Category Archives: Reflections

National Nite Out reflection by Anne Marie Vu (D19)

The TUSDM Dept of Public Health participated on National Nite Out on August 1st. They partnered with the Boston Chinatown community to promote oral health.

Anne Marie Vu (D19) reflects, “This volunteer event was a great way to delve into the Chinatown community. I learned how important knowing different languages is, as only one of our volunteers spoke Cantonese, and she was the most valuable member in terms of communicating with the older Chinese visitors at the events. It was humorous to speak of one of the older ladies at the event, though, as we somehow understood each other as she spoke to me in Chinese and I spoke to her in English. I’m pretty sure we did not catch a single word we were saying, but our body language and expressions were enough to bring out a few laughs. I also learned that elderly Chinese adults are very persistent in obtaining free toothbrushes and toothpaste–for next year, I would like to find a better way to give out the materials, because as much as we tried to pace ourselves, we ran out very quickly. My participation impacted me personally because I saw how vibrant the Chinatown community was and how much we have to offer them, yet how hard it is to connect with the language barrier. I hope we can have more events between our school and this population. Additionally, growing up as an American-Asian, I was reminded of my own family members when I interacted with the community members.”

MDS/ASDA luncheon reflection by Airy Choi (D20)

On Monday, July 31st, MDS (Massachusetts Dental Society) and Tuft’s ASDA (American Student Dental Association) welcomed the incoming D’21 class with lunch and these awesome shades to kick off the new school year. David Lustbader, MDS President; Dean Mary-Jane Hanlon, MDS Trustee and interim associate dean of clinical affairs; and Agatha Kao, D18 ASDA Class Representative led the discussion and introduced them to the importance of their involvement in organized dentistry through MDS and ASDA. Organized dentistry allows our voices to be heard, and it advocates for the future of our profession and oral health of our patients.

Reflection written by Airy Choi (D20)

AO Tooth Day @ Fenway reflection by Jordan Siegel (D18)

On July 18th, 2017 Alpha Omega participated in the annual Tooth Day at Fenway. The night begun with several members and faculty mentors promoting oral health awareness and performing oral cancer screenings to fans. Then the rest of the night was spent watching the Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue jays (:

“Tooth day is a successful event every year! It’s a great opportunity to reach out to a local community and raise oral health awareness and also promote Tufts Dental School. We all felt that many of the vendors working at the game not only anticipate the event each year now but are very grateful for the screenings and toothbrushes/pastes. We got many thanks from potential new patients, and one vendor even brought us over food as a thank you!
Participants:Megan Milder (D18), Jordan Siegel (D18), Lauren Trager (D18), Dr. Paul Trombley, and Dr. Tanya Wright

Reflected by: Jordan Siegel (D18)

1 year ago today… Mini Medical School at Boston MOS (Dr. Ing)

About 1 year ago from today, Dr. Ing shared her summer fun activity at Boston Museum of Science. She had started working with the museum since her days as a dental student at Tufts. When she was asked to participate in “Mini Medical School Day” she presented fun and interactive activities with the help of students and faculty members. The event provided a learning environment that promoted interest in health care like medicine and dentistry.

Check out her reflection HERE

Whether you travel to faraway places or stay close to home, we want to see what you’re up to! Share your summer activities on Instagram and tag #dentalcentral & #tusdm (:

AADMD at Special Olympics Special Smiles MA

On June 10, 2017, members of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) participated in Special Olympics Special Smiles MA. Almost 40 representatives from TUSDM provided the amazing athletes with oral screenings and OHI, mouth guards, and fluoride varnish. Athletes visited the Special Smiles stations in the hockey arena and enjoyed food and games outdoors in between their sporting events.

Gabrielle Lieberman (D19) shares her experience:

“I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics: Special Smiles through AADMD. It was an enriching experience. Alongside other dental students, I was involved with oral health screenings and recording any findings. It was an exciting and enjoyable day and it was such a privilege to work with the athletes. The look on the kids’ faces when they would explain to you either the sport they competed in or when showing off their medals they won was pure joy. Working and interacting with athletes with special needs was good practice in building interpersonal skills. The team effort amongst the dental students in working with the special needs population built a network that we can continue to develop throughout our careers.”

To learn more about this and many other community service opportunities that AADMD offers, join the Facebook group and e-mail lauren.trager@tufts.edu to be added to the e-mail list.

Mass Mental Health Center reflection by Arietta Rigopoulos (D19)

On May 31, 2017, an oral health screening was held at Mass Mental Health Center. They provide comprehensive services to Department of Mental Health (DMH) eligible adults and adolescents such as, psychiatry service, dialectical behavioral therapy program, etc. Toothbrushes, toothpastes, and brochures were handed out to advocate good oral health.

Arietta Rigopoulos (D19) reflects,
“I, along with 4 of my classmates, Soteji Adeuti (D19), Lillian Lwanga (D19), Meghan Kelley (D19) and Iana Elledge (D19),
volunteered at the Mass Mental Health Fair on May 31. At this event we took turns sitting at our booth and answering questions about dental concerns for those that came by.  We recommended they get an oral health screening which consisted of an oral cancer screening, dental findings and our recommendations.  Several people came by the booth and were very excited to get a screening.  It seemed as if every person that came by our booth truly cared about their dental health and wanted to improve or maintain it.  By the end of the day we convinced a few people that were “embarrassed” to get a dental screening to not only get one but potentially become our future patients.  This was a great experience working with a different population of patients that we may encounter in clinic and especially now that we are entering clinic it was great exposure to put our skills to the test. We not only practiced our practical skills but our communication skills with a minority group, those with mental illnesses, and this continuous practice will only make us better clinicians in the long run!”

Event Recap: AAWD Teams Up with Ursuline Academy to Promote Oral Health at the Women’s Lunch Place

On May 23rd, members from the American Association of Women Dentists at Tufts teamed up with high school students from Ursuline Academy and Maureen Favorito of Smart Smiles to promote oral health at the Women’s Lunch Place.

Annabelle, Lobna & Brooke’s Ursuline Academy Project

When we asked high school seniors Annabelle Garrity, Lobna Yussef, and Brooke Mercuri about their capstone project they told us: “Our school encourages students to do 110 hours of community service before we graduate. My classmates and I decided to set up health days for the Women’s Lunch Place. We brought in audiologists, optometrists and dentists for the women to see. The volunteers we brought in did screenings and checked for future possible complications. We had a great time getting to know and work with a great group of women and are grateful for this opportunity.”

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