Category Archives: What’s New

NEW Dental Central TV screen on 7th floor lounge!

We have some exciting news so brace yourselves!

Remember that TV in the 7th floor student lounge that never seemed to be used? Dental Central has taken over! Now you can enjoy a rotating stream of photos, announcements, recaps, research, news, sports, weather, T updates, etc… Even fun YouTube videos so you don’t miss the latest viral cat clip! Just about anything you desire to fill in your fellow classmates with the latest updates. Dental Central has created a fun, tech-savvy way to engage everyone and unite the TUSDM community!

A HUGE shout out to Pouya Namiranian (D19) for his brilliant idea and for setting up the unit!!

To share what you want to see on the big screen, please email details to

Check out what our dental students think about the addition BELOW (:

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Yankee Dental Congress volunteer opportunity!

Interested in getting involved at Yankee Dental this year?

Tufts Dental LGBTQA is looking for volunteers to help staff the HIV Dental Work Group Booth at the upcoming 2017 Yankee Dental Congress! Each 2-3 hour shift (they qualify as OHP hours!) will have 2 Tufts dental students working alongside staff from the Boston Public Health Commission as well as fellow dental students from Harvard and BU.


Please be sure to include your full name, class, email and cell phone!

Spots filled up quick last year so sign up
soon! Read below for more information:

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Health & Wellness gathering highlights! Evanthia Vranas (D20)

Exams after exams there were many times where students felt overwhelmed and stressed, but a quick break with healthy snacks and some fluffy, adorable therapy dogs provided a time to unwind and hangout with fellow classmates. With help from Dr. Pastan, Sharon Snaggs, Health and Wellness class representatives, and the Health and Wellness Club, we were privileged with two of these therapeutic gatherings this past semester. Everyone who attended had a great time, and definitely be on the lookout for more of these events to come!

-Evanthia Vranas (D20)-


Student Professionalism and Ethics Association and Delta Sigma Delta are coloring the 7th floor hallway throughout the month of January! Check out their bulletin boards outside of Merritt by the mailboxes (SPEA) and outside the student lounge (DSD).

Interested in promoting your student organization? There are still some months available on both of the boards, so sign up HERE!

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Information Session

ASF is hosting an information session on Jan 10 at 7pm in CE classroom (15th fl).

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Founded in 1992, the Boston Chapter is the oldest of the Schweitzer program sites located across the U.S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas.  Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life– an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

The application period for the 2017-2018 cohort is soon and applications are due February 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Prospective Fellows should be prepared to partner with a local community agency and design a community service project that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population.  This project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served.

To find out more about the application process, and hear about current Fellows’ experiences, attend the information session on January 10 (Tues) at 7pm in TUSDM CE classroom (15th fl). Food will be served.

Volunteer Spots Open for Sharewood Clinic Today!

Volunteer spots open to help with the bi-weekly student-run Sharewood Dental Project!

TODAY, January 3rd

During these sessions, students meet with visitors from the local community to conduct oral health/ cancer screenings, demonstrate proper oral hygiene instructions, and help in referring out for further dental treatment. For tomorrow. We will meet at 5:15 PM by the cafe near the main entrance of the hospital (ABP) and head out together on the Orange Line to St. Paul’s Parish in Malden.

Bring Loupes and clinic appropriate attire (scrubs or business casual).

Students from all years are welcome to volunteer!

If you’re interested in joining us, please sign-up through this link:

Alpha Omega Spreads Holiday Cheer to Floating Hospital

Tufts Alpha Omega members and their handiwork

In preparation for the holidays, Alpha Omega (AO) members came together on November 30 in the spirit of the holidays to create handmade cards for the children at Tufts Medical Center.  The cards cards were delivered by AO to the 6th floor of the Floating Hospital to spread holiday cheer and lift the spirits of our young friends. AO looks forward to making this an annual event!

Check out AO’s Dental Central page for more details on the Tufts chapter of the international dental fraternity, and stay tuned to hear more about the community service activities that AO has in store!

HDA Clothing Drive for Rosie’s Place

Tufts Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) held their annual Clothing Drive for Rosie’s Place during the months of November and December 2016.

Rosie’s Place is a women’s shelter located ten minutes from Tufts School of Dental Medicine that has been helping women in the Boston area since 1974. In addition to providing two warm meals per day to homeless and low income women, it is an educational and resource center to empower women.

HDA is grateful for your help in making a great impact this Holiday season!

– Photos shared by Dr. Leopoldo Correa, HDA faculty advisor

D19 Community Service at Urban Edge Turkey Drive

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, for the second year in a row, some of the D19 class members: Sarah Barr, Jackie Liu, Abby Manzella, Arietta Rigopoulos, Justin Spiegelman, and Alex Stanco, had the opportunity to volunteer at Urban Edge’s annual Turkey drive! The organization helps families in need, especially through affordable housing in order to strengthen the communities and families.

This community service event is such a great way to give back to our community and provide oral health education to both adults and children. We played games with the children, who especially loved showing us how to brush the teeth of the monkey! The adults enjoyed playing jeopardy and wanted to answer all of the questions on the board! Many of the attendees also recognized us from last year, which was so touching because many of them asked us follow-up questions about oral hygiene and a lot of them inquired about coming to TUSDM for their dental needs. It really shows that being consistent and participating in community events, outside of the clinic or dental office, can make a huge impact in oral health care.

We had such an awesome time interacting with the community and we are also planning on working with Urban Edge again in August for the Back To School BBQ, where they will be handing out school supplies to the children in the community.

To learn more about D19 community service endeavors, contact Co-chairs Jackie Liu and Abby Manzella at

– Written by: Jackie Liu (D19)