The Opioid Project

When Nancy Marks is not busy at Tufts working on community service projects with the dental students, she is actively pursuing her love of art in ways to bring about positive change in the lives of those affected by the opioid epidemic.  Nanc’s most recent endeavor, “The Opioid Project” is a visual art and oral storytelling program for those affected by the opioid epidemic.

A link to the article that appeared in the August 12th Sunday edition of the Boston Globe is:

Check it out!

Lunch and Learn with Dr. Yu, Yau-Hua

Dean Huw F. Thomas’ 150th Anniversary Lunch and Learn Series presents:

Dr. Yu, Yau-Hua

“Women’s Health and Periodontitis”

Thursday, August 30th at 12pm

Rachel’s Amphitheater – 1414

 “Precision Medicine in oral health has yet to happen! In this presentation, Dr. Yu will overview her research path and focus on her recent NIH K23 award aiming at exploring genomic determinants of periodontal disease. Her study was primarily conducted in the Women’s Health Study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.”



Multicultural Fair!

If you found your stomachs growling last Tuesday, it might have been from the amazing smells of the array of foods being offered by members of a number of the cultural student groups on campus to welcome the incoming D22 class. Members of the Italian Club, SAMDA, ADO, PASDAD, NEHMDS, KADA, MEDS, LGBTA+, HDA, and SNDA dished out a variety of food ranging from banh mi to baklava in celebration of the cultural diversity at TUSDM. Many thanks to all those who participated joined in and to the Student Affairs office for organizing the annual outdoor multicultural fair!

D22 Speech-Writing and Presentation Support!

Are you a D22 Running for an Elected Position?
Attend a Speech-Writing and Presentation Support session!

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
4:30 – 5:30 PM

Open to D22s who are running for an elected position and want some pointers on speech writing and presentation. Special guests include TUSDM student leaders who have run for office.

Relaxed atmosphere.

Run by Nancy Marks, Community Service Coordinator.

Snacks! RSVP to

Dental Central Week 3 Trivia

Hop on Dental Central throughout the month of August to play weekly trivia!

Every Monday, the winner for the previous week’s trivia question will be announced and a new question for the week will be posted.

All answers can be found on Dental Central, so start exploring!

One lucky D22 will win a prize each week!

Week 2 Winner: Congratulations Laimarie Giselle Alas (D22)! (:

Please submit your answer to

This week’s question:  Find the question on the Dental Central Bulletin board (7th floor by the student lounge) ! (: 

HDA Volunteers with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Future

On June 19th, Mather Elementary School hosted Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Future mobile dental van. The Tufts Student Hispanic Dental Association mobile van featured two dental chairs for patients in the community.

Sandy Lopez (D20) reflects: “The dental chairs were used for conducting dental screenings and a waiting area where kids learned about oral health instructions and healthy habits. I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Martha Forero, Professor Dolan, Nancy Marks, and Lynne Cataldo for making this possible.”

AAPD at the Chinatown Stabilization Block Party!

On Saturday, August 11th members of TUSDM volunteered at the Chinatown Stabilization Block Party to provide oral health education to the Chinatown community. Five students including myself along with Dr. Forero represented both the Tufts AAPD Chapter and the Tufts Pediatric Clinic at the event.

Nika Darabi (D20) reflects: “While this was not my first time attending an event like this, it was my first time seeing such a great turnout despite the persistent rain all day. Due to the rain, the block party was moved inside but as soon as the doors opened, our table was rushed with children. They were so excited to brush the monkey, Dracula, and our stuffed lion’s teeth and to get their free sample of tooth brush and tooth paste. As the kids were practicing their brushing, we did our best to ask how they normally brush and then demonstrate a more effective technique to both them and their parents. Although there were some children who were scared of the toys and did not want to listen, there were many who were so interested that they returned to our table 3 and even 4 times. After the kids practiced brushing, they were given a dog sticker as a prize. For parents, we handed out broachers on how to best brush and floss to help their children achieve good oral hygiene. Overall, this event was truly one of the best events I have ever been to. It was such a great reminder to see how you can make educating kids and their parents on oral hygiene fun and interactive!”

Divya Suresh (D20) reflects: “All the kids ran straight to the booth when they saw all the toothbrushes and animals. They were very eager to show us how they brush and get their stickers and tooth brushes. Because most of the children had immigrant parents, some children and adults did not understand the importance of oral health. After discussing the importance of finding a dental home, proper nutrition, and attending re-care exams, the parents and children were visibly excited. They wanted to learn more about brushing techniques and how they could set up a dental home for their children. It really put a smile on my face when I saw how interested the kids were and how our efforts made a positive impact on their lives.”

Participants: Zach Kishbaugh D20, Katherine Ynsinare D21, Nika Darabi D20, Qian Lin D20, Divya Suresh D20, Leticia Cuellar D19

BULLETIN BOARD SPOTLIGHT: Student Affairs & Dental Central

Special welcome to the D22s! Swing by the 7th floor and check out the Student Affairs board by the mailboxes! Stop by throughout the month of August to learn more about the different student organizations available, upcoming events, and so much more!

And don’t miss the Dental Central bulletin board by the 7th floor lounge and learn about what the website has to offer: calendar, global service trip info, student orgs, new posts, social media page.

Sign-up for the 2018-2019 school year is open. Please see available dates HERE and sign up to show off your awesome student group to the TUSDM community!

Dental Central Week2 TRIVIA

Hop on Dental Central throughout the month of August to play weekly trivia!

Every Monday, the winner for the previous week’s trivia question will be announced and a new question for the week will be posted.

All answers can be found on Dental Central, so start exploring!

One lucky D22 will win a prize each week!

Week 1 Winner: Congratulations Aleksandra Jakobsze (D22)! (:

Please submit your answer to

This week’s question:  Which Student org serves to provide students with opportunities to learn more about disability policy, enhance general knowledge about the healthcare needs of children and adults with disabilities, give students opportunities to foster relationships with persons with special needs in the community, and so much more? 

Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.