Category Archives: What’s New

“How the MA Attorney General’s office is working to end the opioid epidemic”

The Tufts University School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health and Community Medicine invites you to a seminar series on “How the MA Attorney General’s office is working to end the opioid epidemic”. We’re privileged to have the attorney general, Maura Healey, JD come in to speak at the Tufts Medical center on February 9th from 12:00-1:00PM. This will be a great event for dental students, for we too have a critical role in addressing the opioid crisis. Attached are flyers advertising this event and the location!

Sangita Murali, D18 Reflects on the Women’s Summit at Yankee!

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, dentists, dental office managers and students from Tufts, UNE and BU gathered together for an engaging Women’s Summit at Yankee Dental Congress.

Dr. Kendra Remington opened up the meeting by introducing an entertaining, dynamic duo Kimberly Miles, founder of Miles in Heels Productions, and Victoria Nessen, President of NKA Marketing. Kimberley and Victoria got us out of our seats and applying effective networking strategies they shared with us on topics ranging from how to recognize and eradicate ‘verbal gremlin’s,’ how to make others feel comfortable, how to make yourself memorable, and how to insert (or politely excuse!) yourself from a conversation. All topics were compelling and applicable!  Continue reading Sangita Murali, D18 Reflects on the Women’s Summit at Yankee!

Focus Group Study

Dear TUSDM D’17 and D’18 Students,

We are conducting a research project at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) assessing the effects on patient understanding of oral health care when using an educational booklet in the TUSDM clinics. For this phase of the study, we are conducting focus groups with TUSDM patients and student providers to gain insight on their opinions about how the booklet looks, whether it is easy to read, and if you think it would be useful to you as a provider. We are  writing to ask for your input because of your experience working in the Tufts pre-doctoral clinic and communicating with patients.

Your opinion and feedback on our booklet will help us test the effectiveness and refine it for the next phase of our study where it will be used to evaluate patient understanding of the booklet when used in the TUSDM undergrad clinic. The focus group will take place on site at TUSDM in a private room, and space is limited to 9 participants. The focus group will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. We will be audio recording the discussion for later review and analysis.

The focus group will take place at TUSDM on February 3rd at 430-6pm. If you complete the focus group, you will receive a $15.00 gift card to Target or Shaw’s/Star Market at the end of the session. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, contact co-Investigator Tuvy Phan.

Thank you in advance for your time,

Natalie Hagel, RDH, MS and Tuvy Phan, D18

Give Kids A Smile Day Auction

Dear TUSDM Community,

On behalf of the Fundraising Committee for Give Kids A Smile Day event at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine which is taking place February 4th on campus, we are proud to auction off a donated baseball from the Boston Red Sox.

The donated ball up for auction is autographed by ROBBIE ROSS, relief pitcher for the Red Sox. It will be up for silent auction until February 1st and will close at 5 pm.

E-mail Micheline Moini with your highest bid and cross your fingers that you are the lucky highest bidder! The highest bidder will be the winner and will be notified via e-mail. Arrangements to collect payment and receive the ball will be made for February 2nd.

If you don’t win, but still wish to make a donation of any amount, please feel free and send me an e-mail so I can get it in on time! All proceeds from this silent auction will go towards Give Kids A Smile Day being hosted at TUSDM.

Forms of payment accepted are check/cash/cashier’s check/venmo. Checks must be made out to: “Trustees of Tufts College” and include in the memo: “Pediatric Department- Give Kids A Smile Day”

Our event is on the Tufts website or “LIKE” our official facebook page and/or check out ADA’s official GKAS

Be a Voice not an Echo |Women’s March 2017|

On January 21, over 5 million people worldwide marched, spoke out and made their voices heard.  Many from the TUSDM community took to the streets in Boston and Washington DC on this historic day.

Here’s some of what they saw:

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*Thank you everyone who submitted/shared their photos!!

Dietetic Interns Reflect on their time at JQS

On Friday, Tufts Medical Center dietetic interns Kathryn Wilson and Sophia Ding, who are currently completing a rotation at TUSDM as part of their training, spent the day in JQES’ kindergarten classrooms giving lessons on nutrition. The lessons focused on nutrition for overall health, but also tied in elements of how nutrition affects oral health. They began the lessons by reading a story about the food groups: fruit, vegetables, dairy, protein and grains, which emphasized the importance of eating a varied diet, composed of foods from all the food groups. The students loved participating by acting out the characters in the book!

Continue reading Dietetic Interns Reflect on their time at JQS

Hispanic Dental Association Wins Second Place in Colgate’s Nuestros Niños Contest

Written by: Elizabeth Betances (D18)

The Hispanic Dental Association launched Nuestros Niños, a Colgate-sponsored contest through Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) Chapters to address oral health care issues with Hispanic children under 6 years old. Students are to develop a creative program, tool or educational instrument based that educates on the importance of dental care, good oral hygiene habits and dietary advice. Mothers of the children are to be involved in the testing and refinement of the program. This nationally held competition allows for one submission per chapter.

Designing this tool consisted of evaluating what barriers Hispanic families are facing to finding dental care for their children, develop a tool that would assist in overcoming that barrier, and then testing the prototype in the community. Tufts HDA team developed “Sonrisas Sanas Son Salud,” a fun and colorful comic strip that educates parents and children on brushing and flossing habits, nutrition, dental visits, fluoride use, and the importance of parental supervision in home care. On the back of the comic strip is a 6-month calendar with space for parents to check off daily brushing and flossing, that will ultimately be revised by the child’s dentist. The tool is a fun visual aid that emphasizes proper oral hygiene, home care compliance, parental involvement, and the development of a dental home.

Continue reading Hispanic Dental Association Wins Second Place in Colgate’s Nuestros Niños Contest

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 (: