Category Archives: Updates

Tufts Ruck’s Amazing accomplishment at Tough Ruck

Comprised of 40 dedicated students, staff, faculty and friends, the Tufts Ruck team raised $25,064 this year at the annual Tough Ruck held on Sunday April 14th. Only four other teams registered for the 2019 Tough Ruck raised more funds than Team Tufts Ruck!  In 2018, our novice 50-member team raised $14,470 for a combined total of $39,534 over our first two years in the Tough Ruck.

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MDS Beacon Hill Day

Beacon Hill Day is upon us (MAY 1st)! 

Dentists and students will be going to talk to our elected officials to help pass laws that will protect our profession!

Do you need to know anything about lobbying before you go? 

No! MDS will give you all the talking points and also give you a rundown of what these issue are and why they are important to us as we practice dentistry. 

What we will be talking about:

  1. Costs shifting within the delivery of Dental Care
  2. Making sure that dental benefit corporations have transparency
  3. Reforming licensure exams
  4. Anesthesia coverage for children
  5. Adults on Mass Health to obtain more benefits 

What will the day look like?

  • 8:30- 9 Registration and Check-in
  • 9- 10:45 Breakfast and Issue briefing (free meal)
  • 10:45 – 11 Walk to the State House
  • 11- 12:30 Individual meetings with Legislators
  • 12:30 – 2:30 Lunch time and Afternoon Agenda (free meal)

Is it going to be worth it?

Yes! Lobbying is fun – and that’s a fact. 

It’s not too late to register! Come to the Hill and see how you can make a difference.

I hope to see you there! Please reach out to me with any questions!

D19s’ Gabby Lieberman and Anne Marie Vu receive Presidential Award!

Congrats to Gabby Lieberman (D19) and Anne Marie Vu (D19) for being awarded the Presidential Award for Civic Life. This prestigious awards recognize students from across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership during their time at Tufts. Pictured below are Nancy Marks, Prof. Irina Dragan, Gabby, Taylor, Anne Marie and Anne Marie’s mother.

AAPHD Policy Fact of the Week

A Deep Dive into the Connections Between Oral and Behavioral Health”

  • Families USA and Mental Health America discuss the interaction between oral and mental health and its consequences, showing the many barriers to good oral health experienced by this population.
  • For people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders, good oral health is especially important.
  • However, with all the medications being prescribed, they often cause dry mouth, which may result in painful swelling and stomatitis, thrush, and hypersalivation, further exacerbating oral health problems.
  • The CDC estimates that over a lifetime, close to 50% of Americans will be affected by some type of behavioral health issue.
  • With such large numbers, it is time to start pursuing policies that integrates mental health and oral health into the conversation.

For more information, see the attached fact sheet by Families USA.


This issue is the second issue of the District I’s Newsletter, “Pulp Fiction.” This issue focuses on the similarities and differences between each school in the District. We have identified the ideal study spots from Connecticut to Maine, showcased our talented District I dental students, and showed you that we all go through similar everyday struggles.


Sameer Atrash, D21, Named a Finalist in Gordon Institute’s 100K New Ventures Competition

On March 11, Sameer Atrash, D21, was named a finalist in the Gordon Institute’s 100K New Ventures Competition – Medical Devices & Life Science Track for his work, Project Prenatal. “Project Prenatal saves lives through creating access to dental care” via “an innovative technology that automates the referral of patients from medical to dental providers,” Atrash said. “Project Prenatal aims to increase utilization of dental care by 14 million in the next five years through automation and convenience.” Congratulations Sameer, and best of luck in the final competition on April 5th!

D22s Honor the Donors to the Clinical Anatomy Labs

On March 1, the Class of 2022 and members of the dental and medical communities came together in Jaharis Auditorium for a moving ceremony in tribute to the donors to the clinical anatomy labs and to express gratitude to their families. In the presence of more than 200 people, Dr. Paul Kwan, Course Director of the Anatomy Labs and Associate Professor of Medical Education at Tufts University School of Medicine, opened the Service by honoring and paying respects to those who donated their bodies in service to science and health professional education.

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DC Bulletin Board Highlight: SNDA & AAPD

Happy February TUSDM!

Swing by the 7th floor and check out the SNDA board by the 7th floor student lounge! Check out their tribute to Black History Month, photos of members, and who their 2018-2019 Eboard is!

And don’t miss the AAPD bulletin board by the 7th floor mailboxes and learn about their mission, events they are frequently involved in, and their Eboard too!

Tufts wins Annual ASDA District 1 Debate at Yankee Dental Congress

After grabbing some free swag from dental industry leaders at the Yankee Dental Congress, students headed to the annual ASDA District 1 student debate, where students from the 5 district one schools debated current hot topics in dentistry. Representing Tufts and bring home the 1st place trophy were Arjun Gupta (D21) and Sho Taniguchi (D21)! Some of the topics debated were the use of real life patients in the dental licensure exam and the pros/cons of growing DSO culture. Congratulations Arjun and Sho!