Members of the Tufts Dental GLBTA volunteered at the Boston Living Center's 2014 Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25, 2014. The Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center (BLC) is a nonprofit community and resource center that fosters the wellness of all HIV positive people and responds to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community through education, treatment information and support services.
Pictured from left to right: Mitzi Liu (D15), Matthew Manzi (D16), Mark Gonthier (Executive Associate Dean), Bridget Mackey (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor), and Amit Sachdeo (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor).
Dental students with the South Asian Medical and Dental Association successfully screened over 50 community members at a local temple (Sikh Gurdwara)! The students performed oral cancer screenings, gave oral hygiene instructions and provided essential blood pressure monitoring for local members of the community. This is one of many screenings SAMDA will be doing throughout the school year. Keep an eye out for future screenings as SAMDA is always looking for volunteers!
Mandy Alamwala (D16), Yogesh Gera (D16) and Khusbu Patel (D16) were joined by SAMDA faculty advisor Dr. Harish Gulati.
The Tufts Chapter of dental fraternity Delta Sigma Delta (DSD) held a general meeting this past Friday and President Vladik Crutcher (D16) presented newly initiated members with official certificates welcoming them to the fraternity. As always with DSD meetings, there was free pizza and salad, and members had a great time getting to know each other better while enjoying a free meal.
The Student National Dental Association's annual Impressions Program was a hit yet again this year! The Impressions Program invites students from undergraduate institutions and high schools to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. We've posted some photos in the gallery below, but to view all that day's activities click here!
The Smile Squad recently volunteered at the Give Kids a Smile Day on Saturday, November 15th at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA in partnership with the Mass Dental Society. The event provided free dental services for children such as oral screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish, and sealants. Smile Squad member Olga Raptis (D16) was kind enough to send us this photo with fellow volunteers Erin Saucier (D15), My Doan (D15), Shayla Walker (D18), Abby Yazbak (D18), and Khusbu Patel (D16)
TUSDM’s new web-based portal in support of civic engagement and community service learning is launched! Visit About and find out how Dental Central came into being…Check out Student Organizations and see the depth and breadth of those doing community service work at TUSDM…Or go to Resources and see where to get toothbrushes and supplies for your next event and view the new PHCS online event documentation form — so much easier to use than the old paper forms!
But what's really cool is how easy it is to Be in the Know about where and how to get involved in community events. Interested in joining up with Smile Squad later this month at the Oak Street Fair? Or maybe hanging out with Sharewood Clinic in Malden on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is more of your thing. Or maybe you're looking for something outside of the box, like networking with Vanessa Kirsch and Alan Khazei as part of a Tisch College-sponsored Social Impact Network event. Whatever you're looking for, Dental Central has it all over at the Volunteer Opportunities Page!
ASDA is currently looking for volunteers to help out with oral health screenings at the Vermont Special Olympics on Saturday, May 31st. The event will be a 3 day commitment with transportation, food, and lodging provided by ASDA. Click here to learn more about the event and how to sign up!