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Vermont Special Olympics

Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) hosted “Special Olympics Special Smiles” this weekend, special thanks to the following represents on behalf of Tufts American Student Dental Association ASDA & TUSDM at Burlington Vermont to provide screening service to special needs athletes:

    • Kevin Campbell ’18
    • Meghan Powers ’18
    • Shayla Walker ’18
    • Spencer Nice ’18
    • David Kirsch ’18
    • Tiffany Ngo ’18
    • Avigya Shrestha ’18 
    • Annie Le ’18 
    • Alyssa Tarpy ’18 

This is an annual event recurring every spring for third-year students, if you are interested in volunteering, join next year!

Event Recap: AAWD Teams Up with Ursuline Academy to Promote Oral Health at the Women’s Lunch Place

On May 23rd, members from the American Association of Women Dentists at Tufts teamed up with high school students from Ursuline Academy and Maureen Favorito of Smart Smiles to promote oral health at the Women’s Lunch Place.

Annabelle, Lobna & Brooke’s Ursuline Academy Project

When we asked high school seniors Annabelle Garrity, Lobna Yussef, and Brooke Mercuri about their capstone project they told us: “Our school encourages students to do 110 hours of community service before we graduate. My classmates and I decided to set up health days for the Women’s Lunch Place. We brought in audiologists, optometrists and dentists for the women to see. The volunteers we brought in did screenings and checked for future possible complications. We had a great time getting to know and work with a great group of women and are grateful for this opportunity.”

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Higginson School Health Fair reflection by Elaine Conroy, RDH

Latashia Harris (DA) and I had a table representing Tufts at the Higginson School Health Fair on Tuesday evening, May 23. Other health related organizations such as WIC and Dimock Community Health Center were present. We used the puppets for tooth brushing instruction, played the healthy foods game and gave out toothbrushes, toothpaste and TUSDM pamphlets. We always get amazed looks from the health fair visitors when they see the “Re-think Your Drink” poster, and the kids love to brush the puppets teeth with the giant toothbrush. We were prepared to see more participants this year, but far fewer attended than in the past. The fair is held in the schoolyard, so the cooler weather may have kept some home. Community Hygiene goes to the Higginson during the school year to provide preventive care, so we also try to promote that program to the parents, as all are not aware of this opportunity.

Elaine Conroy, RDH-

HPSP Senior Send Off!

 

The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) student organization is structured to support those pre-doctoral students who, through military sponsorship, are committed to serving their country both as a dental professional and a military officer. HPSP proudly presents our 8 graduated D17s, our newest captains and lieutenants! HPSP had organized a senior night to celebrate and recognize our graduated 4th years and our faculty/student members who have military ties.

Our D17s showed amazing dedication, compassion, and leadership throughout their years at TUSDM, and there is no doubt that they will succeed not only as dentists, but as military officers. We’re incredibly excited for them as they embark their new journey in their designated military bases. You guys will be missed! Thank you for your service!

Army:
Patrick Hoye
Lejla Tupkovic

Navy:
Ashley Wallace
Kyu Choi
Tom Vu
Jimmy Assad
Alex Sukys

Air Force:
Mitchell Tossberg-Wilson

Senior night PC: Kevin Campbell (D18)
D17 US Army commissioning ceremony at Fenway Park
D17 US Navy commissioning ceremony on the USS Constitution

Letter to the TUSDM Class of 2017 from Dr. Yun Saksena


Dear IS’17s and D’17s,

Congratulations for your graduation!  You’ve reached this huge milestone through hard work and determination!

  • You were the first class we had for book groups. Remember the lessons from Henrietta Lacks. Some of you were really shy back then. Being part of your professional development has been a privilege.
  • Many of you​ really stepped up to help your “littles” transition into clinic, going above and beyond, ​especially when the D’19​s needed help in the IDP 3 workshops doing exams on one another. TAs or not, you gave up your time and taught them something to make their lives easier. ​Thank you so much!

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Class of 2017 Senior Awards!

Class of 2017 Senior Awards!
ENDODONTICS
GENERAL DENTISTRY
BASIC SCIENCES
IMPLANTOLOGY
ORAL PATHOLOGY
ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
ORTHODONTICS
PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
PERIODONTOLOGY
PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
RECOGNITION FOR LEADERSHIP
RECOGNITION FOR ETHICS, PROFESSIONALISM AND CITIZENSHIP
RECOGNITION FOR ACHIEVEMENT AND DISTINCTION IN RESEARCH
RECOGNITION FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DISTINCTION

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“The painful truth about teeth” (Article)

“You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth”

Dental care is being referred to as a visible reminder of the divide between rich and poor. As the distance between rich and poor grows in the United States, few consequences are so overlooked as the humiliating divide in dental care. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter. As dental/health care providers, it is disturbing and unfortunate that millions of people are resorting to charity clinics and hospital emergency rooms for last minute treatments of their painful and neglected teeth.

Be sure to follow the link and read more in depth of the article highlighting health disparities and dental care!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2017/05/13/the-painful-truth-about-teeth/?tid=sm_fb&utm_term=.9feadbe8734c