On May 17th, D21s Tiara Felder and Le Truong volunteered at Tufts Smart Smiles, a program promoting oral health care for children at the Josiah Quincy School in Boston.
Tiara Felder reflects: “I could never have anticipated the excitement and eagerness that the children of Josiah Quincy Elementary School had with their interests with oral health. Every little one ran up to the Tufts Smart Smiles booth ready to play the oral health trivia game. It amazed me how many facts they already knew. It was even more impressive that they were willing to learn new things about their oral health. It truly warmed my heart when the children came up multiple times to challenge themselves with the questions. These moments made me realize how important it is to impact children early. The things that they learn early will stick with them forever if they learn in fun and innovative ways! I definitely look forward to seeing their smiling faces again!”
On Sunday, May 20th, the D18 class took the stage at Tufts University Medford Campus at their graduation ceremony. Good luck to the D18’s as they continue on into the dental profession. Congratulations to all the graduates!
On May 15, 26 D18s (TUSDM’s largest group ever!) were accepted into Tisch College’s Honor Civicus Society along side students from Tufts’ School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Public Health and Professional Degrees. Launched by Tisch College in 2009, the Honos Civicus Society selects and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to civic engagement and leadership during their time at Tufts. Available to undergraduates and graduates at all Tufts schools, Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on a Tufts education’s foundational commitment to social impact and to join a network of engaged alumni who share and acted on that commitment.
Special shout out to:
Pei-Yun (Agatha) Kao
Timothy J Kim
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas.
Anne-Marie Vu’s Albert Schweitzer project (Miles of Smiles) involves working with children with autism spectrum disorder at the Joseph Lee School in Dorchester, MA. The Lee School has over 180 students with autism spectrum disorder, making up 32% of the student population. Her goal was to provide oral health education to the children by compiling a set of interactive games and activities for them. Because going to the dentist could be an unfamiliar and scary experience for kids, one of Anne Marie’s goals is to make the experience of going to the dentist fun through role playing. Her hopes are that this project will continue by TUDSM’s AADMD club volunteers.
Tabitha Lewis addressed oral health inequities and increased the self-efficiency of homeless children living in Roxbury shelters through her project Coloring Smiles. Coloring Smiles seeks to increase self-efficacy and co-create an oral health education and disease prevention plan with homeless children through artistic, musical and collaborative sessions. Tabitha’s group of kids have begun creating a music album, book, story, song, dance and painting of not only the importance of their teeth but also how important and valuable they are.
Tabitha reflects on her experience to date: “ ‘All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you.’ I recently was introduced to this quote from Octavia Butler, renown author and speaker. Being an Albert Schweitzer Fellow means that I can continue to be a changing agent and be changed. I have seen and experienced the beauty that results from the “touching” of lives of vulnerable populations and being “touched” by the communities I serve. This irreplaceable and life-changing exchange of change has been integral to my personal and professional pursuits. Reflecting on my journey thus far, the joy I’ve experienced investing in individuals from disadvantaged communities has led me to conclude that these treasured experiences will mirror the manner in which I will practice quality primary care.”
On April 20th, AAPHD volunteered at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program–an organization aimed to provide and create opportunities for health care for the homeless in the greater Boston area.
Ceonna Parran (D19) reflects: “AAPHD had an amazing time volunteering at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Activity Night. We brought activities provided by the Public Health office and truly made a difference. The patients thoroughly enjoyed playing dental jeopard, wheel of fortune, and Jenga. The volunteers who attended the community service night were able to see the patients who participated dental IQ increase and our hearts smiled. “
On March 9th, members of The Academy of General Dentistry volunteered at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts in Boston, MA. They were able to discuss oral health care promotion and nutritional information related to dental health.
Dylan Batlle (D21) reflects: “We learned that the performing arts student were interested in having good oral hygiene habits. They were curious and receptive about how much sugar is in drinks and certain foods. This helped them be mindful of the effects it can have on their dentition. It was a unique opportunity to reach out to people close to our age and teach them. Volunteers present included: Jonathan Batlle, Luke Devaney, Colleen Oleynik, Lauren Lubowitz, Alyssa Kotin and Katie Murphy. “
Dear D/IS19s and D/IS20s,
Tufts Periodontology Study Club
and Harvard Perio Study Society are excited to invite you to a special evening with our very own Dr. Paul Levi
on Monday, May 14th, at 7:15PM
in the Glickman Library (12th floor).
Dr. Levi completed both his dental and periodontics training at TUSDM and practices in Burlington, VT. He has served as President of the American Association of Periodontology Foundation and currently serves on the faculties of Harvard University, Tufts University, and the Universidad Internacional de Cataluña in Barcelona, Spain. A leader in the field and an enthusiastic student supporter, Dr. Levi will share with us his palpable passion for and extensive experience in periodontology through his lecture “50 Years in Periodontics”.
Dinner will be provided for those who attend. Seats are limited, so RSVP here
by May 8
to reserve your spot!
HPSP members Keith Nguyen, Patrick McLaughlin, and Brent Mullen volunteered with The Mission Continues in Lowell, MA at the Hampshire Street Garden. Keith’s wife Sarah and little one Eisley also joined them. They had an extremely fun and rewarding day as they helped build a new shed, assembled and filled garden beds, spread wood chips, and planted perennials. After working, they attended the community BBQ with local residents.
HPSP members will be volunteering with The Mission Continues for future projects. Anyone interested in volunteering with us can e-mail Brent Mullen (Brent.Mullen@tufts.edu) for more information!
Kick it with TUSDM at the Kickball Tournament on May 19th at the Boston Commons! This event is open to all classes – sign up your kickball team today!
On Thursday, April 26th, TUSDM’s cultural student organizations came together to put on Multicultural Night! The night consisted of organization’s giving students a taste of the unique backgrounds and cultures that make up the Tufts Community. From the foods of each culture to the fashion show to the exciting performances put on by our students, the entire night was a huge success!