Left to right: Jordan Siegel, Lauren Trager (co-vice presidents), Dr. Tanya Wright (OMFP) Megan Milder (secretary) Dr. Paul Trombley, Dr. Steve Spitz (AO international exec board)
On July 18th, 2017Alpha 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”
On June 4th, 2016Smile Squad members had the opportunity to participate and represent Tufts at a local Health & Wellness Fair organized by the United India Association of New England. Oral health awareness was promoted to more than one hundred local families that attended the event. Smile Squad members Simran Kaur (D20), Thais Antunes (D20), Amy Hong (D20), Lindsay Hughes (D20) worked alongside with Sangita Murali (D18), Dr. Gandhi, and Dr. Rungta promoting oral health awareness. Free oral cancer screenings were held throughout the event and families had the opportunity to obtain oral hygiene instructions along with many pamphlets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, that will hopefully inspire them to keep up with their daily oral hygiene.
Last month the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) received a generous donation from TUSDM alumnae Dr. Janice Conrad, who sent a check with the award money from winning the Thomas Winkler Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Dentistry.
If you haven’t heard of SPEA (or the ACD), we are an organization focused on encouraging, maintaining, and promoting the further learning of ethical and professional behavior in the dental profession. SPEA is your friendly liaison for ethical queries or when you want policy changes at Tufts.
Left to right, top to bottom: Connor Van, John Calabrese, Steven Tucker, Sunnie Kuna, Courtney Silva, Lauren Hagspiel, and Jossana Rasla (D19s)
Left to right: Alisha Anand (D18), Gabrielle Lieberman (D19), and Grace Kim (D19)
Brandon Wong (D18)
Right: Mia Russo (D19)
Right: Kevin Campbell (D18)
Left to right: Lauren Hagspiel, Sunnie Kuna, Jossana Rasla, Courtney Silva, Connor Van, Steven Tucker (D19s)
Left to right: Nari Park, Grace Kim, Gabrielle Lieberman (D19s)
Left to right, top to bottom: Sagar Kumar (D19), Leigh Zhao (D18), Gabrielle Lieberman (D19), Mia Russo (D19), Alexandra Naski (D18), Kevin Campbell (D18), Nari Park (D19), Grace Kim (D19), Alisha Anand (D18), Kesang Norbhu (IS18)
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.”
Swing by the 7th floor and check out the colorful Tufts Dental LGBTQA bulletin board by the mailboxes! Stop by throughout the month of June to learn more about how you can make your practice more welcoming for your LGBQT patients, find out what upcoming events the group has planned, and grab a pin to show your pride.
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!
Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) hosted “Special Olympics Special Smiles” this weekend, special thanks to the following represents on behalf of Tufts American Student Dental Association ASDA & TUSDM at Burlington Vermont to provide screening service to special needs athletes:
Kevin Campbell ’18
Meghan Powers ’18
Shayla Walker ’18
Spencer Nice ’18
David Kirsch ’18
Tiffany Ngo ’18
Avigya Shrestha ’18
Annie Le ’18
Alyssa Tarpy ’18
This is an annual event recurring every spring for third-year students, if you are interested in volunteering, join next year!
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.”