Category Archives: What’s New

Student Organization Spotlight: Project Bridge

unnamedInterested in volunteering while putting your clinical dental skills to good use? Project Bridge gives TUSDM students the opportunity  to volunteer and provide direct dental care to at-risk  and homeless youth aged 14-24 at the Bridge Over Troubled Waters program. Since 1970, Bridge Over Troubled Waters has been dedicated to changing the  lives of runaway, homeless and high-risk youth, and TUSDM is so excited to be a part of this effort! If interest, contact co-director Courtney Schick (D16).

Pictured above from last Tuesday night’s Project Bridge Session: Lauren Gerkowiz (D18), Courtney Schick (D16), Olivia Rudnicki (D17), Katie Weber (D17), and Sonal Parikh (D17).

Call For Volunteers!

IB Biology students at Josiah Quincy need volunteers!Volunteers Needed!  Participate in an oral health education program for the children at ABCD Chinese Church Head Start (9 min walk from school)
Program includes:  assisted tooth brushing, teaching about brushing, story-telling and giving away toothbrushes.  
Dates:  Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7, Mondays at 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Please contact Risha De Leon at if interested.

HPSS Drive For the Troops Taking Place Now!

unnamed-3The Health Professional Scholarship students will be conducting their 6th annual Drive For the Troops from Monday, 11/09 – Wednesday, 11/25 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm) collecting donations to be sent to our young military members serving overseas during the holiday season. It will take place at the entrance to the Sackler cafeteria. Types of items donated in the past include DVDs, Magazines, Boston sports paraphernalia, t-shirts, sweat pants, snacks, games, playing cards  etc. but we would forward anything that is relatively light and would brighten up the day of a young sailor, soldier or airman away from home.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Rankin.

Get Your Tickets for Persian Culture Night!

FlyerHave plans for Nov 18th @ 7-9pm? Want yummy Persian food? Come to Persian Culture night!!

On behalf of Persian Association of Student Dentists and Dentists (PASDAD), we would like to cordially invite you and your guests to Persian Culture night! The event will be held on Wednesday evening from 7-9pm, November 18th in the Alumni Lounge on the 15th floor. We will be serving authentic Persian cuisine catered by Fiouna’s along with traditional Persian entertainment/dancing courtesy of Aftab dance group. Visit the event page for more information.

Dental Central Bulletin Board is going Global!

As an effort to highlight the wonderful volunteer work our TUSDM students do abroad, we will be dedicating the month of November as Global Connections Month! Stop by the Dental Central bulletin board on the 7th floor by Merritt Auditorium to Stephie’s Castera’s, D16 work!  Note: Board will feature a new trip each week so stop by often!

Want to highlight the great work of your student group or class on the Dental Central Bulletin Board? Check out the open months below!

Nov.: Global Connections
Jan.: D18 Class
Feb: AADMD (American Assoc. of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry)
March: AAWD (American Association of Women in Dentistry
April: Open
May: Open
June: Open

Dental Central Raffles! Click, Snap, Post, Tag!

1Like last year, Dental Central is once again running running 3 raffles to be pulled in mid-December
1. Every time (once per day!) you post photos to the social wall on DC (#TUSDM or #DentalCentral), your name will be entered to win a gift card!
2. Every time you submit event documentation, your name will be entered to win a gift card!
3. Every time you submit a post, reflection or event, your name will be entered to win a gift card!
Start posting today and win big!


Student Leadership Dinner and Training a Great Success!


Twenty-five student leaders spent a fast and fun two hours talking and thinking through the many aspects of what it means to be a leader with Mindy Nierenberg (from Tufts’ Tisch College) and Nancy Marks. While munching on a dinner of chicken parmesan and pesto tortellini, folks dialogued in pairs and then as a group, about how to be an effective leader using verbal and non-verbal skills. Students were asked to think about leadership both as student leaders at TUSDM and in the future as a dentist.

The group was then divided into teams of 5 and given the same materials—4 cups, a bowl, 7 sticks, tape and two rolls of paper. The assignment was to spend five minutes planning how you would build a 5-foot tower. After the planning time, groups were given 5 minutes to build it… with the building done in silence. The room went from a cacophony of noise to a room so quiet all you could hear was tape bring ripped to laughter when time was called. Participants were asked to reflect on what happened as a group, as well as their own participation in terms of when they ‘led’ and when they ‘followed’.

Some participant quotes:

  • “The leadership workshop was a fun and collaborative experience that demonstrated diverse leadership strategies including the importance of both verbal and nonverbal communication techniques that are beneficial in effectively managing teams and groups of people in many situations we may face as students, clinicians, and members of the community.” – Ben
  • “The activities at the leadership dinner allowed me to measure the strength of my voice as a leader and it also showed me areas that I could improve on.” – Tracy
  • “This training reminded me that learning to be a leader is a continual process, and I will likely never feel I have finished.” – Courtney
  • “The leadership dinner/training was a great way for me to realize other ways in which leadership can be gained. I learned through one exercise that sometimes non-verbal communication needs to be done in order to reach an overall positive outcome. Mindy Nierenberg offered great advice that leadership can be created and developed over time as opposed to “being born a leader.” – Micheline
  • “This was one of the best leadership trainings I’ve ever been to. It was a lot of fun and helpful at the same time. I love that it was so interactive instead of just a presentation.” – Aekta
  • “I learned that being a leader mean being a good listener and having good judgment when it comes to compromising. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you listen to each other and work together.” – Sandy
  • “Teamwork is the foundation for success!” – John
  • “Regardless of our backgrounds, we are still a part of one community. As such, we can set aside  our differences and work in harmony towards improving that community. – Hammad
  • “I came to better understand that a leader does not need to always be the loudest and most outspoken in the room, but rather someone that can make those around them better without them being aware.”          – Ramin
  • “It was a refreshing experience and I enjoyed Mindy’s facilitation of both the discussions and activities. I came away with a new view on how to work in a group/team setting. I learned that regardless of what leadership styles are present in a group their success is based on how you as an individual communicates with them and how the team will utilize everyone’s strengths.”  – Jackie