On October 1st, Korean American Dental Association (KADA) spent their Sunday morning volunteering at a Parish performing oral health screenings and promoting good oral health.
Stephen (Soon Beom) Kwon (D20) reflects: “Volunteering at St. Antoine Daveluy Parish was a meaningful experience for all of us. D18’s and D19’s provided oral health screenings and guidance for patients of all ages: from a kindergartener concerned about gaps in between her teeth to an elderly patient with no health insurance. D20’s and D21’s presented oral hygiene instructions and answered various dental-related questions from people that stopped by the booth. Children were particularly excited to learn, and it was gratifying to see them demonstrate proper brushing techniques back to us. Using plain language in Korean was a challenge that many of us faced; we aim to be better prepared for more clear and effective communication in the future. Overall, the event was a rewarding opportunity that allowed us to develop clinical skills while giving back to our community.”
Want a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card? Enter the Health Literacy Month Weekly Contest on the bulletin board outside the 7th floor student lounge. Each week, we will post a word or phrase that is used in the practice of dentistry. Your challenge is to rewrite the phrase in plain language so that it is easy for a patient or non-dentist to understand. Write your answers on the front of an index card, put your name and email on the back, and then tack it to the bulletin board. One winner will be chosen by the Health Literacy Intensive at random every week in October!
The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is preparing for our annual Impressions Day!
Impressions Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:30AM to 4PM.
The Impressions Day Program invites high school and college students from diverse backgrounds to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. If you know any high school or college students who are considering a career in dentistry or simply want to learn more about the field, feel free to invite them to Impressions Day!
Impressions Day 2017 Eventbrite Tickets Link:
Please note: SNDA will host a short Volunteer Informational for all volunteers October 31st in the Rachel’s Amphitheater from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
We encourage any and all to help make this Impressions Day 2017 meaningful for the pre-dental students in any way you can! Should you have any questions, please feel free to email SNDA Diversity Initiatives Officer, Taphaphene Young, Thank you for your time!
This past Saturday, September 23rd, Smile Squad participated at the annual Oak Fair in Chinatown. The children and families were very excited to see us there again. It was great to interact with them despite their language barriers. Most were eager to show us how they brush and floss their teeth regularly while others were a bit shy at first but with the help of their parents as translators we were able to better interact with them. They enjoyed using the different puppets and toothbrushes we had available for demonstrational purposes. The event was a great turn out. Each child had a different skill level when it came to brushing and flossing. It was rewarding to see them eager to practice and improve their habits. They enjoyed getting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, and stickers.
Stephanie Alvarez (D20) and Simran Kaur (D20) reflects….
Continue reading Smile Squad Oak Fair Reflection by Stephanie Alvarez (D20) & Simran Kaur (D20)
1.Tufts Community Day
Smile Squad members are encouraged to sign up for the 15th annual Community Day at Tufts Medford/Somerville Campus on September 24! There will be live performances: song, dance, music, story time, a “Honk” parade, juggling, face painting, a scavenger hunt, STEM, and even Quidditch for Kids! Smile Squad members will be providing oral hygiene instructions to children and families in the community! There will be FREE FOOD (BBQ lunch and refreshments) also at this event! The entire event is from 11am – 3pm. We will have TWO shifts – 10:30am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-3:15pm. Again, pick a shift or sign up for the whole day!
Sign up HERE!
2. Medford Health, Wealth, and Fitness Fair **New Event**!
On Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 5 PM – 7 PM, the Medford Public Schools will be hosting a Fall Harvest Health, Wellness & Fitness Fair for the City of Medford. The fair will be held in the MHS Gym, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford. Last year, the Fair was held just for city/school employees, but this year, it is open to the entire City of Medford! We are hoping that Smile Squad members will be available to join!
Sign up HERE!
Please contact any of the Smile Squad E-Board members if you have any questions.
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) student group wants to add an accessory to your professional attire- a Tufts pin! This pin is a fantastic add-on to your lapel when representing the school at local and national conferences or even on your white coat!
Each pin costs $10 and can be purchased by cash or venmo! (Please venmo Adam-Lowenstein)
Please contact an ADEA rep for more information!
– Tuvy Phan (D18)
– Meghan Kelley (D19)
– Kalp Juthani (D20)
Thank you for your support!
Bates Student Research Group
Swing by the 7th floor and check out the colorful TUSDM Smile Squad bulletin board by the mailboxes! Stop by throughout the month of September to learn more about what they do and their mission to bring a smile on everyone’s face (:
And don’t miss the Bate Student Research Group bulletin board by the 7th floor lounge and learn about the amazing work that our student researchers are up to and upcoming events and deadlines!
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!