On March 26, 2016, members of Smile Squad participated in the Healthy Kids Festival at Boston Children’s Museum. Smile Squad’s table displayed a fun informational poster, and members gave oral hygiene instructions to the children and families with the Smile Squads “puppets” and various other activities, including a flossing activity. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were passed out to every child attendee. Check out the gallery above to see Smile Squad’s great work and fun with the kids!
If you are interested in participating in Smile Squad activities, please e-mail Smile Squad President Olga Raptis to be added on the listserv.
Thanks to Christine Robertson, office manger in the Department of Public Health and Community Service, for adding pearl “teeth” to puppets. These puppets can be used for students for oral health education in the field. Thanks Christine!
The Department of Public Health is looking for a few old loupes as a donation for oral health education programs. Kids love to put them on and look in each others mouths! This is a great way to get children more invested in their oral health and also get them interested in careers in dentistry.
If you have an old pair of loupes to donate, please contact Nancy Marks. Thank you!
On March 10, 2016, members of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) visited college students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Wellness Fair. Tufts AAPHD had a booth on oral health, gave out goodies like toothbrushes and toothpaste, had interactive games like Jeopardy, and gave out information on careers in the dental profession.
Nancy Marks, Nari Park, Aekta Patel, Jackie Liu, Poorna Phaltankar, Hana Gilman, Abby Manzella, Karen Alexander – Women in Leadership Committee
Picking up name tags
A visit from Dean Karimbux
Filling up the room
An introductory message from Dean Thomas
Yamila Garber, Stephie Castera, Mandy Alamwala, and Joke Alesh – Community Panel
Dr. Saksena – clinic panel moderator
Meera Sahni, Johanna Hauer, Lauren Marzouca, and Jessie Reisig – Clinic Panel
A full house!
Lovely ladies of the class of D19
Over 70 female TUSDM students attended the ‘sold out’ student-run Women in Leadership Forum, held on February 25, 2016 – an evening dedicated to promoting and enhancing the development of women in leadership as students and community members at TUSDM.
The good news is that the number of women in dentistry has been rapidly expanding, and the Class of 2019 at TUSDM boasts the highest percentage of women in its history at 58%! However, despite the increase in female presence in dental school, their numbers are not reflected in on-campus leadership positions. The last female class president at TUSDM graduated with the Class of 2012. Poorna Phaltankar, D17 Vice President, recognized the need to address this gap and organized the Women in Leadership committee (Hana Gilman D16, Poorna Phaltankar D17, Aekta Patel D18, Jacqueline Liu D19, Nari Park D19, Abigail Manzella D19). They were joined by event advisors Nancy Marks and Karen Alexander. With the support of Dean Thomas, Associate Dean Kasberg, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Tisch-TUSDM Community Service Learning Program, thus was born TUSDM’s first Women in Leadership Forum. Continue reading Women Fly at the First Women in Leadership Forum!→