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RSVP: AAWD Women in Leadership Dinner Panel!

Join AAWD for a FREE DINNER and panel discussion with D18s, Alisha Anand, Alex Peacock, Lauren Trager, Mikey Vega, and Dean Hanlon!

If you are a D19 with a year of clinical experience under your belt, come find out how you can make the MOST of your final year! If you are a D20 just about to enter clinic, this is an event you DO NOT want to miss! Learn how to balance your didactic work with clinic life and MORE. And D21s, it is NEVER too early to start thinking about how to be an effective networker and how to get the most out of your clinical assisting experiences. Please JOIN!

Mark your calendars for Thursday 4/19 at 7pm in Alumni Lounge and RSVP here.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Nancy Epstein at!

D21’s Volunteer at Brimfield Elementary

On March 9th, a group of D21s participated in a Brimfield Elementary Dental Outreach program and volunteered to explain the importance of oral health.

Amanda Ryan (D21) refects: “Jonathan Weber (D21), Arjun Gupta (D21), Sho Taniguchi (D21), and I traveled to Brimfield MA. We visited multiple kindergarten classrooms to teach them more about dental health and hygiene. We used engaging activities and worked with the children to help them stay attentive. We all learned how better to talk to children and used our simple language techniques to convey the information at an age appropriate level. The dress up tooth and flossing activity was a favorite activity among the kids. We found that they needed us to demonstrate it before hand to show them how to do it. Once they understood they all wanted to take part. Having a piece of fabric as “food” or “bacteria” that they had to remove was very helpful in getting them to understand how they needed to floss both sides of the teeth interproximal and not just down the middle and up. Adding a velcro pom-pom for them to remove is a great addition to the activity. We also had the children draw pictures of food that they should eat/drink more and less of. The children really got into this activity and had fun drawing and thinking of different ideas. We also used the dinosaur to show the children the right ways to brush their teeth ad had them practice with him to show us. At the end of each class we handed out tooth brushes and stickers which they loved. I talked to the school nurse following our time with the children and she was very happy and welcoming to having us in the school. She said the previous class has come to her and said it went really well and they were glad we came. I loved working with the children as this is something I enjoyed doing in undergrad. I am currently in the process of arranging another time for me to visit the school again, this time with pre-k and or 2nd grade depending on the availability of the 2nd grade class.”

HANCO’s 2nd Annual Specialist Panel

Join the Head and Neck Cancer Organization (HANCO) as they host their second annual Specialists Panel on Thursday, April 19th from 4:30-6:30pm in the Alumni Lounge (15th floor)! Various medical and dental professionals will come together to talk about their experiences and provide their expertise in regards to the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer. This panel will integrate specialties such as Oral Pathology, Medicine, Oral Surgery, and more!
This will be an amazing learning opportunity and it’s not an event to be missed! If you are interested in attending this event, please sign up here:

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Give Kids a Smile at TUSDM: Volunteers Needed!

On Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th, TUSDM will be hosting our Second Annual Give Kids a Smile Event. WE NEED YOU!!!!!!!

We are looking for staff and faculty to fill volunteer positions  from 9 am to 1 pm both days. You can do one day, or both days.  In addition to a great T-shirt commemorating your contributions, you will have the joy that comes with giving back to children in the community whose families don’t have the resources to pay for dentistry.  We hope you can join us!

Here is the link to an online sign-up sheet.    

AADMD receives the Tarrson Award!

The American Dental Association (ADA) has awarded the Tarrson award to Tuft’s student chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)!

The ADA Foundation’s, E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, is given annually to highlight significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. This honor comes with a monetary award of $5400.  The AADMD club was started by Holly Fadie (D18) and staffs a clinic at the Lee School in Dorchester for children living with special needs. Congrats AADMD!

Black Maternal Health Symposium

Did you know black women in the US are 243% more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women? Learn why that is, and how to change it, at a Black Maternal Health Symposium on Friday, April 13, 4:00-7:00PM in Sackler 108 (145 Harrison Avenue, Boston).

You will hear from experts about their work to end the racial disparity in adverse maternal health outcomes, and you will learn how to intervene in shifting the scientific and public policy conversation around this issue. A reception will follow!

Please RSVP here.

March for Our Lives Rally in Boston Commons

On Boston Common, and around the US, thousands make their voices heard:

(Copy and links from Boston Globe; photos by Nancy Marks)

Students galvanized by last month’s deadly school shooting in Florida led tens of thousands of demonstrators Saturday in a march and rally in Boston to push for stronger gun control and draw attention to the stark toll that gun violence takes on communities of color.

Police estimated 50,000 people participated in the march through city streets for Boston’s version of the worldwide rallies called March for Our Lives, a mayoral spokeswoman said. Protest organizers said more than 100,000 took part.

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Boston Marathon Ruck March- Volunteers Needed!

On April 14, a team of 50 faculty, staff, and students will be participating in Tough Ruck, the Boston Marathon Ruck March. Organized by Brent Mullen (D20) and Keith Nguyen (D20) the event is a 26.2 mile course where each participant will be carrying a 15 or 35 lb rucksack. The team will be carrying over 750 lbs of canned food goods and bags of rice, which will be donated to the New England Center and Home for Veterans at that end of the of the march!  They have also raised over $10,000 for local military families in times of need.

Their team needs a few more volunteers to support us in our mission!  They’re looking for people to either come in the morning to help with parking or in the evening (5-7 PM) to help with taking apart the finish line. The whole team will greatly appreciate it!

Student Organization Leadership Succession Proposal

The following proposal (see below) was created by an ad hoc student advisory group, Nancy Marks and Karen Alexander early this year. It was then presented to almost 30 student leaders last month to get feedback. The revised version (below) and was sent last week to  Student Organization Leaders and Faculty Advisors with the hopes that the proposed changes would be instituted by groups.

Feel free to contact Nancy or Karen with any questions or feedback!

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