Category Archives: Student Organization Spotlight

AAWD Member Spotlight!

AAWD spotlight (<– CLICK LINK)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) excitedly shares with you their interview spotlighting their three first year dental representatives! The 3 beautiful, intelligent, and empowering ladies share some of their stories and a bit about who they are!

Spurthi Arashinagundi (D21)
Kaitlyn O’Connell (D21)
Marina Kanakos (D21)

Also check out their DC Bulletin Board by the 7th floor student lounge!

First Middle Eastern Dental Society Meeting!

On March 5th, the Middle Eastern Dental Society will be having their first interest meeting as they prepare to launch as a student organization!

Read below to learn more about their mission statement and goals as a student org: “To engage students in understanding current Middle Eastern issues pertaining to oral health and overall health. Our aim is to foster and encourage the Middle Eastern culture, traditions and customs. We hope to showcase Middle Eastern heritage to all students at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The MEDS encourages all students to join in order to promote oral health in the Middle East and engage in Middle Eastern culture and traditions. MEDS aims to welcome all students of all races, religions and cultural backgrounds.”

Bulletin Board Highlight: Alpha Omega

Come by the 7th floor and check out Alpha Omega‘s bulletin board by the mailboxes AND by the 7th floor lounge. Find out more info about the org, events, and other opportunities through their DC page.
*Thumbs Up* (:

Sign-up for the 2017-2018 school year is open. Please see available dates HERE and sign up to show off your awesome student group to the TUSDM community! There are only a couple spots left!!

Thank You from our Troops!

Last month, the Tufts Dental Health Professional Scholarship Program students sponsored a “Drive for the Troops.” When the packages are sent out to the troops, a letter is encoled with the Tufts logo thanking the military members for their service and that we are keeping them in our thoughts. These military members have received our packages and are very grateful. Thank you to everyone for supporting the drive and our troops overseas!

BULLETIN BOARD SPOTLIGHT: CMDA

Come by the 7th floor and check out the Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA) bulletin board by the mailboxes and by the 7th floor lounge. You can find out more info about the org, events, and other opportunities. Please feel free to pick up e a candy cane and spread the christmas cheer! Merry Christmas.

Sign-up for the 2017-2018 school year is open. Please see available dates HERE and sign up to show off your awesome student group to the TUSDM community! There are only a couple spots left!!

Bulletin Board Spotlight: SPEA & HDA

Happy November!!
Come by the 7th floor and check out the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) bulletin board by the mailboxes. They posted pictures from previous events, useful information, and the group objectives. You can also pick up a free handbook!

And don’t miss the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) bulletin board by the 7th floor lounge and check out where HDA goes on their global service learning trip and fun pictures!

Sign-up for the 2017-2018 school year is open. Please see available dates HERE and sign up to show off your awesome student group to the TUSDM community! There are only a couple spots left!!

HDA: East Boston OHC reflection by Nicolette Angioli (D19)

On October 20, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) volunteered in East Boston to promote oral health care to children and members of the community.

Nicolette Angioli (D19) reflects: “So far HDA has had multiple events in East Boston with the Most Holy Redeemer Parish. They have been very successful events for both the children who attend and the TUSDM community. The children look forward to our visits and are very engaged in learning about oral health. The Tufts students really enjoy interacting with the children and being able to volunteer in a Hispanic community.”

   Volunteers: 
Sandy Perez D’19
Nicolette Angioli D’19
Roberto Aleman D’20
Christian Mendoza D’20
Janelle Diaz D’20
Mason Fortuno D’20
Haneen Shehadeh D’20
Melissa Ruiz D’20
Amanjot Sarao D’20
Christopher Lucido D’20
Al McQuarrie D’20
Katherine Ynsinare D’21
Gabbi Sangiovanni D’21
Orestes Riera D’21

SNDA Cradles to Crayons

On October 1stStudent National Dental Association (SNDA) volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, an organization to support childhood poverty.

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “Volunteering at the Cradle to Crayons Giving Factory was such a rewarding experience. Tufts Dental SNDA along with students from Boston University helped sort through children’s clothes and package them so that they can be distributed to children in need. This opportunity was a lot of fun and we were able to positively impact over 100 children with care packages!”

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.

Continue reading Smile Squad & IMANE at Medford Sikh Temple

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.