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AAPD At Cradles to Crayons

imageLast week, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry visited Cradles to Crayons in Brighton. The goal of Cradles to Crayons is to provide children in need with quality items of clothing, school supplies and other everyday necessities. Group leader Tracy Tchintchin (D18) had this say about the event:

“From this experience I was reminded of several things. For example, when donating, donate quality items! Sometimes, when we are giving things away, the focus is on clearing out a closet or storage space. We must remember that every item will have a new owner. I also was reminded of the lives of many unfortunate children, and of the importance of giving. It was a great learning experience.

Attend the Schweitzer Leadership Conference: Scholarships available!

image002TUSDM’s Dept. of Public Health and the Dept. of Student Affairs are pleased to offer 6-8 scholarships for this exciting one-day conference!

The annual Schweitzer Leadership Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for established and emerging professionals with an interest in building healthier communities to learn from leaders who are shaping the way we thinktalk, and act when it comes to health equity, health care, social change, and public policy.

Schweitzer Leadership Conference in Boston.

. Topics for plenaries and breakout sessions include:

  • Innovative models of care for populations who are low-income or homeless
  • Collaborative care models for children with mental health care needs
  • Scaling up pilot programs to statewide health interventions
  • Skill-building sessions, such as group facilitation, story-telling, and creating an organizational culture of humility in service

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network in an intimate setting with experienced leaders, acclaimed innovators, and emerging professionals who share your interest in building healthier communities! Click here for more details.

When: October 24, 2015

Where: Marriott Courtyard Hotel,  275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm   Breakfast & Registration begins at 8am

To Apply for a scholarship: Please send your name, class year and a TWO PARAGRAPH letter of interest to nancy.marks@tufts.edu by FRIDAY, Oct 2. Please include:

  1. Why you want to attend the conference
  2. In what ways do you see giving back to the TUSDM community

For Students, Faculty and Staff: Sign up for the Intimacy of Memory Workshop

Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 7.50.30 PMThe Tufts University Chaplaincy invites all students, faculty, and staff to join Nancy Marks at the Intimacy of Memory Workshop on Friday October 2nd from 2-7:30pm at the Tufts Interfaith Center. Click here for more details.

D18 Oral Health Promotion Newsletter by Alec Eidelman

D18 photoIf you catch a first year dental student outside of the gross anatomy lab, inside the simulation clinic, or enduring late nights in the library you may be surprised to hear the enthusiasm they have for the profession that awaits them. The long hours spent studying fundamental sciences seem shorter knowing it will provide valuable confidence during patient care. However, no textbook can truly replicate patient interaction. “For almost a year now, my head has been deep in books, powerpoints, and a typodont’s plastic mouth and devoid of real human experience. Seeing patients today reminded me that I am working towards being able to treat patients like that myself” (C. Johnston). The Oral Health Promotion course taken this spring provided a context for students to realize this eagerness through meaningful interactions at community centered service programs. Continue reading D18 Oral Health Promotion Newsletter by Alec Eidelman

The Hispanic Dental Association Travels to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Last week, the HDA traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with around 20 undergraduate dental students and 5 faculty to provide free dental services for the underserved population. Through a collaborative partnership with Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, a private dental school there, they were able to use their facilities which is equipped with around 40 dental chairs and sterilization unit. The patients they saw were pre-screened by the students at school and were transported from within and outside the capital city to come for services, all through a non-profit organization Vida y Esperanza Fundación. This year HDA members did a number of restorative, preventative, and surgical treatments for both pediatric and adult patients, in addition to treatment and diagnosis. Trip coordinator Avanthi Tiruvadi (D16) was able to reflect on the last week’s trip:

“The experience was rewarding for all students involved. Teamwork, service, and culture are important themes that I thought this GSL Trip had. Teamwork was a key role in the cohesiveness of each day in terms of efficiency and skill building. This aspect brought all students together and exemplified the importance of open communication and our strengths when working well together. The services we provided to the community showed us as students the impact we are able to make in people’s lives. One seemingly mundane filling on a front tooth done by one of students, free of charge, may have changed a patient’s life in addition to their oral health. The gratitude of the community we served was humbling and is something each student will remember for the rest of their careers. Lastly, cultural exposure was a unique experience. It provided students with the opportunity to be immersed in a rich and vibrant environment and, for some, in a different language than their own. It was wonderful to see some students learn basic Spanish and utilize it with their patients in such a short amount of time. The faculty were also key to the learning process. They provided insight into how to handle triage and diagnosing with minimal tools.”

Interested in joining the HDA on their Global Service Learning trip next year? Check out the newly launched Global Connections page at Dental Central and read more about trips to the Dominican Republic and Zambia.

D18s at Urban Edge Extravaganza

This past week, a group of D18s lead by Lauren Gerkowicz (D18) provided oral health instructions, handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste, and played dental-related games at the Urban Edge Extravaganza in Roxbury. The event was set up to distribute backpacks and school supplies to children in the area. Lauren had this to say about the event:

“This was a wonderful event because aside from the school supplies that were handed out, Tufts Dental was the only other organization represented. We were able to get the attention of all the families that came through and that allowed for us to make the biggest impact. The children and parents enjoyed and interacted with the display at our table and everyone benefited from the tooth brushes and paste we handed out!”

We asked…You suggested…We’re improving: Leader and Student Survey Take-Aways

3Almost 200 students and organizational leaders responded to Dental Central’s surveys! We’d like to thank all of you for your participation!
Here’s what you said:
  • Leaders said they are not posting to Dental Central because they do not have a specified person who can update the page. Group members also prefer email or Facebook over Dental Central.
  • Many students thought that information needs to be updated more often, or that student leaders need to use Dental Central more to post all their events up. Some suggested that all sign-ups for events be through Dental Central. Students also suggested there be “an easier way to find out how to join the organizations that are having the events.”
  • Many people said they would like navigation to be easier. Students also suggested having a mobile app that could sync with the calendar.
  • Many students suggested that we keep weekly emails, but include more information regarding an email and send the emails out earlier so students get a chance to sign up.
Here’s the way we are growing and improving:
  • We will be training leaders of each organization on how they can post their own events on DC in order to help their organization members to sign up for events in an efficient and timely manner.
  • We request all organization leaders to update their list of E-board members so students know who they can contact/
  • We are working on getting a DC mobile app and DC Facebook page up for the next school year.
  • We will also look for ways to improve weekly emails sent out by Nancy Marks.
Through these changes, we hope to optimize Dental Central to your needs!
Also, congrats to the winners for the survey participant raffle draw!”
1)      Leader Survey: Khushbu Patel (D16)
2)      Student Survey: Tommy Bond (D17)

Event Highlight: HDA Dominican Republic Trip

DR2In honor of the HDA heading to the Dominican Republic later this week for their annual global service learning trip, check out some photos from last year’s trip over at the recently-launched Global Connections page! There you will find some pictures and information about the trip. While you’re over there, check out our page on the Zambia trip as well!

Think you’d be interested in going next year? Contact trip coordinator Micheal Liu or join up with the HDA to learn more!

Reminder: Student Activities Fair on 9/17!

SMILE SQUAD 2The Student Activities Fair will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 12:00-1:00pm in the Alumni Lounge and 15th Floor corridor.

Want to get a sneak peek at some of the student groups that will be represented? Head over to the Student Groups page at Dental Central to get a head start!