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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 :

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.


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.