Category Archives: Updates

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 (, 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.”