Category Archives: Reflections

AAID 2017 Annual Conference

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) had their annual conference in San Diego, the weekend of October 13-16!

Andrew G. Lum (D19) reflects: “Attending the AAID annual conference was a wonderful opportunity that would not have been possible without the generous help of my mentors and the research department at Tufts. This conference had a more intimate feeling than other meetings I’ve attended in the past and as a result, I was able to hear many of the main podium speakers, and sit-in during some of the hands-on workshops. I highly encourage any interested students who are conducting implant related research to consider applying for the AAID student research grant since it gave me exposure to organized dentistry on a smaller platform and challenged me as as presenter to think critically alongside established clinician-researchers in implant dentistry.”

Alber Schweitzer Leadership Conference Reflections

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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Smile Squad & IMANE at Medford Sikh Temple

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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7th SPEA Annual Session

On October 19th to the 21st, the Student Professional and Ethics Association (SPEA) members Ian Dickinson (D19), Lauren Hagspiel (D19), Stefane Bourguignon (D20), and Jesse Huston (D19) had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta to attend the 7th SPEA Annual Session.

Ian Dickson (D19) reflects: “Members from all over the country and Canada gathered for a weekend packed with events and presentations from several incredible speakers (including Chris Salierno from The Curious Dentist Blog and ASDA White Paper author Michael C. Meru) on inter-professional teamwork, the changing demographics in dentistry, and dealing with ethical situations in corporate dentistry, to name a few. The session was a truly enriching and inspiring event and we look forward to sharing our newfound skills and experiences with all members of the Tufts community.”

Smile Squad Tufts Community Day

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.

TUSDM Donations for Hurricane Harvey: Reflection by Jonathan Pierpoline (D21)

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.

MA Joint committee Public Hearing Testimony by Alec Eidelman (D18)

On Tuesday, September 12th, there was a hearing on “Food and Nutrition: Oral Health by the Massachusetts Joint Committee.  More specifically, there was a hearing regarding legislation to enact mid-level dental providers for the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Alec Eidelman (D18) who is a DMD, MPH Dual degree candidate had participated testifying against Bill S. 1169, and FOR H. 2820/S. 142. Check out Alec’s written testimony BELOW….

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