity to win a prize by answering one weekly trivia question related to Dental Central.

This is the final week to play DC D21 Trivia! All answers can be found on Dental Central, so start exploring for your chance to win!

Week 4 Winner: Congratulations to Kaitlyn O’Connell!

This week’s question: See bulletin board on the 7th floor by the mailboxes 🙂

Please submit your answer to

Upcoming Events: D21 Elections and Student Activities Fair

Several exciting events are right around the corner for the Class of 2021! If you are interested in getting more involved as a student at TUSDM, take a look at the flyer for more information on

  • Class officer info meeting – September 5 @ 12pm-1pm
  • Class committee representative info meeting – September 7 @ 12pm-1pm
  • Class elections – September 12 @ 12pm-1pm
  • Student Activities Fair – September 26 @ 11am-1pm