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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

Student Worker Position Available: School of Medicine, Continuing Education

Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Office of Continuing Education (OCE) develops
educational activities that enhance clinician knowledge and competence, improve clinician
performance, and promote lifelong learning for Tufts-affiliated physicians, nurses, and other health practitioners, as well as local, national, and international healthcare providers. The ultimate goal of this endeavor is to improve patient outcomes. TUSM OCE is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and The American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Student Workers provide administrative support primarily focused on monitoring of documentation required for our 150+ Regularly Scheduled Series (weekly or monthly meetings held at our affiliated hospitals). Monitoring includes review of documentation submitted via Box, generation of compliance feedback (Excel) based on the documentation review, and correspondence with hospital contacts regarding any missing/inaccurate documentation; as well as occasional data entry in Access. Hours are flexible between Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm; up to 15 hours per week. TUSM OCE is located in Posner Hall, 200 Harrison Ave., Boston Campus.

Basic Qualifications:
 Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and Access
 Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
 Strong attention to detail

Contact: Karin Pearson, Director

Tufts Students Collaborate with St. Francis House and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program

Evan Gallegos Reflects: “Chris Hines (D22) and Evan Gallegos (D21), provided preventative techniques to the St. Francis House community. There is a large and growing community at this shelter who attend our workshops to learn more about their oral health. Our presence is imperative to educating the large vulnerable St. Francis House population, so that they develop good oral hygiene and prevent oral disease.”

ADO Volunteers with Jumbo Kitchen!

Five Asian Dental Organization volunteers [Ping Zeng (D20), Monica Cheng (D20), Trish Dang (D20), Irene Lang (D21), Emerly Hsu (D21)] attended Jumbo’s Kitchen on November 30.

Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “Jumbo’s Kitchen is an interprofessional community service organization that welcomes volunteers from all of Tufts University Health Sciences programs. This week’s session focused on dairy, and the kids were able to try several different types of milk and yogurt. Although there were slightly more volunteers than children due to the many volunteers from other health sciences programs, it was enjoyable to casually talk to the kids about eating healthy at the end of their weeks. Next year, we hope to organize a session specifically for dental related nutrition.”

ADO Presents about Dental Insurance at Golden Age Center

From L to R: Alexis Yip (D21), Angie Yau (D19), Emerly Hsu (D21)
From L to R: Alexis Yip (D21), Angie Yau (D19), Irene Lang (D21)

On Friday, November 30, 4 volunteers from Asian Dental Organization [Angie Yau (D19), Irene Lang (D21), Emerly Hsu (D21), and Alexis Yip (D21)] visited the seniors at the Golden Age Center in Chinatown to give a presentation on how to understand and read dental insurance policies in the US.

Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “About 16 Chinatown seniors were present. The presentation featured English vocabulary focused on dental care and health insurance and was followed by an English language practice session on reading an insurance policy. This focus on incorporating English vocabulary followed their requests to learn some English, and was based on the knowledge that teaching some health-related English can help improve health literacy in ESL populations.

Despite the complexity of the material, the seniors were engaged in asking questions, participating enthusiastically with the practice questions, and reading over the vocabulary sheets we created especially for the presentation. They were especially excited to receive some fruit and Asian snacks as prizes for participation. Our volunteers received a round of applause and many “thank-yous” at the end of the presentation. It was especially helpful to have a 4th year fluent Cantonese speaker, Angie Yau, to give the presentation, as she had both the knowledge about dental insurance and the language ability to answer. Next year, I hope to continue being receptive to the requests of the organization and the seniors we are serving, as well as find ways to engage more TUSDM student volunteers in productive and mutually beneficial ways.”

Northeast Delta Dental Scholarship Opportunity for D20s!

Northeast Delta Dental has established an endowed scholarship at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. This is open to D20s!  The successful candidate for this scholarship is required to have a strong connection to those states served by Northeast Delta Dental, which are Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Additionally, the student must also have a strong academic record, have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office, prioritize their CSLE selections so they may complete their externship in either Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont and commit to practicing in those three states upon graduation.  Students who intend to enroll in a GPR or AEGD in those states can still be considered for the scholarship provided they plan to practice in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont upon completion of their program.

