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The Man Behind the Statue (Dr. Robert Buchanan D’46) celebrates his 95th (:

Dr. Robert D. Buchanan (D46) had visited TUSDM in celebration of his 95th birthday! Hopefully, some of you were able to visit and greet him with a big Jumbo Welcome and wished him a very happy birthday!!

A little bit about Dr. Buchanan……

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Alpha Omega Get Lucky Grams

Alpha Omega held their Get lucky grams 3/6-3/15/17. People were able to send anonymous notes and chocolate grams to be hand delivered to any student by the “AO leprechauns”. All proceeds of the grams fundraiser went to the Alpha Omega Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. The lucky grams had a great turn out and it was a creative and fun way to fundraise for a great cause.

Megan Milder (D18) reflected… “Through selling and delivering Lucky Grams at Tufts Dental, Tufts Alpha Omega was able to raise about $300 for the Alpha Omega Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program while spreading some holiday cheer throughout the clinics. This was our first time having a fundraiser in this manner, and the success of the Lucky Grams shows that we will be able to have similar fundraisers in the future.”

Three Beautiful Human Minutes

“It’s easy to put people in boxes. There’s us, and there’s them”… At a time when basic human values of equality and freedom are being called into question on the global stage, it’s refreshing to see some counterpush.

The video shows a group of diverse people who discover that, beneath the surface, they have more in common with each other than what their outward appearances might suggest. Here at TUSDM, we embrace diversity in all of its dimensions, and this video speaks powerfully on behalf of our community. Maybe there truly is more that brings us together than we think.

Focus Group Study

Dear TUSDM D’17 and D’18 Students,

We are conducting a research project at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) assessing the effects on patient understanding of oral health care when using an educational booklet in the TUSDM clinics. For this phase of the study, we are conducting focus groups with TUSDM patients and student providers to gain insight on their opinions about how the booklet looks, whether it is easy to read, and if you think it would be useful to you as a provider. We are  writing to ask for your input because of your experience working in the Tufts pre-doctoral clinic and communicating with patients.

Your opinion and feedback on our booklet will help us test the effectiveness and refine it for the next phase of our study where it will be used to evaluate patient understanding of the booklet when used in the TUSDM undergrad clinic. The focus group will take place on site at TUSDM in a private room, and space is limited to 9 participants. The focus group will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. We will be audio recording the discussion for later review and analysis.

The focus group will take place at TUSDM on February 3rd at 430-6pm. If you complete the focus group, you will receive a $15.00 gift card to Target or Shaw’s/Star Market at the end of the session. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, contact co-Investigator Tuvy Phan.

Thank you in advance for your time,

Natalie Hagel, RDH, MS and Tuvy Phan, D18

Post-doctoral Education Survey

Dear TUSDM Community,
You are invited to participate in a study being conducted at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine by Principal Investigator Dr. Britta Magnuson. This study aims to evaluate pre-doctoral students’ motivation to pursue post-doctoral education and eventually develop a career in Dental Public Health. We wish to obtain your input through a brief survey.
Your participation is voluntary and there are no foreseeable risks or personal benefits. There is no compensation for participation. No names or identifying information will be collected in this survey. Individual response will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed to any outside parties. You may choose to skip questions or stop participating at any time.
If you participate or do not participate, it will have no effect on your academic standing or your relationship with your professors. All data collected will be stored in a password protected computer. All data will be collected anonymously with no identifiable information collected. This study has been reviewed by the Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB).
 
The survey should take about approximately 10 minutes to complete.
 
If you have any comments or questions or concerns about the study, please contact the study PI Dr. Magnuson or Co-Investigators Isaac Hong, Dr. Soo-Woo Kim, and Dr. John Morgan (Please do not reply all).
  
Thank you in advance for your time,
Isaac Hong (D18)

Looking for a Few Creative Student Volunteers!

IMG_0674We have some great materials to engage the community members but we could use a few more! I am looking for some creative volunteers to develop a few more games and community-based activities.  If you have a few hours over the next month or two, give me a shout. Also looking for students to check out the literacy level of some of the games we have so that we can make sure they are age-appropriate! Contact Nanc at nancy.marks@tufts.edu

Community Water Fluoridation Training Program

Last week, Jordan Shapiro (D17) and Mandy Alamwala (D16), on behalf of Tufts ASDA, and Kathy Dolan welcomed the BOHMAC (Better Oral Health Massachusetts Coalition) for a Community Water Fluoridation Training Program.

The speakers at the event included expert trainers:

  • Matt Jacobs, Children’s Dental Health Project, Washington DC
  • Peter Mitchell, Salter Mitchell, Alexandria, VA
  • Jodie Silverman, Health Resources in Action, Boston, MA
  • Dr. John Fisher, Mass Dental Society, Salem, MA

Attendees learnt how to sort through the claims and counter-claims around community water fluoridation; how to communicate science and community objectives in today’s media environment; and how to locate and utilize credible resources to explain what the evidence shows about community water fluoridation.

Check out some pictures from the event below.