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Maureen Favorito, RDH at Mildred Ave Elementary School Health Fair

On November 16th Maureen Favorito, RDH, who is a member of the TUSDM’s community Dental Hygiene team, had participated at the Mildred Ave Elementary School Health Fair. She is also a member of Smart Smiles, a school-based oral health program that seeks to help prevent dental problems among Boston’s children and to identify, treat, or refer for treatment any student who has existing oral health problems. She and her assistant had Jeopardy games and tooth brushes! Maureen shares more about her experience:

“My assistant and I helped out at the Mildred Ave Elementary School Health Fair. We had a Dental Table and played a Dental Jeopardy game with students in grades K-5. The game was a little advanced for the age group, so we asked our own age appropriate questions regarding Dental Health and nutrition. The teachers gave the students the toothbrushes at the end of the day. I think the children all learned some new dental and nutrition tips.”

Year 1 in Review: A D19 Perspective for the Incoming Class

-By Benjamin Smith (D19)

10/03/2015 - Boston, Mass. - The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine celebrates the White Coat Ceremony for the Dental Class of 2019 at the Westin Copley Place hotel. (Bethany Versoy for Tufts University)

Wow, what a year! On behalf of the D19 class, I would first like to thank all of the faculty, staff, and administration at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) that worked with the D19 class this past year. You made our transition to dental school as seamless as possible and a truly inspiring experience. First year dental students face unique challenges regardless of their backgrounds, whether it be in didactic courses, clinical, hands on work, or personal matters. Whenever these challenges occur, it has been comforting to know we have outstanding professors, clinical instructors, deans and administration who are there to lead us in the right direction. As D19s, we have also learned that we are advancing through dental school collectively, elevated by our support for each other.

I would also like to welcome the D20s to TUSDM! We are thrilled to have you on board, and have already heard so many great things about your class. Soroush and Meghana will take great care of you. Know that our whole class will be there as mentors, colleagues, and friends. I hope we can provide you all with as much foresight as the upperclassmen did for us, to make your first year enjoyable and successful. Be proactive. Use us as a resource; we have been in your shoes just a short time ago. The D16s, D17s, and D18s have proven to be invaluable to us, and we appreciate their mentorship and friendship. We are anxious to do the same for you.

D20s, the first part of our journey, like others before us, began in Dental Anatomy with Dr. Falzone last August and ended with Immunology and Basic Human Pathology this summer. There is a reason she is “Mama Falzone;” she will take such great care of your class like she has done for all prior classes. You will realize that you are receiving your foundation for dentistry in the Dental Anatomy course from the very best. Before you know it, you will be taking more classes than you realized; Gross Anatomy, Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Operative Dentistry begin. You will learn the value of balance. At first, it may seem impossible to accomplish your duties in the Gross Anatomy lab, prepare and mount an articulator so you can produce a functional wax up of maxillary incisors and mandibular molars in proper occlusion, while simultaneously getting ready for your first operative practical, an occlusal prep on #30. And don’t forget, you have a nutrition project and a Biochem exam on lipids and amino acids (Do not forget about the amino acids!). Like us, you will realize that you can excel and experience a well-rounded, highly satisfying lifestyle in Boston, the greatest city in the world (Go Pats!).

In the midst of your fall course load, you will earn your white coat with your classmates. This day will emphasize the camaraderie you and your new friends have already created, and you will share this proudly with your families and loved ones. You will experience a vision of the light at the end of the tunnel when you put your arms through your fresh new coat, and take a photo with Dean Thomas. In a flash, we were celebrating the conclusion of our first semester and the holidays at Venu with all of our classmates.

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19 things to know first year from the D19 Class

  1. 129158999037795335.392.0.0.0.0.0Use Jumbo Cash at Food for Thought on the Sackler Library 4th floor for student discounts.
  2. Learn to love Boston Kitchen Pizza salads — they are nourishing, cheap, and don’t make you crash (same goes for the delicious hearty Pho at Pho Pasteur)!
  3. Have Irashai on speed dial! Lunch specials are all day as long as you have cash + they deliver for those late night library sessions.Messages Image(1684895981)
  4. There is an ice cream vending machine in the emergency room of the hospital for late night study snacks.

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AAPD Participates in Healthy Kids Day at Wang YMCA

On Saturday, April 30th the Wang YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day as a citywide event throughout Boston. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) members Rhea Reen (IS17), Ritu Kular (IS17), Alisha Anand (D18), Andy Collins (D18), Tuvy Phan (D18), Oliver Giron (D18), and Tabitha Lewis (D19) joined a number of other vendors to promote health awareness and healthy lifestyle maintenance for children. At the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine booth, the club members provided toothbrushes, Tom’s toothpaste, and OHI using the dental Jeopardy game and the ever trustworthy puppet to show brushing techniques.

As soon as the event started, the Tufts students realized that they were in for more than they expected. Zumba classes began promptly at 10 AM, with some of the AAPD members joining the children and parents in the exercise and fun. The rest of the event was followed with martial arts performances, cultural and hip hop dances, and a magic show. Continue reading AAPD Participates in Healthy Kids Day at Wang YMCA

SNDA at Whole Heart Club Health Conference

Last week, SNDA promoted oral health at the Whole Heart Club Health Conference in Mattapan. The overall goal of the conference was to educate and inform the surrounding community of heart health and wellness initiatives. While there, the SNDA members hosted a table and played oral health jeopardy with the community; allowing the game to diverge into deeper conversations about proper oral care and how they could book appointments at the dental school.  Event organizer Mikenah Vega (D18) reflected on the event:

  “Part of SNDA’s mission is to provide oral health services and education to minority populations due to the disparities in oral health seen across the country. The burrow of Mattapan in Boston is a predominately underserved black community that is great need of oral health initiatives. The Jubilee Christian Church is a major resource to the community and we were able to connect with and educate many people throughout the day. The partnerships we made with other organizations will allow us to better serve this population through being invited to more events. I have learned that serving this community is very important to me and to do that better I should improve my communication skills and learn how to give presentations alongside the individual conversations when we host tables.”

Funding Available through America’s ToothFairy

Americas_ToothFairy_LogoNational Children’s Oral Health Foundation is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for Greater Boston area professional and collegiate student clubs. The mini-grants will support student driven projects focused on increasing access to oral health education and improving oral health literacy for children and caregivers in Boston.

For more information, click here! Application deadline is December 1st, 2015.

Interested students should email Nancy Marks at nancy.marks@tufts.edu before applying

Opportunity to Submit Proposal And Attend Clinton Global Initiative University!

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 4.37.35 PMTufts is a member university of CGIU and collaborates with Tisch College. Students apply directly to CGI online with a “commitment to action”.  If you have a project, initiative, or idea, the first step is submitting a commitment to CGIU, which will then be reviewed. The commitment must be in one of these areas: education, environment, poverty alleviation, peace and human rights, or public health. If your commitment is accepted, you will be eligible for funding. Tisch College will be supporting and funding several projects and student opportunities to attend the annual meeting this year in Berkeley, CA. THE DUE DATE FOR THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS DECEMBER 1.

For questions, assistance with application preparation or more information, contact Mindy Nierenberg at mindy.nierenberg@tufts.edu. “