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Global Service Spotlight: Cristina Penn (D16) Reflects on her Trip to China

“This past September, I embarked on a 10-day trip to Suqian, China to provide humanitarian aid in the form of dental treatment to underserved residents in the area. A total of 19 participants including dentists, hygienists and nurses participated in the trip. We were able to provide services such as prophylaxis, scaling and root planing, extractions, restorative work and endodontics to the hundreds of patients that came to the dental clinic. Many of these patients were in their 60’s or 70’s and had never had a dental cleaning before. We also spent a large amount of our efforts teaching the locals and community dentists and other influential people about the importance of oral health. Dr. Yin Hsu IS’93 and I gave presentations to local schoolteachers as well as government officials. This was especially important because we felt that in the short time that we were there, we could only treat so many patients. However, by increasing the general understanding about prevention and regular recare, we felt that our impact would be the greatest. After a week of hard work, we flew to Guilin, China to tour the picturesque mountains and took a boat tour down the Li River. We ended our trip in the mountainside rice terraces of Longji, where we got to experience the beauty of the Chinese countryside.”

– Christina Penn (D16)
Interested in learning more about TUSDM students volunteering abroad? Check out the Dental Central Global Connections tab!

Call For Volunteers: ISPG/H Flu Clinic

IB Biology students at Josiah Quincy need volunteers!Ravali Mukthineni, a student at Tufts University working with ISPG/H (Immigrant Services Providers Group/Health) through Tufts University’s Tisch College is looking for 2-4 TUSDM volunteers! ISPG/H is holding it’s annual flu clinic/health fair focused on outreach to uninsured immigrants. The health fair/flu clinic will be on November 7 from 10:00 AM – 2:00. 
Volunteers can either cover event from 10:00-2:00 or 10:00-12:00. Educational Materials and toothbrushes will be provided for you to give out. The goal for the flu clinic is to reach out to as many uninsured Somerville residents as possible and to provide people with access to basic health tests, health information, and the opportunity to begin the process of becoming insured.
If interested, please contact Nancy Marks.

Introducing the Dental Central TUSDM Social Wall

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 7.38.26 PMAs you may have noticed, there is a new addition to the Dental Central sidebar – the TUSDM Social Wall. There you will find images from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter highlighting events going on around the school. Currently, you can check out the D19 Fall BBQ and white coat ceremony!

Interested in having your images show up on the TUSDM social wall? Hashtag your TUSDM-related pictures with #TUSDM and #dentalcentral for them to be posted. If your community service or student organization group has its own hashtag, email it to us at and we’ll add your hashtagged photos to the feed!

Josiah Quincy Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Sweet aroma of pumpkin spice bagels, Chinese sweet rolls and dark roast coffee filled the air of Josiah Quincy Elementary School’s Library on Sept. 28th. The occasion was the Annual Appreciation Breakfast for the JQ school teachers and staff given by TUSDM Dept. of Public Health and Community Service. TUSDM has a portable dental clinic on 3rd floor of JQ school where Dental students, AEGD Residents, dental hygiene students and faculty and staff of TUSDM provide dental care to the children of JQ elementary school. The dental clinic at the JQ school provides preventive and restorative dental services to patients with high risk for dental disease and patients with physical and intellectual disabilities. The clinic also provides collaborative learning experience to Pediatric medicine Residents and dental school students. The complex operation at the JQ school based Dental clinic is successful due to a lot of cooperation from the teachers and staff of the JQ elementary school. So, this time of year we thank them with sumptuous breakfast and a GOODY Bag with oral hygiene supplies!!

– Dr. Tarunjeet Pabla

TUSDM Students to Attend the Schweitzer Leadership Conference

unnamed-1The 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.

Thanks to scholarships provided offered by the Dept.’s of Student Affairs and Public Health, five student leaders will be attending Schweitzer’s Leadership Conference on Oct. 24 free of charge.  Keep an eye out for their reflections at the end of the month!

Here’s a snap shot of some of their community service work at TUSDM!

  • Anna Bak, D17 and Asian Dental Organization, Delta Sigma Delta and AAPD
  • Jackie Liu, D19 and Community Service Co-Chair Class of 2019
  • Sandy Lor, D18 and AAWD Community Service Chair, and global service learning
  • Micheline Moini, D18 and active in AAWD and AO
  • Mijung Myung, D18 and global service learning

TUSDM at the Oral Cancer Walk For Awareness (SNDA, ADO, D18s)

TUSDM was well represented at last weekend’s Oral Cancer Walk For Awareness with members from the Student National Dental Association (SNDA), the Asian Dental Organization (ADO), and the D18 Class all participating for a noble cause. All in all, over 30 Tufts Dental students and faculty participated.

D18 Community Service Chair Kimberly Meyers (D18) had this to share:

“The OCF Run/Walk for awareness was a really nice event. It balanced fun warm-ups and free food with the painful and emotional stories of oral cancer survivors.
Participating in this event has deepened my understanding of what it means to live through an oral cancer diagnosis and has reinforced what I’ve learned in class about the importance of preventative screening.”

SNDA historian Aquilla Sprewell (D17) also reflected on the event:

“The Oral Cancer Walk was a great experience. We accomplished our fundraising goal which was a big deal for us. Before the walk oral cancer survivors gave a speech which was very touching to hear. This is defiantly something that I will be interested in doing again next year.”

Check out pictures from the various groups in the gallery above!

Krysten Herrero Reflects on Her Global Service Trip to Ecuador

“My name is Krysten Herrero but most people call me Kiki. I am a second year dental student at Tufts University. Prior to starting dental school, I knew I wanted to be a part of something where I could give back to an underserved population that otherwise would not have access to health care. I found out about an organization called Mindo Futures Medical Mission, which travels to Mindo, Ecuador, once a year to provide medical services to the people of the town and the surrounding areas. Choosing to become a part of this organization changed my life. On my first mission, I wasn’t sure what to expect and as a pre-dental student I was assigned to assist one of the dentist’s in the clinic. While assisting I learned about many things, which really gave me an edge in the classroom and pre-clinical settings. I was also able to experience first-hand what it truly means to be a dentist: changing lives one person at a time by giving them a new front tooth or by easing a pain that they have had for years by doing a filling or an extraction. It was in Ecuador where I was able to validate my calling to become a dentist. It has been 4 years since I first went on this trip and I have been back each year since. I have established relationships with the people of the town and I soon hope to be able to call them my patients. This past summer I went on my 4th trip and as a current dental student, the dentists I have been working under for the past few years trusted me to do some of the less invasive procedures such as exams and prophylaxis treatments. By doing so, I have gained confidence in my abilities to treat people and also learned some of the bed side manner that can only be learned by experience. I am looking forward to returning to Ecuador and being able to put in to practice all of the skills and knowledge I have acquired at Tufts and helping those people who unknowingly have changed my life.”

– Krysten Herrero, D18

Interested in learning more about TUSDM students and their global service learning trips? Check out the Global Connections tab!