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HPSP Volunteers with The Mission Continues

HPSP members Keith Nguyen, Patrick McLaughlin, and Brent Mullen volunteered with The Mission Continues in Lowell, MA at the Hampshire Street Garden. Keith’s wife Sarah and little one Eisley also joined them. They had an extremely fun and rewarding day as they helped build a new shed, assembled and filled garden beds, spread wood chips, and planted perennials. After working, they attended the community BBQ with local residents.

HPSP members will be volunteering with The Mission Continues for future projects. Anyone interested in volunteering with us can e-mail Brent Mullen ( for more information!

TUSDM’s Annual Multicultural Night!

On Thursday, April 26th, TUSDM’s cultural student organizations came together to put on Multicultural Night! The night consisted of organization’s giving students a taste of the unique backgrounds and cultures that make up the Tufts Community. From the foods of each culture to the fashion show to the exciting performances put on by our students, the entire night was a huge success!

D18 Named One of “20 Outstanding Women” by India New England News

Each year, the INDIA New England News selection committee selects 20 women to be honored at their annual woman of the year gala. Sangita Murali (D18) was selected for the top 20 this year. Sangita is president of Tufts AAWD and has been committed to addressing dental inequities throughout her four years at TUSDM. She is passionate around creating supportive environments to empower people from diverse backgrounds, including the South Asian, geriatric, and homeless women’s communities. Additionally,  one of her favorite ways to engage adolescents involved teaming up with Science Club for Girls to promote their self-confidence and literacy building in STEM.  After graduation, Sangita will be a resident at the Georgia School of Orthodontics.

Congrats Sangita!!


AAWD 3rd Annual Women Leadership Panel

Tufts celebrates trailblazer women at its 3rd annual women in leadership dinner panel
On April 19th, seventy-five students, faculty and staff came together for a very special dinner panel celebrating a shift in paradigm of women in dentistry and leadership in the field. Panelists including Dean Mary-Jane Hanlon, Lauren Trager (D18), Mikey Vega (D18), Alisha Anand (D18) and Alex Peacock (D18) shared powerful stories with the group with their messages ranging from the responsibility women leaders have to help others to the role we have in carrying ourselves as strong, powerful women…who are also doctors!
Big thanks to all the panelists, Dean Thomas, Nancy Marks, Karen Alexander, Jackie Liu (D19), and Nancy Epstein (D19) for making this a truly memorable and uplifting event!
Reflection by: Sangita Murali (D18), Outgoing Tufts AAWD President
Photo 1: Left to right is Alex Peacock, Alisha Anand, Dean Hanlon, Lauren Trager, Mikey Vega
Photo 2: Attendees including faculty, staff and students from all four dental school classes
Photo 3: Moderators for the evening Jackie Liu, Nancy Epstein, and Sangita Murali

Donate Blood at the Tufts Blood Drive!

WHEN: Friday, May 11th, 10 AM – 3 PM

WHERE: Sackler 114


Two-year-old Trenton “Trent” Simmons recently sustained life-threatening injuries after being bitten several times by a dog. He had several large lacerations to his trunk, a broken rib and a punctured kidney, which led to internal bleeding. He was transported by helicopter to a pediatric trauma center where he underwent a two-hour surgery to repair his kidney and suture the lacerations. To treat his blood loss, Trent received blood from an American Red Cross donor. His mom, Megan, recalled, “I had given blood several times in the past and never really gave it a second thought other than I knew I would be helping someone else. However, when it is your precious child laying there receiving blood to save his life, it puts it in a different perspective.”

Sign up today to make sure there is blood on the shelves for patients like Trent. Clickhere or visit and enter sponsor code TuftsUBos. All donors will be entered to win a $1,000 Home Depot gift card care of Suburban Propane!

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HDA Volunteers At Assisted Living Center!

HDA members Stephanie Alvarez, Sandy Lopez, Gloria Enjuweh, Jonathan Josephs, and Chris Lucido, along with faculty member Dr. Mahnaz Raissi volunteered at Chestnut Park Assisted Living at Cleveland Circle in Brighton on March 10, 2018. The audience consisted of about 15 senior citizens that were all very eager to learn about keeping a clean and healthy smile!

Stephanie Alvarez (D20) reflects: This was my first-time volunteering at an assisted living facility. I prepared a brief presentation on oral hygiene and dentures, with the help of my classmate Sandy Lopez. I did not know what to expect from our audience, but I was very excited to learn what the needs of this community were, and how we could assist them. The residents of Chestnut Park were extremely engaged in the presentation and games and had a lot of questions for us! As I reflect on the experience, I realize how this opportunity was beneficial prior to entering clinic, as my patients will too, have many questions regarding their oral health. I was required to think on my feet and recall many things I have learned in dental school to date. It was great to see us working as a group to answer some of the audience’s questions. Having Dr. Raissi there to assist in answering some of the more difficult ones was a great help!

Sandy Lopez (D20) reflects: “I hope that we can continue volunteering with this population because it will better prepare us when we enter clinic. For our next visit I hope we can provide the residents with more visuals on how to care for their teeth and their dentures.”

AAPHD Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer with AAPHD on April 26th between 9 AM and noon by presenting basic oral health information to the newly immigrant and refugee population in the Greater Boston area at the Irish Immigrant Center! Please email or if you are interested!

HDA’s Spanish Terminology Course Begins!


This past week, the HDA started it’s Spanish Terminology Course. Over 50 students came out on Friday 4/20 to learn basic Spanish phrases and terminology to communicate with patients. The lesson was presented by Sandy Perez (D19), Sandy Lopez (D20), and was facilitated through Dr. Martha Forero through interactive break out sessions. Next Friday we will transition from introductions and medical history to review of anatomy and more dental terminology!

St. Francis House Volunteers

On April 20, a group of TUSDM students volunteered at the St. Francis House and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program to pass out free dental supplies and discuss the importance of oral health care. The St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in Massachusetts and work to serve the homeless.

Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “We were able to apply the communication skills we learned in IDP and OHP during this event. Many homeless individuals were able to acquire oral hygiene products they wouldn’t normally have access to. Omar Garcia and Noopoor Akruwala other D21s helped with providing the products to the community.”