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ADO Volunteers Educate Seniors at the Golden Age Center

Translated Dentures vs. Implants slides that were presented
Irene Lang (D21), Ping Zeng (D20), Sammie Huang (D21), Andy Cheung (D21), and Alexis Yip (D21) answer the seniors’ questions after the presentation.

 

A group of 6 volunteers from TUSDM joined ADO in giving a presentation on Dentures vs. Implants for around 30 seniors at the Golden Age Center in Chinatown on Thursday, October 4.

Andy Cheung (D21), Alexis Yip (D21), and Irene Lang (D21)

This presentation was requested by the seniors following oral health presentations previously given at the center. Three second year Cantonese speaking students Sammie Huang (D21), Andy Cheung (D21), and Alexis Yip (D21) gave the presentation in Cantonese together, and a third year, Ping Zeng (D20), was present to give the technical answers, which were then translated to Cantonese. Emerly Hsu (D21) and Irene Lang (D21) were also able to translate for some Mandarin-speaking seniors.

Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “For me, as ADO’s community service representative, the preparation for this bilingual presentation on a more technical dental topic was both a challenging and rewarding learning experience. Because I was unable to find one single volunteer with both the Cantonese language skills and the technical knowledge necessary to give the presentation, I needed the help of a team of people with separate, but necessary skills, to give the presentation. From collaborating heavily with Ping Zeng, a third year, on making the presentation, to having the powerpoint itself translated by 2 bilingual friends, to involving 3 separate bilingual D21s on giving the presentation, I had a humbling experience in working with a team to accomplish a goal that initially seemed deceptively simple.

Alexis Yip (D21), Sammie Huang (D21)

Successfully finishing the presentation was very rewarding, because despite some hiccups with language barriers, the seniors were extremely engaged with this presentation than they had been with previous oral health instruction presentations. We spent almost half an hour answering their individual questions. This presentation at the Golden Age Center was a humbling, and exciting experience to learn more about how we can sometimes bridge the gap between what community organizations request and what we can do. “

Tufts Community Day!

Smile Squad members once again participated at the yearly Tufts Community Day event held at the Medford campus on September 30th!

Thais Antunes (D20) reflects: “The weather this year was perfect. It was great to see the turnout as there were upwards of 3,000 people throughout the day. Families from the Medford, Somerville and surrounding areas enjoyed a day full of fall activities including pumpkin carving, painting, scavenger hunts and more. The day however was not complete until each child had a chance to interact with our puppets and use our toothbrushes to demonstrate how they brush their teeth at home. The children were eager to use our large colorful toothbrushes and enjoyed demonstrating their brushing techniques. One parent reflected, “if only my child was this eager to brush at home”. Our hope is that by going out to the community and participating at events like these, the children will learn more about the importance of oral hygiene and improve their habits at home. Children learn by exposure and experiences which is why our presence at events like these is so important. Our members did a phenomenal job teaching brushing and flossing techniques to the children. Some of our members reflected on their experience:”
Allie PentaD21 “I loved teaching the kids how to brush and seeing how excited they were to try it”
 Sophia HeitmillerD21 “We handed out hundreds of toothbrushes and it was great to make a positive impression on all those children”
   Mehtab Manji – D22 “It was amazing to see kids super excited to learn about brushing and flossing. Parents were also very excited and happy with the puppet learning”
   Alyssa Kotin – D21 “I had a great time seeing so many kids of all ages excited to learn more about their teeth”.
Olivia Capotorto- D21  “It was great seeing how excited the parents were watching the children practice brushing and flossing”

Support Oral Health Care for MassHealthMembers!

Please consider supporting the legislative efforts to extend periodontal service benefits to the adult MassHealth members. The ways you can advocate for this important legislation are outlined above! The funding is currently being considered as part of the final House of Representatives budget recommendations for the Commonwealth’s FY19 budget.

 

Bates Day 2018 Winners

On March 7th, TUSDM held their annual Bates-Andrews Research Day in celebration of George A. Bates and alumnus who taught both Tufts medical and dental students. Bates Day includes posters with students demonstrating their research projects and other commercial exhibitor displays. Check out the winners below!

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DC Bulletin Board: AAWD & ASDA

Happy March!!
Come by the 7th floor and check out American Association of Women Dentist (AAWD)‘s bulletin board by the student lounge in celebration of Women’s History Month! Check out fun photos and their upcoming events!

And don’t miss out on American Student Dental Association (ASDA)‘s bulletin board by the mailboxes!! They’ve posted fun photos from their previous events! Click their DC student page to find out about their goals, what they do, and your Tufts Representatives.

