Reflections from Nine Student Leaders on the Schweitzer Leadership Conference
The Depts. of Public Health and Student Affairs offered Scholarships for nine rocking D20 and D21 student leaders to attend the Spark Event! Their reflections will open your mind to some new ideas in leadership and dentistry. Take a read!
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On November 4th, 2016 Smile Squad members started off their first weekend of November volunteering at the Medford Sikh Temple with Dr. Neela Gandhi where they provided oral hygiene instructions along with oral cancer screenings. We are very fortunate for being able to participate in this event that the India Medical Association of New England (IMANE) organized. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Indian culture while giving back to the community. Dr. Gandhi lead the Oral Health Awareness and the cancer screening to the local Sikh Community in Medford. Tufts Dental Students, Sangita Murali (D’18), Thais Antunes (D’20), Sandy Lopez (D’20), Ramandeep Kaur (D’20) and Simran Kaur (D’20) assisted Dr. Gandhi at the temple by demonstrating proper oral hygiene techniques, distributing toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss along with teaching the community very important oral hygiene tips.
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Tufts hosted its 15th annual Community Day on Sunday September 25, 2017. Smile Squad members were there to provide oral hygiene instructions to the various children and families that participated. Our table was a center of attraction. Most families recognized us from the year before. The children enjoyed interacting with our members and learning more about oral hygiene techniques. It was a rewarding experiencing for Smile Squad as it was a busy event with lots of people eager to use the educational tools we had available. The number of families including the children that didn’t speak English at the event made it apparent that it is important to have volunteers that speak many languages. Thankfully, we had Smile Squad members who spoke Spanish and Portuguese at the event which was a great resource. We hope that next year we will have more members present who are fluent in other languages due to the diversity present in Boston and its surrounding areas.
Sandy Lopez ( D20) reflects on her experience:
Volunteering with Smile Squad at Tufts Community day was wonderful experience to be a part of. The opportunity to be a first-time exposure of oral hygiene to various young children and families was very rewarding. Going forward and reflecting on the experience I hope we can have a poster board or even a pin saying “Ask us to how brush and Floss” in various languages that help us provide everyone at the event with oral health instructions.
On October 1st, Korean American Dental Association (KADA) spent their Sunday morning volunteering at a Parish performing oral health screenings and promoting good oral health.
Stephen (Soon Beom) Kwon (D20) reflects: “Volunteering at St. Antoine Daveluy Parish was a meaningful experience for all of us. D18’s and D19’s provided oral health screenings and guidance for patients of all ages: from a kindergartener concerned about gaps in between her teeth to an elderly patient with no health insurance. D20’s and D21’s presented oral hygiene instructions and answered various dental-related questions from people that stopped by the booth. Children were particularly excited to learn, and it was gratifying to see them demonstrate proper brushing techniques back to us. Using plain language in Korean was a challenge that many of us faced; we aim to be better prepared for more clear and effective communication in the future. Overall, the event was a rewarding opportunity that allowed us to develop clinical skills while giving back to our community.”
As many of you may know, Houston was devastated by what is being called a 1,000 year flood. An event of this magnitude should occur every 1,000 years. Over 500,000 vehicles have been totaled due to flood damage and over 100,000 homes have been flooded. The donations collected from Tufts School of Dental Medicine with ASDA have been sent to Bay Area Turning Point. Their main mission involves bringing assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The items that everyone have graciously brought in will be bringing much needed supplies to not only the victims of Hurricane Harvey, but of domestic violence as well.
As a Houston native I personally want to thank everyone that is a part of the Tufts family. The amount of support and love that was brought together by everyone here is truly inspiring. I believe I can speak on behalf of the Houston and say thank you.
– Jonathan Pierpoline (D21)
ASDA Puerto Rico Chapter is continuing to collect donations to help those affected by the storm get back on their feet . No donation is too small. Every dollar matters. If you’d like to make a contribution please click HERE.
Start training today and take the stairs!
The Fight for Air Climb is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. The Tufts Dental Team is already formed. The climb is 41 stairs at One Boston Place on February 3, 2018. Come just to watch and support the Firefighter’s competition!
Funding for student registration ($35) may be available from other student organizations.
Email: Toria.Kourtas@tufts.edu or BostonClimb.org for more information.
All TUSDM Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to join the TUSDM Department of Public Health and Community Service in Merritt Auditorium on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm for a discussion on Challenges and Opportunities: A National Oral Health Study of Rwanda.
Our speakers will include:
Dr. John Morgan, TUSDM Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service
Professor Phil Cotton, Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda
Dr. Donna Hackley, TUSDM Department of Public Health and Community Service
Mr. Jean Damascene Ndabirora, LLA 2018 Rwanda, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Our speakers will explore topics on:
- The importance of a national oral health study for Rwanda
- Unique challenges of conducting a national oral health study in Rwanda
- Human rights aspects regarding oral health
Please RSVP to Gerard Cedrone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner will be provided beginning at 4:45pm.