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HPSP Troop Drive

Today starts the annual Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)‘s Troop Drive to collect items and donations to be sent to our troops overseas during the Holidays. Every noontime hour until next Tuesday 11/21,  a table will be set up in the 4th floor Sackler cafeteria for collection. Popular items include DVDs, CDs, holiday decorations, T-shirts, work out items, magazines, candy etc. If you donate cash, it’ll help with the postage or be used to purchase items. Just imagine yourself being overseas, far from home, serving your country. What would you like to receive? What would pleasantly surprise you?

In addition, if you have a relative or know someone serving overseas in the military; email Dr. Rankin before Thanksgiving to make sure  they receive something during the Holidays!

HDA: East Boston OHC reflection by Nicolette Angioli (D19)

On October 20, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) volunteered in East Boston to promote oral health care to children and members of the community.

Nicolette Angioli (D19) reflects: “So far HDA has had multiple events in East Boston with the Most Holy Redeemer Parish. They have been very successful events for both the children who attend and the TUSDM community. The children look forward to our visits and are very engaged in learning about oral health. The Tufts students really enjoy interacting with the children and being able to volunteer in a Hispanic community.”

   Volunteers: 
Sandy Perez D’19
Nicolette Angioli D’19
Roberto Aleman D’20
Christian Mendoza D’20
Janelle Diaz D’20
Mason Fortuno D’20
Haneen Shehadeh D’20
Melissa Ruiz D’20
Amanjot Sarao D’20
Christopher Lucido D’20
Al McQuarrie D’20
Katherine Ynsinare D’21
Gabbi Sangiovanni D’21
Orestes Riera D’21

SNDA Cradles to Crayons

On October 1stStudent National Dental Association (SNDA) volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, an organization to support childhood poverty.

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “Volunteering at the Cradle to Crayons Giving Factory was such a rewarding experience. Tufts Dental SNDA along with students from Boston University helped sort through children’s clothes and package them so that they can be distributed to children in need. This opportunity was a lot of fun and we were able to positively impact over 100 children with care packages!”

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.
DINNER WILL BE SERVED STARTING AT 6:45 
Don’t worry, food will be saved for you if you get out of clinic at 7:00!
Sign up here if you are hungry:

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!”