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!!

Recap: Annual Student Leadership Workshop–A Great Success!

On February 21st, Nancy Marks, Dept. of Public Health and Karen Alexander, Student Affairs, hosted the Annual Student Leadership Dinner and Training. With almost 50 leaders attending, evaluations deemed it “a great success”!

The workshop consisted of a series of group activities and discussions led by guest trainer from Tisch College, Mindy Nierenberg.  Mindy immediately made people feel comfortable and set a pace that allowed participants to relax after their long days in clinic and class.

The first exercise involved a self-assessment on communication preferences and styles. Students were able to gain insight on the way they approach situations and conflict in small group discussions, which were then brought together to the entire workshop.

“This was a nice opportunity to take a step back and realize how many aspects of leadership exist and the many different definitions of what a leader is. I throughly enjoyed myself and look forward to applying the discussed concepts to my day-to-day opportunities showcasing leadership,” Joseph Dudlek (D21) reflects.

After group discussions regarding several leadership topics, strategies, and difficulties, the students were able to work together in an active, team-building exercise. Students were randomly assigned into groups of 4-5 and asked to build a tower with limited supplies: tape, paper, a few cups and a paper plate. If that wasn’t hard enough there was another catch: They were only able to discuss a plan at the beginning and during the actual building of the tower no talking was allowed.  What broke the silence? Laughter– as groups endeavored to work together and build a five foot tower that would stand up to Nanc’s ‘huffing and puffing’ on it.

Vendita Correia (D20) states: “There is something special about people working together who span various racial, socioeconomic, and other socially constructed groups. In other circumstances these people would may not be grouped together and that is what was so awesome about this activity.”

Overall, the Student Leadership Dinner and Training demonstrated to many of our student leaders ways that they can improve their roles within their perspective organizations and through TUSDM as a whole. We look forward to next year’s workshop! (Pranali Vyas, reporting for Dental Central)

HDA: challenge yourself in Spanish to practice your bilingual skills!

Check out last weeks post and challenge in Spanish to practice your bilingual skills!

This past November 18th, members from Hispanic Dental Association had the opportunity to participate in the Health Education Fair, Latinos for Waltham.  The students provided oral health instructions to the participants and tips on how to maintain a healthy mouth. At the event 20 families in need from the Waltham community participated and were gifted Turkeys and other foods for the Thanksgiving festivities. Throughout the event the community members also had the opportunity to speak to an Immigration lawyer and a financial specialist to seek help and have their questions addressed. On behalf of the HDA Community Service Representatives we would like to give a special thanks to Christian Mendoza (D20) and Janelle Diaz (D20) for participating and making this event successful.

DC Bulletin Board Highlight: SNDA & Implant Club

Happy February!!
Come by the 7th floor and check out Student National Dental Association (SNDA)‘s bulletin board by the mailboxes. In celebration of Black History Month, SNDA is having many upcoming events that will also be announced on the board!

And don’t miss the Implant Club‘s bulletin board by the student lounge! They’ll be up there all through the month of February!

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!!

Bake Sale for Jumbo Hurricane Relief—Baked Goods Needed! 

We are the Jumbo Hurricane Relief — a small group of Tufts students and faculty from around the university who have joined together to raise funds for the Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. We have been fundraising through various events and bake sales, and have raised in more than $2,750.

We are trying to raise $15,000 by the end of the 2018 school year and are doing so through various events and bake sales. For the weekend of  (12/8-12/10), we are hoping to raise $2,500 through 5 bake sales and are in dire need of baked goods. If you could donate some baked goods, we would greatly appreciate your help!

You could sign up to bake below and contact Pietra Check (pietra.check@tufts.edu), who can arrange to pick up the goods in a central location on the Boston campus. Pietra will be on the Boston campus next Friday, 12/8.

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AAID 2017 Annual Conference

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) had their annual conference in San Diego, the weekend of October 13-16!

Andrew G. Lum (D19) reflects: “Attending the AAID annual conference was a wonderful opportunity that would not have been possible without the generous help of my mentors and the research department at Tufts. This conference had a more intimate feeling than other meetings I’ve attended in the past and as a result, I was able to hear many of the main podium speakers, and sit-in during some of the hands-on workshops. I highly encourage any interested students who are conducting implant related research to consider applying for the AAID student research grant since it gave me exposure to organized dentistry on a smaller platform and challenged me as as presenter to think critically alongside established clinician-researchers in implant dentistry.”