Oral Health Promotion Reflections: Best of 2014

photoAs part of the Oral Health Promotion class taken by the 1st year dental students each spring, students must complete ten hours of community service and public health outreach. At the end of the semester, Professor Kathy Dolan asks the students to look back on their service in a one page reflection.  Dental Central is pleased to showcase some of Professor Dolan's favorites from the D17 class both as a resource for the D18 class and for your own viewing pleasure! Below are some selected quotes. Click the student's name to read the full text.

"I too plan to become highly involved in our university. I know then there will be countless opportunities to learn, achieve, and grow an understanding of what it takes to be the ultimate practitioner who can positively affect their community and truly enhance public oral health. " – Jordan Shapiro

"It was beyond rewarding to spend time at the clinic and also heartwarming to know that these children are being reached in a way that makes their early dental experiences positive and life changing." –  Meagan Bossie

"A Reflection on Time Spent Promoting Oral Health within the Community, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dental School"  –  Erik Skates

"After doing this small volunteer activity it brought it back into perspective. It has truly refreshed my drive and enthusiasm to become a dentist, solidifying that all the hard work will pay off and ultimately before I know it, I will be able to advocate oral health and help patients daily." –  Taylor Parent

Application for Honos Civicus Goes Live!


The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service are pleased to announce that they are accepting recommendations and applications for the Honos Civicus Society Class of 2015 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.

For information on how to apply and application timelines, please visit the Honos Civicus page. Application are due by midnight on February 20th.

To aid in the application process, Nancy Marks, TUSDM Community Service Learning Coordinator, will hold two optional workshops to help you develop your application.

  • Tuesday, January 27th from 12-1, Drop in at a table at Food for Thought
  •  Monday, February 9th from 12-1, Drop in at a table at Food for Thought.

Student Organization Spotlight: Tufts Aesthetics Club

shutterstock_63856075Dental Central is pleased to announce the addition of the Tufts Aesthetics Club to our student organization roster! The primary goal of the Aesthetics Club is to increase the knowledge base and exposure of its members to the diverse field of Aesthetic Dentistry. Check out their page, sent in to us from their secretary Janna Laverdiere (D17), to join up or just to get the scoop on all things aesthetics.


Smile Squad Heads to Brighton High School

imagejpeg_0This past week Smile Squad president Min Chao (D15) led Andrew Lum (D18) and several other students to Brighton High School to promote oral health and careers in dentistry. Thanks to the hard work of Poorna Phaltanker (D17) and the rest of the DC creative team, the Smile Squad was able to bring hand-made posters and games to make the event more interactive for the students.




If you or your student organization would like to get your hands on some of these posters or games, please contact Nancy Marks.

Thank You: HDA Donates to Rosie’s Place

photoThe HDA delivered four bags full of warm clothes and toiletries to Rosie's place, thanks to donations from TUSDM members!

Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women's shelter in the United States. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Today, Rosie's Place not only provides meal and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing, and education services.

Event Spotlight: HDA at the St. Patrick Church Health Fair

The Student Hispanic Dental Association, in collaboration with the Massachussets Hispanic Dental Association, participated at the St. Patrick Church Health Fair on Sunday, Decemeber 7. The organization provided screenings for 42 patients, as well as oral hygiene instruction!  Check out the gallery.

Event Spotlight: GLBTA Volunteers at the Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner

Members of the Tufts Dental GLBTA volunteered at the Boston Living Center's 2014 Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25, 2014.  The Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center (BLC) is a nonprofit community and resource center that fosters the wellness of all HIV positive people and responds to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community through education, treatment information and support services. 

Tufts GLBTA Pictured from left to right: Mitzi Liu (D15), Matthew Manzi (D16), Mark Gonthier (Executive Associate Dean), Bridget Mackey (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor), and Amit Sachdeo (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor).

Student Organization Spotlight: Academy of General Dentistry


We are excited to introduce one of the newest organizations at Tufts: The Academy of General (AGD) Dentistry Tufts Chapter!

The AGD Tufts Chapter in conjunction with the Academy of General Dentistry Massachusetts held their highly successful inaugural event: "General Dentistry: The Sky's The Limit" on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Merritt Auditorium.  

In what promises to be the first of many tri-school events for this Chapter, the presentation brought together speakers and well over 100 attendees from Tufts, Harvard as well as Boston University.  With an array of presentations on corporate dentistry, research, public health, private practice, women in dentistry, residency, organized dentistry and military dentistry, as well as serving a fantastic selection of hot food, it was a night not to be missed! Students had the opportunity to network with prominent individuals in the field of dentistry and leave with a plethora of new ideas and experiences to share with their peers. 

With grand plans underway for further informational and networking opportunities with the Academy of General Dentistry Tufts Chapter, be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled!

For more information please contact Amardeep Bains (amardeep.bains@tufts.edu) or Mandy Alamwala (mandeep.alamwala@tufts.edu).



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