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DC Bulletin Board Spotlight: Class of 2018

IMG_8018The D18s are brightening up the Dental Central Bulletin Board for the month of May! Check out their board on the 7th floor outside of Merritt Auditorium to see what they have been up to and share your ideas with them.

Interested in promoting your student organization on the DC bulletin board? Contact Nancy Marks for availability!

Call for Volunteers: Dentistry From the Heart

unnamedCharles River Dental, a private dental office located near Charles/MGH, is hosting their 3rd Annual Dentistry From the Heart event on Friday, May 20th, 2016. They will provide free cleanings, extractions and restorative services for as many patients as possible from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. During their last event, free dental care was provided to over 70 adults in need.

Charles River Dental is seeking TUSDM student volunteers to help provide these services throughout the day. Volunteers may be assisting, helping with sterilization, triage, or anything else to help them run smoothly! We would like our volunteers to come in for the full day from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM or come in shifts (7:00 AM – 12:00 PM12:00 PM – 5:00 PM). We are looking for 10 volunteers. Volunteers may wear scrubs or business casual. The office is located within walking distance of the Red Line or Orange Line, and is about 15 minutes if commuting from TUSDM.

Continue reading Call for Volunteers: Dentistry From the Heart

D19 Community Service: Paulist Center Wednesday Night Supper Club

2ea281018ac8d94ece589b40952800ccD19 Community Service is at it again! On 03/02/16, seven D19 students attended the Wednesday Supper Club at the Paulist Center in Boston. This dinner is hosted by the Paulist Center every Wednesday night and serves close to 150 homeless people. In addition to dinner service tasks including set-up, food distribution, and drink distribution, the D19s also brought along the Oral Health Jeopardy game and oral hygiene prizes.

Dan Allen (D19) reflects on his experience and the renewed sense of gratitude it provided for the blessings in our lives: Continue reading D19 Community Service: Paulist Center Wednesday Night Supper Club

Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

Every Monday for one hour, volunteers read books to children and teach them proper brushing and flossing techniques. The program is designed to educate preschool-age children on the importance of developing proper oral hygiene habits. 

Gopi Surti (D18), Director of ASDA Smile, Share and Care, reflects on her experiences: Continue reading Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

Drop in Meditation Recap by Dr. Pastan

At yesterday’s drop in meditation, I addressed a favorite topic of mine, connection. Connection is a crucial part of our existence as human beings. We all find connection with different people and experiences in our own unique ways. Dr. Kasberg shared with me recently how walking through the public garden every morning on the way to Tufts sets his day and mentioned to me that right now the garden is spectacularly beautiful with tulips and new buds. Taking a pause for even just a moment in the day to notice the beauty around us is great way to connect with life. Meditation can be a walk through the public garden or taking a deep conscious inhale and a long slow exhale and both can be simple ways to refresh your mind and body. Meditation can be a formal activity for some, but for others it can be a walk in the public garden. Whatever the activity that calls attention, deliberate stillness and awareness is a way to connect with the moment at hand and to life within us and around us.


“When people go within and connect with themselves, they realize they are connected to the universe and they are connected to all living things.” -Armand Dimele




Join me next Thursday, May 5th at 12:30pm in the Becker Board Room for 15 minutes of connection to breath, yourself and to being.
Have a great weekend and maybe take a walk through our beautiful public garden! 🙂
-Dr. Pastan


Christina DiBona Pastan, DMD
Director of Mind-Body Wellness

Stephie Castera (D16) is awarded Prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service

For over 15 years, Tufts has honored exceptional students with the prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. These awards recognize undergraduate and graduate students across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership.

Among those honored this year was D16 Stephie Castera, who received the award at a special ceremony for recipients on April 21, 2016. The program included Tufts University President Tony Monaco, Dean Alan Solomont of Tisch College of Civic Life and TUSDM’s Dean Huw Thomas.

Stephie’s special guests included her mother Agnes who came from Haiti for the event and her boyfriend, D16 Brian Hedstrom. Presenting her with her award were Nancy Marks and Dr. Mark Nehring, Chair of Public Health and Community Service Dept.

Stephie’s impressive accomplishments include fundraising and creating local partnerships in order to open the first community library in Furcy, Haiti; organizing an annual holiday party (five years and still going strong!) in Furcy for 350 impoverished children, which included collecting and distributing toys, school supplies, shoes, dental kits and oral hygiene education.  Locally, Stephie has also been an active member and leader in AAPD, HDA, and SNDA and has volunteered at Sharewood, Project Bridge and DentalCentral!

Congrats to Stephie!!

Tufts Institute for Innovation: Seed Funding Program

Apply to secure funding for your community outreach initiative or collaborative research project through Tufts Institute for Innovation’s 

Student Seed Funding program!

Applications due June 10th, 2016.

Does your student group or team need funding?  TII funds student-driven campus programming, collaborative research, and/or community outreach that exemplify TII’s philosophy and over-arching mission.  In the past, TII funded Tufts Synthetic Biology, an under-grad Tufts student group focused on “benefitting human health and the environment through biological engineering.”

TII is especially interested in solution-focused projects that tackle a health issue from a variety of disciplinary angles – physical, psychological, cultural, economic, etc.  For example, applicants might be funded to organize a multidisciplinary symposium or to create a pilot mobile app focused on smoking-cessation.

Email: with questions.