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Smile Squad Volunteers at the Healthy Kids Festival

Smile Squad members attended the Healthy Kids Festival Saturday March 24th. This event is held every year at the Boston Children’s Museum. Check out some of their reflections below!

Thais Antunes (D20) reflects: “Our new D21 members were eager to interact with the children even though it was during finals week. It was a huge success and the children once again were excited to see what our table had to offer. All members gave oral hygiene instructions to the children and families using the puppets, toothbrushes, and instructional activities. All the children received a fun Smile Squad goody bag with oral hygiene supplies that will motivate them to keep brushing and flossing at home. Smile Squad members were impressed at how each child approached our table differently yet after some time most were happy to show us their brushing technique. This is a great way to lead off our “tell, show, do” approach. Once a child shows us how they brush, we tell them how well they are doing and how they can improve and then we assist them in practicing the correct technique.

Lauren Lubowitz (D21) reflects on her experience, “Volunteering at the children’s museum with Smile Squad was an awesome experience. We were able to teach children as young as a few months old to brush their teeth and take care of their mouths. One of my favorite parts was seeing a young girl who was too nervous to come up to us, changing her mind and have a really good time brushing the puppet’s mouth with our jumbo toothbrushes. I was swamped with exams and being able to interact with the children and their parents was an important reminder of why I wanted to be in dental school in the first place. Smile squad events allow me to interact with not only the children of the Chinatown community but also the greater Boston area”.

Volunteers: 
D20’s: Thais Antunes, Simran Kaur 
   D21’s: Yara Abdelnabi, Sumra Akhlaq, Chanice Thomas, Jason    Saraf, Rachel Young, Paula zaman, Christopher Yu, Lauren Lubowitz, Chung Park, Lema Salem 

Multicultural Night THIS Thursday!

TUSDM’s cultural student organizations invite you all to please save the date for this year’s Multicultural Night! Come celebrate and learn about all of the unique backgrounds, cultures, and religions that make up our Tufts Community. This event is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

The first serving of food will be at 6 pm in the 7th floor student lounge. There will be a second serving shortly after 7 pm for students, faculty, and staff in the clinic. The fashion show and presentations will begin in Merritt at 7:30 pm.

Hope to see you all there!

TUSDM takes the Tough Ruck by storm!

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Lead by D20s Brent Mullen and Keith Nguyen, fifty faculty, staff, alumni and students set out on the marathon length course “rucking” with 750lbs of food to be donated to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, the site of a potential new TUSDM program which would allow students to provide free oral health-care to veterans.

Read more about the event in Tufts Now: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/marathon-march-honor-those-who-served

For more photos from the entire day check out: https://www.facebook.com/ToughRuck/

Tufts Dental Alumni Award Recipients!

A huge congratulations to two of our very own TUSDM students for accepting Tufts Dental Alumni Awards!

Congratulations to Richard Y Hong, D20 on receiving the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association Award given to the second year student with the highest scholastic achievement in the Basic Sciences.

Congratulations to Kelly A. Barbera, D18 on receiving the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association Academic Excellence Award given to the fourth year student who achieves the highest academic average for the 2017-2018 school year.

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 Nancy.Epstein@tufts.edu!

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.              https://goo.gl/forms/2feVYhOcaK1b8iCH3

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.