If, upon graduation, you intend to practice in either NH, ME or VT and currently have a strong connection to either of those states, please contact  Sandra Pearson for further information regarding this scholarship by no later than Friday, December 7, 2018.

Take a Moment to help Improve Hirsch!

The Hirsh Library is committed to helping you get the training you need to succeed! We invite all TUSDM faculty, staff, and students to please take a moment to tell us how we can better meet your learning needs. There are 5 questions, and we anticipate it taking less than 5 minutes to complete.

Learning Opportunities @ Hirsh Library Survey

All responses will only be used internally to improve our offerings. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please don’t hesitate to let us know at hhsl@tufts.edu.

Special Tisch College Bulletin – 2018 Midterms

Exclusive Analysis: Youth Turnout Rate Way Up in the 2018 Midterm Elections

An analysis of young people’s voter turnout by Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) found that 31% of youth cast a ballot in this month’s midterm elections—a substantial increase over the 21% turnout rate in 2014, and the highest in at least 25 years.

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Watch Out, 2020:
Young Voters are on the Rise

“This is a sea change in political engagement,” says our Dean Alan Solomont in this special feature from the Christian Science Monitor reported in part from the Tufts campus. The article cites our youth voting data, quotes our research and JumboVote leaders, and shares insights from Tufts student leaders.

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CIRCLE Research Explores Various Aspects of Youth Participation in 2018

Tisch College’s CIRCLE team continues to share insightful research on youth voting. Read about young people’s historic support for Democratic House candidates, about the role youth of color played in Texas and Georgia, and about how social media shaped youth electoral engagement in 2018.

Explore Tisch College’s CIRCLE’s 2018 Election Center


Post-Election Commentary from
CIRCLE Senior Researcher

In a Facebook Live chat two days after the election, Tisch College’s CIRCLE Senior Researcher Rey Junco joined Tufts Republicans President George Behrakis to share some of our exclusive research, to discuss the election results, and to talk about what it all means for the future of American politics.

Watch the conversation


More Tisch College Election
Research in the News

Throughout this month, our youth voting data, analysis, and commentary have been featured in outlets like MSNBCThe ConversationNBC NewsThe Boston HeraldTeen Vogue, and many others. It also appeared in an Associated Press story reprinted by hundreds of publications, including The Washington Post and The New York Times.

 


Save The Date:
November 27 is Giving Tuesday!

We’re proud of our ongoing work to study and promote the civic and political participation of young people—in elections and beyond. As Giving Tuesday approaches, we hope you’ll consider supporting this and all of our work as we strive to create a new generation of leaders ready to strengthen our democracy.

Bookmark our Giving Tuesday page!


 

Smile Squad Promotes Oral Health at UIANE Diwali Celebration!

Dr. Neela Gandhi, an MDS member along with Dr. Kadambari Rawal, faculty at Boston University Dental School and Tufts Dental School Smile Squad students Simran Kaur (D20), Thaís Antunes (D20), Suraj Bhopal (D20) participated in promotion of oral health at the United India Association of New England Diwali event on Sunday 11/11/18 at the Brown Middle School in Newton, MA. Diwali is considered the festival of lights and symbolizes victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. It’s a celebration of victory and marks the New Years in Hinduism. The students educated both children and adult on better brushing methods and gave out oral health brochures. Each participant left with an oral health kit comprising of toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, toothbrush timers generously donated by the Massachusetts Dental Society.

DAV 5K Participation was a Success!

On November 10th at Castle Island, students and faculty from TUSDM gathered to run the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 5K!
Brent Mullen (D20) reflects: “The DAV 5K turned out to be a success! We endured some rainy and windy weather but we stuck together as a team and motivated each other to finish with smiles on our faces! And most importantly, our team’s participation benefited the Disabled American Veterans who play an important role in making sure service members are able to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.”