The D20 class is hosting a Spring Cleaning/Summer Move Clothing Drive for the St. Francis House! The donation box is in the 7th floor student lounge. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to donate any extra clothes they may have. The donated clothes will help clothe the local populations that the St. Francis House serves right here in our neighborhood.
Congratulations to MiJung for being selected to join the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program (LRP)!
She is now a member of an elite group of healthcare providers who are dedicated to providing the highest quality clinical services to our nation’s most vulnerable populations. One in five people in the United States lives in a primary care shortage area, which means they go without essential health services, or have to travel long distances to see their primary care practitioner. Too many Americans—particularly in underserved rural and urban areas—go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, routine dental work, and other care, simply because there is no one to provide care and treatment. At its heart, the NHSC is about bringing primary care to communities in need and you will help usto fulfill that mission. In order to fill this gap, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce created a program to send doctors and dentists to the least-resourced areas of the country. It is a competitive program and honor goes to those who serve. A big shout out to MiJung. We are proud she is bringing her skills to those in most need!
Fourth year medical and dental students who are committed in serving the underserved can apply to S2S program and those selected are awarded $120,000 scholarship towards loan repayment to work at a qualifying community health clinic for three years.
On June 8th, Tufts students volunteered for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program by hosting a toothbrush workshop and the St. Francis House.
Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “Many of the SF community members were extremely interested in learning how to properly brush their teeth and use the products that were supplied to them. The community already had a good understanding of how their oral health influences their daily lives, but were still shocked to learn even more about how their oral health can impact their overall health. We also discussed their diet’s influence on their oral health. Many of the community members realized how much sugar is actually in the soft drinks they consumed; which most were unaware of the concentration prior to the workshop. They became more conscious of what they eat and how it impacts both their oral health and overall health. “
On April 26th, AAPHD volunteered at the Irish Immigrant Center Oral Health Initiative. Meera Ram (D19) and Keira Ginsberg (D19) conducted a Oral Health Promotions seminar at the Irish Immigrant Center (IIC) in Boston, MA. The IIC provides ESL classes as well as other services to refugees and newly immigrated individuals to the Greater Boston area.
During one the the intermediate ESL classes, Meera and Keira gave a presentation regarding oral health care, where to access care, and how dentistry works in the United States. In addition, they answered questions that the students had ranging from “How to implants work?” to “Does a night guard really help?”. Overall, the ESL and Tufts students benefited greatly by gaining knowledge about oral health and the immigrant population, respectively.
On May 31st, a group of D21s (Tiara Felder, Shelby Jackson, Chardai Lyde, Anthony Nutter) volunteered at UP Academy Dorchester Health and Wellness Fair. UP Academy Charter School is a tuition-
Anthony Nutter (D21) reflects: “I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at a community service event before. Having been invited by teachers at the school, we made the trip over to Dorchester for this wellness fair and it was amazing to see how enthusiastic the children were to learn about oral health. In addition to our dental jeopardy presentation, there was Zumba dancing, athletic fitness events, diet and nutrition presentations, and much more. Children were continuously coming up to our table and interacting with us, and their excitement for learning about oral health made for an incredible experience all around. This sort of health and wellness event is a fantastic way to generate enthusiasm for maintaining good oral health habits among school children and I would love to get involved with this sort of outreach again! “
Like the idea of traveling to another country to conduct research? Read on to learn more about the Research Travel Program!
Tufts pre-doctoral students have the opportunity to visit the domestic and international headquarters of leading dental manufactures to conduct research with industry scientists. This opportunity allows students to gain insight into the multifaceted and interdisciplinary world of dental product manufacturing. The program fosters understanding and shared information which benefits the participants, their patients, Tufts community, and the profession at large.
Students who are interested and have dental materials research experience should apply to the Research Travel Program, find information and the application here!
Please read through the qualifications before applying and note the application deadline of Friday June 8, 2018.
Any additional questions please contact Katie.Dunn@tufts.edu.
Congratulations to the D18s who were commissioned into the military on May 20th with a higher officer rank who will be starting their careers at their respective bases!
Photo 1: The D18 Navy Commissioning on the USS Constitution on the morning of graduation; Jae Oh (Navy), Samuel Hanger (D18-Navy), Dr. Charles Rankin, Hannah Cook (D18-Navy), Kevin Campbell (Navy), Isaac Hong (Navy).
Photo 2: Austin Cheng (D18) and his parents at the Army Commissioning at Fenway on Friday.
Check out the television news coverage of D20s Brent Mullen and Keith Nguyen’s efforts surrounding the Boston Marathon Ruck!
Click on the link below to watch:
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!”