Category Archives: Updates

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!

Tisch Colleges’ fantastic speaker lineup for the spring semester!

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Tisch will be hosting its Distinguished Speaker Series events with former Chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile, former Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and interfaith leader Eboo Patel. Our Civic Life Lunch program and pop-up series will bring to campus Snapchat’s public policy guru Sofia Gross, professor and author of The Turnout Gap Bernard Fraga, Speaker of New York’s City Council Corey Johnson, Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders Cathy Leslie, documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, Boston’s Artist-in-Residence Steve Locke, and more. You can find additional information and relevant links for the spring programming below.

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Office of Academic Affairs Welcomes Brian Edgar!

Please join us in welcoming Brian Edgar to the Office of Academic Affairs. Brian has been our temporary Program Coordinator since this past May and has now joined our team as a permanent member. He will continue in his duties as our Program Coordinator and will manage the student schedules, room scheduling for the predoctoral curriculum and meetings. He will also continue to handle student swap requests and schedule concerns.

Originally from Louisville, KY, Brian graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, with a double major in Physics and Philosophy. He moved to Boston in 1999 and has worked in various IT, customer service, and academic positions since that time. In his free time he performs in community theater.

Brian’s office is located in the Academic Affairs Suite on the 15th floor, DHS-1512F.  Please stop by and say hell-o

Best regards,
Gerard Cedrone

Take a Moment to help Improve Hirsch!

The Hirsh Library is committed to helping you get the training you need to succeed! We invite all TUSDM faculty, staff, and students to please take a moment to tell us how we can better meet your learning needs. There are 5 questions, and we anticipate it taking less than 5 minutes to complete.

Learning Opportunities @ Hirsh Library Survey

All responses will only be used internally to improve our offerings. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please don’t hesitate to let us know at hhsl@tufts.edu.

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”