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Letter to the TUSDM Class of 2017 from Dr. Yun Saksena

Dear IS’17s and D’17s,

Congratulations for your graduation!  You’ve reached this huge milestone through hard work and determination!

  • You were the first class we had for book groups. Remember the lessons from Henrietta Lacks. Some of you were really shy back then. Being part of your professional development has been a privilege.
  • Many of you​ really stepped up to help your “littles” transition into clinic, going above and beyond, ​especially when the D’19​s needed help in the IDP 3 workshops doing exams on one another. TAs or not, you gave up your time and taught them something to make their lives easier. ​Thank you so much!

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Class of 2017 Senior Awards!

Class of 2017 Senior Awards!

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“The painful truth about teeth” (Article)

“You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth”

Dental care is being referred to as a visible reminder of the divide between rich and poor. As the distance between rich and poor grows in the United States, few consequences are so overlooked as the humiliating divide in dental care. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter. As dental/health care providers, it is disturbing and unfortunate that millions of people are resorting to charity clinics and hospital emergency rooms for last minute treatments of their painful and neglected teeth.

Be sure to follow the link and read more in depth of the article highlighting health disparities and dental care!

D20 Community Service Event at GBFB reflection by Gloria Enjuweh (D20)

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest leading hunger-relief agency in New England, providing over 57million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to haave enough to eat each year, feeding more than 140,000 people each month. On February 6, 2017, The D20 Community Service representatives were able to organize a class volunteer event to help organize and distribute food at the GBFB center.

Gloria Enjuweh (D20), who is one of the Community Service class representative reflects:
“It’s always satisfying seeing members of the D20 class working together towards a common goal. Being a part of this simple but rewarding mission has made me become even more sensitive to the needs of others. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) works passionately to end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts by providing neighbors in need with healthy food and resources. Their mission aligns itself with my beliefs; healthy food, healthy kids, and healthy communities. Its fulfilling to be a part of an organization that provides a service to those who need it the most.”

D20 Participants: Gloria Enjuweh, Robert Brookings, Sandy Lopez, Dena Shuster, David Michaels, Allan Mcquarrie, Mitchell Mcshane, Shivani Bhatt, Lindsey Gallagher, Matthew Y.Chan, and Mariana Barry. 

ASDA Smile, Share & Care D20 Reflections: Thais, Stefane, and Monica

American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Smile, Share and Care is a program where volunteers go to the YMCA daycare/ pre-K across the street from the Tufts Medical Center on most Monday afternoons. We usually read one or two stories to the children and then play with them with some interactive stuffed animals.  It’s a great way for us dental students to impress upon these little guys that dentists are cool people who want to take care of them.
We had 3 of our D20’s reflect on their experiences on May 1st and May 8th, 2017!

It was rewarding to head over to the YMCA and participate in the Smile, Share & Care event and teach the kids the importance of oral hygiene. Story time was an interactive way to teach the children more about oral hygiene and habits that will help them lead a healthier lifestyle. It was great to see their interest in story time and their excitement to have us there.

Thais Antunes (D20)

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Mattahunt Middle School Health fair | Maureen Favorito, RDH

Maureen Favorito, RDH is a public health dental hygienist with Smart Smiles. She participated in Mildered Ave Middle School Health Fair located in Mattapan, MA. She educated middle school students how to improve their oral health with various games, activities, and goodies!

“I was part of the Mattahunt Middle School Health Fair on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. All students in grades 6,7, and 8 attended the Health Fair. My assistant Vanessa helped me. We played Dental Jeopardy and Discussed Dental Careers. The 6th and 7th graders were very interested, but the 8th graders did not seem as interested. I think the students all learned some new dental information about, especially how often to brush and floss and which foods are not healthy for your teeth.”

Bulletin Board Spotlight: ASDA

April showers bring May flowers and American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Advocacy month! Please stop by our bulletin board and engage! Each paper flower and paper leaf has a special task inside – should you choose to accept it. All participants will be entered into a weekly raffle for a Starbucks gift card! Engage on social media or leave a comment in the envelope on the board with your name for a chance to enter the raffle! Good luck!