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D17s and Postdocs–Apply to Honos Civicus!

2016 TUSDM Honus Civicus Inductees

Have you demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and civic engagement? The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service are accepting applications for the Honos Civicus Society Class of 2017 at TUSDM. Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating predoctoral and postdoctoral students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon TUSDM’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to active citizenship throughout their careers.

Applications Due Feb. 26th!

For more information and the online application:

Additional Questions? Contact Professor Kathryn Dolan or Nancy Marks, Dept. of Public Health, TUSDM

AADMD event: Reflection by Holly Fadie (D18)

The complexities of treating patients from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community are many, but thanks to a dynamic presentation from Dr. Amy Szarkowski, PhD members of the AADMD (American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry) Club are now armed with an abundance of knowledge and a few signs to help future patients succeed.

Over 30 members of the AADMD club attended an interactive presentation by Dr. Szarkowski on Tuesday, January 24th 2017 where she reflected on her experience at Gallaudet University, shared her knowledge of deaf culture and explored the role of health care providers in serving the Deaf and hard of hearing communities appropriately. Dr. Szarkowski is a psychologist with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and Cochlear Implant Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Students learned to sign greetings, dental terminology (“pain,” “open,” “dentist,” “medication”) and basic questions to engage patients that use ASL to communicate. Throughout the night they participated in a lively exchange of questions and comments about Deaf culture that will no doubt inform their future practice and patient care for the better.

Thank you Dr. Szarkowski and AADMD members for participating!

– Holly Fadie (D18)-

Please Help If you can!

On Tuesday, January 10th, one of our staff members, Jessica Peri, lost her home to an explosion and fire in her building. Unfortunately, she lost everything including all of her personal items and children’s belongings. In an effort to restore all that she has lost, our TUSDM family have been collecting donations on the first floor (with Kenniqua or Carvell) or at Dr. Mary Jane Hanlon’s office. It has been amazing to see so many people have stepped up to help Jessica out during this challenging time. To continue supporting her, there is a GoFundMe page to allow for an easy donation process. Every little effort counts, and it would be great to let Jessica know that we’re here for her and to present her family with everything they need to rebuild their life.
Please go to the link below if you can donate.
Thank you all (:

Post-doctoral Education Survey

Dear TUSDM Community,
You are invited to participate in a study being conducted at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine by Principal Investigator Dr. Britta Magnuson. This study aims to evaluate pre-doctoral students’ motivation to pursue post-doctoral education and eventually develop a career in Dental Public Health. We wish to obtain your input through a brief survey.
Your participation is voluntary and there are no foreseeable risks or personal benefits. There is no compensation for participation. No names or identifying information will be collected in this survey. Individual response will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed to any outside parties. You may choose to skip questions or stop participating at any time.
If you participate or do not participate, it will have no effect on your academic standing or your relationship with your professors. All data collected will be stored in a password protected computer. All data will be collected anonymously with no identifiable information collected. This study has been reviewed by the Tufts Medical Center/Tufts University Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The survey should take about approximately 10 minutes to complete.
If you have any comments or questions or concerns about the study, please contact the study PI Dr. Magnuson or Co-Investigators Isaac Hong, Dr. Soo-Woo Kim, and Dr. John Morgan (Please do not reply all).
Thank you in advance for your time,
Isaac Hong (D18)

Unique Opportunity to Take Part in This Weekend’s Women’s Summit

Every year, Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) puts on an engaging Women’s Summit at Yankee Dental Congress with a lineup of phenomenal speakers from the corporate world, MDS and the ADA! Thanks to Dean Hanlon and Dorrey Powers at MDS, the full-day Summit including lunch and reception on Saturday, January 28th is now available for students at half price, $49 when you use the promo code: 17WSUMMIT.

Don’t miss out on plenty of time to network with leaders in the field at lunch and the reception that follows!

“There will be a lot of really key women at the networking event after the Women’s Summit. It is amazing every year!” – Dean Mary Jane Hanlon

For more info on the Women’s Summit, please visit
Please contact Yankee Customer Service directly at (877) 515-9071 or send an email to Sangita Murali at if you need any assistance signing up for this unique opportunity – thank you.

Volunteer Teen Program Tutor Opportunity

The Castle Square Community Center is looking for a few volunteer tutors or work study students who would serve as Volunteer Tutors and Jennifer thought some dental students may be interested. The community center provides community programs to low-income families that reside in Castle Square in the South End. The Teen Program specifically focuses on providing academic help alongside building artistic and career-based skills.

The tutoring component of our program takes place between 2:30-4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. The program runs from 2/6/17-5/19/17. Please click on the images for an informative poster and detailed job description.

Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis until all time slots are filled. Interested candidates should contact CSTO’s Teen Program Coordinator, Madeline Muhlberg at

Smile, Share, and Care with ASDA

Tufts chapter ASDA Smile, Share, and Care program provides a regular opportunity for Tufts Dental students to stand out as leaders in the Chinatown community. With the collaboration of the Wang YMCA childcare center, our students are able to impact the lives of the children in a positive way. What to expect from us: We bring a fresh and exciting aspect of dental education to the preschoolers at Wang YMCA childcare center. We not only read to them, we also use interactive tools such as games, food, board games, and, the most fun part is, we get to wear tooth costumes and use puppets which the kids so love! I see this program as a two way system whereby the children at their tender age get a first hand education that teaches them how to care for their teeth and the students, likewise, learn to develop their interpersonal communication skills.

Written by: Soteji Adeuti (D19), Tufts ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Director


Every one of our student organizations have amazing ideas and events for this semester. However, many of the students couldn’t make it to the Student Group fair this year, and these opportunities are passed unnoticed! So please, advertise/ write posts of events & activities that will be coming up, and highlight them on Dental Central!

There are also a lot of D20s looking for community service hours for their OHP requirements. Post details of any volunteer opportunities your organization is participating in, and reach out to them again!!  They are the future of community service in your group (:

“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you.  Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it.  Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”                        -Albert Schweitzer


Women’s Health Awareness Discussion Group

The TUSDM Health and Wellness Club is thrilled to announce the beginning of a monthly Women’s Health Awareness Discussion Group!
It’s easy to get so caught up in the stresses of dental school that we forget how important it is to practice self love and care. It’s even easier to forget that we are not in this alone. Michelle Ostrovsky (D19) and Nada Mohamed (D19) have taken the initiative, with help from our club and Dr. Christina Pastan, to organize a discussion group for women who are seeking support, advice, and emotional relief.
The first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 31st, at 4:30PM in Room 773 of the dental school building. 

Please e-mail Gabriela Flores (D20) ( an RSVP, or confirm on the Facebook event ( so I may have an idea of how many women are attending.

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Sharewood Project Spotlight

The Sharewood Project is looking for volunteers for today’s clinic! Sign up HERE to take part and meet at the hospital lobby at 5:15pm.

Check out the freshly updated Sharewood Project Dental Central page for more details on how the Sharewood Project helps our community and how you can participate.