The complexities of treating patients from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community are many, but thanks to a dynamic presentation from Dr. Amy Szarkowski, PhD
members of the AADMD
(American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry) Club are now armed with an abundance of knowledge and a few signs to help future patients succeed.
Over 30 members of the AADMD club attended an interactive presentation by Dr. Szarkowski on Tuesday, January 24th 2017 where she reflected on her experience at Gallaudet University, shared her knowledge of deaf culture and explored the role of health care providers in serving the Deaf and hard of hearing communities appropriately. Dr. Szarkowski is a psychologist with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and Cochlear Implant Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Students learned to sign greetings, dental terminology (“pain,” “open,” “dentist,” “medication”) and basic questions to engage patients that use ASL to communicate. Throughout the night they participated in a lively exchange of questions and comments about Deaf culture that will no doubt inform their future practice and patient care for the better.
Thank you Dr. Szarkowski and AADMD members for participating!
– Holly Fadie (D18)-
Soteji Adeuti, Lauren Smith, Tong Lui, Marsha Robinson, Khohlia Mark, Youstina Youssef, Gynnekia Booth
Tufts chapter ASDA Smile, Share, and Care program provides a regular opportunity for Tufts Dental students to stand out as leaders in the Chinatown community. With the collaboration of the Wang YMCA childcare center, our students are able to impact the lives of the children in a positive way. What to expect from us: We bring a fresh and exciting aspect of dental education to the preschoolers at Wang YMCA childcare center. We not only read to them, we also use interactive tools such as games, food, board games, and, the most fun part is, we get to wear tooth costumes and use puppets which the kids so love! I see this program as a two way system whereby the children at their tender age get a first hand education that teaches them how to care for their teeth and the students, likewise, learn to develop their interpersonal communication skills.
Written by: Soteji Adeuti (D19), Tufts ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Director