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Recap: SNDA Impressions Day 2017

The Tufts Chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) would like to thank all of the TUSDM student volunteers, faculty, and staff members who contributed their time and efforts this weekend to make Impressions Day 2017 a huge success!

Over 75 pre-dental high school and college students attended Impressions Day this past weekend. It was more than apparent that the students were incredibly impressed with Tufts Dental and left excited for future careers in dentistry! Continue reading Recap: SNDA Impressions Day 2017

7th SPEA Annual Session

On October 19th to the 21st, the Student Professional and Ethics Association (SPEA) members Ian Dickinson (D19), Lauren Hagspiel (D19), Stefane Bourguignon (D20), and Jesse Huston (D19) had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta to attend the 7th SPEA Annual Session.

Ian Dickson (D19) reflects: “Members from all over the country and Canada gathered for a weekend packed with events and presentations from several incredible speakers (including Chris Salierno from The Curious Dentist Blog and ASDA White Paper author Michael C. Meru) on inter-professional teamwork, the changing demographics in dentistry, and dealing with ethical situations in corporate dentistry, to name a few. The session was a truly enriching and inspiring event and we look forward to sharing our newfound skills and experiences with all members of the Tufts community.”

SPEA Global Oral Health Talks

The Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) is gathering next MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6th at 7:00 pm in the Dental CE Room 1415 for Global Oral Health Talks (GlOH)Come listen as our International Student friends recount the ethical situations they faced practicing as dentists in their home countries.
Don’t worry, food will be saved for you if you get out of clinic at 7:00!
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AAWD Faculty Student Potluck

On October 24, American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) came together to enjoy their annual faculty student potluck which helped to foster relationships amongst student and faculty members of TUSDM.

Manpreet Kaur reflects: “The event allowed old and new members of the club to come together and engage in conversation while enjoying delicious food. This event wouldn’t have been a success without our wonderful faculty and we like to thank Dr. Forerro, Dr. Bordin, Dr. Wright, Dr. Alt-Holland, Dr. Shenoy, Dr. Saavedra, and Nancy Marks for coming out to support AAWD.”

If you are a faculty member at TUSDM and are interested in joining the AAWD faculty mentorship program please fill out this quick survey!

AAWD would like to give a special thanks to Nancy Epstein (D18) and everyone else that helped organize the potluck. Great Job team!
Please be on the look out for some new exciting events coming your way soon! Don’t forget to follow AAWD on Facebook and Instagram.

HDA: Hispanic Heritage Dinner

On Thursday, October 19th, a large group of students (about 80) came out to the 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Dinner to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from Sept 15- Oct 15. The dinner started with food served from various hispanic backgrounds, and ended with dancing to salsa, bachata, merengue, and other popular hits.
HDA would like to give a huge thank you to everyone for attending the dinner and sharing a piece of the Hispanic culture!

ASDA Hale House Volunteering

On October 14th, ASDA students came together to volunteer at Hale House in Boston. Hale House is an assisted living facility and the students were able to promote oral health care to the residents.

Micheline Moini (D18) reflects: “This event was a great experience. It was the first event of the 2017 academic year. It all started with the idea of there being a need in assisted living homes for the promotion of oral health care due to one student having her grandfather living in assisted living. That one student, went out in search for an assisted living facility close enough to Tufts Dental that was within walking distance to motivate students to participate in community service to this population. The Hale House had been a work in progress since this past February. At our first event ever, we had brought a students therapy dog to the home. Many of the residents were happy and excited to see a friendly, little, four legged furry friend! This event was a little different in that we wanted to promote oral health care. We went over some basic dental questions with a beach ball that had questions on it as we rolled the ball around. Residents were welcome to ask questions and we did our best to answer and keep the conversation flowing! Next we handed our toothbrushes and toothpaste to the residents who came and went over OHI. The students also went over brochures to educate patients about flossing and how to become a patient at the dental school if they needed a provider. One of our d19’s was able to get a patient and exchanged business cards! It is a great way to get patients and experience something outside of school. We hope to have our next event in November and will send out another email for volunteer opportunities!”

HDA Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

This past Friday, October 13th, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) members Sandy Lopez, Lizbette Alcantara, and Stephanie Alvarez had the opportunity to participate with the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures van in Quincy, Massachusetts to raise awareness about the importance of children’s dental health.

Stephanie Alvarez (D20) reflects: “The van was equipped to screen two children at a time and designed to be kid friendly with fun art work painted on the van and oral health cartoons playing in the background. The children were eager to see what was inside the bus and really enjoyed showing us how they brushed and flossed their teeth on the puppets. Oral health instructions were provided to children ages 3-12 and they all received an electronic tooth brush and tooth paste for participating! It was a very rewarding experience and we are looking forward to bringing the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures van to local communities in the near future!”

AAPD Fall River Family Day Event

On October 1st, Alisha Anand (D18) and DeAndra Jones (D18) represented the Tufts American Association of Pediatric Dentistry in Fall River, MA. The students helped table at a health fair hosted by Fall River community churches by speaking to families about healthy beverage choices and playing a jeopardy game to promote oral health.

HDA East Boston Community Service


On October 14th, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) at Tufts volunteered for the East Boston Community by promoting oral health care to children.

Isabela Aguirre (D20) reflects: “It was great to come together as HDA members for this event since many of the student volunteers were fluent Spanish speakers and many of the kids in the community we helped in could not speak english. Not only were we were able to successfully teach oral health to kids, but we were able to form a connection with them with our cultural similarities.”