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AADMD at Special Olympics Special Smiles MA

On June 10, 2017, members of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) participated in Special Olympics Special Smiles MA. Almost 40 representatives from TUSDM provided the amazing athletes with oral screenings and OHI, mouth guards, and fluoride varnish. Athletes visited the Special Smiles stations in the hockey arena and enjoyed food and games outdoors in between their sporting events.

Gabrielle Lieberman (D19) shares her experience:

“I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics: Special Smiles through AADMD. It was an enriching experience. Alongside other dental students, I was involved with oral health screenings and recording any findings. It was an exciting and enjoyable day and it was such a privilege to work with the athletes. The look on the kids’ faces when they would explain to you either the sport they competed in or when showing off their medals they won was pure joy. Working and interacting with athletes with special needs was good practice in building interpersonal skills. The team effort amongst the dental students in working with the special needs population built a network that we can continue to develop throughout our careers.”

To learn more about this and many other community service opportunities that AADMD offers, join the Facebook group and e-mail lauren.trager@tufts.edu to be added to the e-mail list.

Publish Your Personal Statement!

Helen Yang, a recently graduated dentist, is working on a book to help pre-dental students apply for school. Her team is compiling a book filled with a selection of really strong dental school personal statements to help pre-docs with this crucial step of the dental school application. They would love to have a strong representation from Tufts.

Read on if you want to be published in this exciting project! The deadline to submit is Monday, June 19!

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Mass Mental Health Center reflection by Arietta Rigopoulos (D19)

On May 31, 2017, an oral health screening was held at Mass Mental Health Center. They provide comprehensive services to Department of Mental Health (DMH) eligible adults and adolescents such as, psychiatry service, dialectical behavioral therapy program, etc. Toothbrushes, toothpastes, and brochures were handed out to advocate good oral health.

Arietta Rigopoulos (D19) reflects,
“I, along with 4 of my classmates, Soteji Adeuti (D19), Lillian Lwanga (D19), Meghan Kelley (D19) and Iana Elledge (D19),
volunteered at the Mass Mental Health Fair on May 31. At this event we took turns sitting at our booth and answering questions about dental concerns for those that came by.  We recommended they get an oral health screening which consisted of an oral cancer screening, dental findings and our recommendations.  Several people came by the booth and were very excited to get a screening.  It seemed as if every person that came by our booth truly cared about their dental health and wanted to improve or maintain it.  By the end of the day we convinced a few people that were “embarrassed” to get a dental screening to not only get one but potentially become our future patients.  This was a great experience working with a different population of patients that we may encounter in clinic and especially now that we are entering clinic it was great exposure to put our skills to the test. We not only practiced our practical skills but our communication skills with a minority group, those with mental illnesses, and this continuous practice will only make us better clinicians in the long run!”

ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program

Monday, June 12th, information session for students and faculty for the ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP), from 12-1 p.m. in the 14th Floor CE Classroom.  The ADCFP is for students interested in exploring academic dentistry as a career.  Click HERE for more details.  Faculty who are interested in being mentors for this program should also attend.  Students looking for mentors for this program may be able to find one during this info session.  We can also help match people.

Students from all years in good standing are encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral students should obtain permission from their program directors first.

Applications are due July 7: Application Materials

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP.  Please email Dr. Saksena to do so, or if you have any questions.

Bulletin Board Spotlight: LGBTQA

Swing by the 7th floor and check out the colorful Tufts Dental LGBTQA bulletin board by the mailboxes! Stop by throughout the month of June to learn more about how you can make your practice more welcoming for your LGBQT patients, find out what upcoming events the group has planned, and grab a pin to show your pride.

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!

Vermont Special Olympics

Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) hosted “Special Olympics Special Smiles” this weekend, special thanks to the following represents on behalf of Tufts American Student Dental Association ASDA & TUSDM at Burlington Vermont to provide screening service to special needs athletes:

    • Kevin Campbell ’18
    • Meghan Powers ’18
    • Shayla Walker ’18
    • Spencer Nice ’18
    • David Kirsch ’18
    • Tiffany Ngo ’18
    • Avigya Shrestha ’18 
    • Annie Le ’18 
    • Alyssa Tarpy ’18 

This is an annual event recurring every spring for third-year students, if you are interested in volunteering, join next year!

Event Recap: AAWD Teams Up with Ursuline Academy to Promote Oral Health at the Women’s Lunch Place

On May 23rd, members from the American Association of Women Dentists at Tufts teamed up with high school students from Ursuline Academy and Maureen Favorito of Smart Smiles to promote oral health at the Women’s Lunch Place.

Annabelle, Lobna & Brooke’s Ursuline Academy Project

When we asked high school seniors Annabelle Garrity, Lobna Yussef, and Brooke Mercuri about their capstone project they told us: “Our school encourages students to do 110 hours of community service before we graduate. My classmates and I decided to set up health days for the Women’s Lunch Place. We brought in audiologists, optometrists and dentists for the women to see. The volunteers we brought in did screenings and checked for future possible complications. We had a great time getting to know and work with a great group of women and are grateful for this opportunity.”

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