Category Archives: Student Organization Spotlight

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.

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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.

AAWD Membership Info

For those of you interested, this is an email with all the info you need to become a member of American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD).  We accept ALL members! This is not strictly a group just for women.  If you are not interested in becoming a member please disregard this email. 

AAWD will be tabling in the 7th floor student lounge on Monday 10/16 and Wednesday 10/18. Last day to sign up for dues is 10/18 at 11:59pm. Read this quick review on what membership offers you!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Members AND non-members are still welcome to join our TUSDM Women in Leadership Dinners.

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