Category Archives: Events

Team Smile at Fenway Park!

Team Smile is a foundation based out of the Mid West.  Its mission is to join sports teams and oral health professionals together to provide dental care to children.  Colgate Palmolive is one of the sponsors TISDM was asked to participate.  18 student spots were available for our students to become assistants.

On Friday, August 31 for the first time, Team Smile made its way to Boston MA.  The venue:  Fenway Park.  Lots of festivities including a DJ, face painting, hand held radiography, hygiene stations, triage stations.  Wally showed up.  Little kids, our students and a few faculty members tried their hand at hip hop!  Upstairs in the Red Sox Suite Rooms, restorative treatment took place.  So now we know how a fancy VIP room can be turned into a dental operatory with a fantastic view of the ball field!

Somewhere around  200 middle graders from PIPP School Boston attended!

Tufts students and faculty had a very nice time doing some good for the little kids in Boston and are excited to hear that most likely plans are in the works for Team Smile to return next year.

SAMDA General Meeting 9/7!

The South Asian Medical and Dental Association will be POSTPONING its first general body meeting until Friday, September 7th from Noon-1PM in room 773.
Everyone is welcome to attend and hear about this years upcoming events as well as meet other members. Bring anyone who is interested! Lunch will be provided.
Attention D22s! If you are interested in becoming the SAMDA D22 representative, please attend the general body meeting to learn more!

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Yu, Yau-Hua

Dean Huw F. Thomas’ 150th Anniversary Lunch and Learn Series presents:

Dr. Yu, Yau-Hua

“Women’s Health and Periodontitis”

Thursday, August 30th at 12pm

Rachel’s Amphitheater – 1414

 “Precision Medicine in oral health has yet to happen! In this presentation, Dr. Yu will overview her research path and focus on her recent NIH K23 award aiming at exploring genomic determinants of periodontal disease. Her study was primarily conducted in the Women’s Health Study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.”



Multicultural Fair!

If you found your stomachs growling last Tuesday, it might have been from the amazing smells of the array of foods being offered by members of a number of the cultural student groups on campus to welcome the incoming D22 class. Members of the Italian Club, SAMDA, ADO, PASDAD, NEHMDS, KADA, MEDS, LGBTA+, HDA, and SNDA dished out a variety of food ranging from banh mi to baklava in celebration of the cultural diversity at TUSDM. Many thanks to all those who participated joined in and to the Student Affairs office for organizing the annual outdoor multicultural fair!

D22 Speech-Writing and Presentation Support!

Are you a D22 Running for an Elected Position?
Attend a Speech-Writing and Presentation Support session!

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
4:30 – 5:30 PM

Open to D22s who are running for an elected position and want some pointers on speech writing and presentation. Special guests include TUSDM student leaders who have run for office.

Relaxed atmosphere.

Run by Nancy Marks, Community Service Coordinator.

Snacks! RSVP to

Smile Squad at Chinatown National Night Out

On August 7th, Smile Squad members volunteered and provided oral hygiene instructions at Chinatown’s National Night Out!

Thais Antunes (D20) reflects: “It was a great way to spend time in our own neighborhood and provide oral hygiene instructions. Dental students Thais Antunes ( D20), Simran Kaur (D20), Katie McKenna (D20), Samantha Parad ( D21), Lauren Lubowitz (D21), Pranali Vyas (D21), Husam Abu-Sneineh (D21), Alyssa Kotin (D21), Henry Hsu (D21), and David Alpert (D21) demonstrated proper brushing techniques using puppets. Flossing techniques were also taught using Legos. Children practiced wrapping the floss around their fingers and removing play-doh which resembled the food that gets stuck between our teeth after eating. The hands-on activity kept them intrigued as we taught them more about the importance of proper oral hygiene. We also asked questions like how often they brush and for how long. It’s a great way to promote good oral hygiene to the children.
This is a popular event that is held every year in Chinatown. It is organized by Tai Tung Village to unite the community. Many booths were present promoting healthcare and activities for the children and families. We even learned a few words in Mandarin to better interact and bridge the communication barrier. Luckily, we had one volunteer Henry Hsu (D21) who taught us several words and was able to communicate with those who didn’t speak English. Overall, this event was a great opportunity to interact with the community around us. We dental students are always busy in classes, lab, rotations, clinic and forget the need for care that exists right outside our doors. We hope to see a difference as we continue to educate our local community about the importance of oral hygiene!”

Multicultural Fair!

To all D22’s!

Come celebrate and learn about all of the unique backgrounds, cultures, and religions that make up our Tufts Community. Please stop by to enjoy food, music and activities hosted by TUSDM’s cultural organizations in the Jaharis Courtyard on Tuesday August 21st from 4-7 pm!

An Invitation to the Women of the D22 Class!

Please RSVP for the Women in Leadership Dinner on August 15!  TheWomen in Leadership Dinner is run by the women of TUSDM for incoming D22 class of women. The dinner will showcase a panel of D20’s who are leaders in the school and the community today.  Table conversations will be facilitated by D21 leaders. There will also be time for connecting with other students and faculty after the panel and round table discussions.

The Women in Leadership Initiative receives ongoing support from Nancy Marks, Office of Public Health and from Karen Alexander, Office of Student Affairs and is funded by Dean Thomas.

RSVP and  join us on Wednesday, August 15 at 4:30 – 7:00 pm in Sackler 114 (dinner will be provided). RSVP HERE!

Come and make some new friends and meet some amazing upper class women!

Mini Medical School at the Museum of Science!

On July 17th, Tufts students and faculty organized the Mini Medical School at the Boston Museum of Science. Led by Dr. Ing, students and faculty taught middle school children about general anatomy, dental anatomy and caries, suture techniques on a banana, medical emergencies, blood pressure, and more.

Shoutout to one of the students, Alexandra Galante’s father for making the Mini Medical School banner and background used for the photo booth for the kids!

Dr. Ing reflects: “One of the students told me she wanted to be a lawyer and didn’t really want to be at the mini medical school event in the morning. By the end of the class, she said she wanted to be a neurosurgeon and wanted to wear the gown, mask, and gloves home.”

The goal of the Mini Medical School is to encourage youth to consider medicine and dentistry in their future career goals by supporting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) movement. Check out these photos from the event!


ASDA District 1 Summer Leadership Social

We are so excited to announce this year’s ASDA District 1 Summer Leadership Social at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut on August 24-26th! ASDA District 1 consist of 5 schools: Tufts University, Harvard University, Boston University, University of New England, and University of Connecticut.

This event will give you an opportunity to network with different Dental Service Organizations, national ASDA leaders, and students in District 1. There will be mini breakout sessions on various topics and presentations on leadership lessons and the American Dental Education Association followed by evening socials!

Dates: 8/24/2018-8/26/2018

Location: Foxwoods Resort

Address350 Trolley Line Blvd, Ledyard, CT 06338, USA

Organization: Tufts ASDA

Registration link

Cost: $100

What your registration covers:

     1. All meals!

     2. Housing at Foxwoods Resort for 2 nights!

     3. Access to the evening socials!

     4. Free powered toothbrush!

     5. Swag bags!

We hope to see you all there!