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 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 “

Jacqueline Liu (D19) Reflects on Her Time at the Schweitzer Leadership Conference

“Having the opportunity to attend the 75th Albert Schwietzer leadership conference was such a privilege. I was surrounded by so many of today’s best and brightest health care professionals. I was struck by the passion, the determination and the drive that each of the presenters had. I am coming away from this conference with a refreshed idea of the kind of dental care provider I want to be, and more informed about the areas in health care that are in need of attention by all health care professionals today.

            The break out session that left the biggest impact on me was the presentation given by Dr. Abdulwaheed, DMD and alumni of TUSDM, which was titled: Adventures of a Healthcare Provider, from Dentist to Activist. Dr. Abdulwaheed is truly an inspiring and remarkable dentist and his passion for his patients is unwavering. He discussed the importance of being a part of your community—which is not limited to providing dental care. It includes going out and tabling at different community events, supporting local businesses, actually talking to the community to understand what their wants and needs are. In order to provide the highest quality of care, you must always keep in mind these 3 things: love your patients, protect your patients, and trust your instinct—do what you know and think is right. You must be able to understand the needs of your community, but also get to know who you are working with—their culture, values and beliefs. These key points that were discussed reminded me of how crucial it is remember the human side of dentistry; we are not just treating the oral cavity—we are providing care to a whole person.”

-Jacqueline Liu (D19)

D18s Volunteering at Josiah Quincy Elementary School

The D18 class spent time last week at the Smart Smiles pediatric clinic in the Josiah Quincy Elementary School painting and revamping the room. The pediatric clinic serves the students at the elementary school, providing an easy and convenient way for them to get dental care. D18 students painted all of the walls and the cabinets as well as created a ‘kids corner’ where the children can play and wait for their appointment. D18 Community Service Co Chair Lauren Gerkowicz had this to say:

“The Smart Smiles clinic in the Josiah Quincy Elementary School provides convenient dental care to the school children and serves as a pediatric rotation location for Tufts Dental students. The room was not in the best shape, so the D18 class wanted to revamp the space and create a more inviting and playful environment for the kids. It’s really important to our class to get involved in the local community and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to make a huge change to a clinic where hundreds of kids get dental treatment. Over 25 students in the D18 class participated in this room makeover and it was a huge success. I was thrilled to see how my class came together for this cause and worked incredibly hard to turn around the space in two days. The clinic looks great and it warms me to think that this change will improve the dental experience of the children at JQS.”

Student Organization Spotlight: Project Bridge

unnamedInterested in volunteering while putting your clinical dental skills to good use? Project Bridge gives TUSDM students the opportunity  to volunteer and provide direct dental care to at-risk  and homeless youth aged 14-24 at the Bridge Over Troubled Waters program. Since 1970, Bridge Over Troubled Waters has been dedicated to changing the  lives of runaway, homeless and high-risk youth, and TUSDM is so excited to be a part of this effort! If interest, contact co-director Courtney Schick (D16).

Pictured above from last Tuesday night’s Project Bridge Session: Lauren Gerkowiz (D18), Courtney Schick (D16), Olivia Rudnicki (D17), Katie Weber (D17), and Sonal Parikh (D17).

Call For Volunteers!

IB Biology students at Josiah Quincy need volunteers!Volunteers Needed!  Participate in an oral health education program for the children at ABCD Chinese Church Head Start (9 min walk from school)
Program includes:  assisted tooth brushing, teaching about brushing, story-telling and giving away toothbrushes.  
Dates:  Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7, Mondays at 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Please contact Risha De Leon at if interested.

HPSS Drive For the Troops Taking Place Now!

unnamed-3The Health Professional Scholarship students will be conducting their 6th annual Drive For the Troops from Monday, 11/09 – Wednesday, 11/25 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm) collecting donations to be sent to our young military members serving overseas during the holiday season. It will take place at the entrance to the Sackler cafeteria. Types of items donated in the past include DVDs, Magazines, Boston sports paraphernalia, t-shirts, sweat pants, snacks, games, playing cards  etc. but we would forward anything that is relatively light and would brighten up the day of a young sailor, soldier or airman away from home.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Rankin.

Micheline Moini (D18) and Sandy Lor (D19) Reflect on the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Conference



“On Saturday, October 24th, 2015, I attended a Leadership Conference on behalf of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  The day long event incorporated a number of lectures, including: Pipelines: How to Get More Underrepresented Minorities Into Healthcare/Medicine by Dr. John K. Su, M.D., M.P.H.; Adventures of a Healthcare Provider from Dentist to Activist by Dr. Abdullaibrahim Abdulwaheed B.S.ChE, D.M.D., M.B.A., A.B.G.D., M.A.G.D., F.A.A.H.D.; and Marketing Bootcamp: How to Share your Story, Gain Media Attention, and Reach Donors by Skye Schulte, M.S., M.P.H. Each lecture touched on an array of topics in the wide spectrum of leadership. The first lecture focused primarily on ways to get more minorities exposed to healthcare at various levels of education. The second lecture featured Dr. Abe discussing how he has been successful in the dental profession by primarily focusing on the community and the patient as a whole. The final lecture was a reflection to remember that dentists are also running a business, in addition to their clinical practice, and need to know how to market themselves properly. Ms. Schulte was able to delve into the marketing world and how to lure target populations to your company. I met a ton a great people at this conference and had the opportunity to learn more about the fellowship itself and its founder. I am grateful and appreciative to have been honored to attend this conference and look forward to be able to work with the program in the future.”     ~Micheline Moini (D18)

“The 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Conference Reflection was such a refreshing conference to attend. While in dental school, we are so busy constantly studying for exams or working on projects to beat deadlines, we often lose sight of why we began this dental journey.  Attending the conference helped remind me that after we graduate we will be leaders in our own practice and also in our communities. One of the speakers from the conference talked about his journey from being a poor dental student, to opening his own private dental practices, onto becoming involved with policy and advocating for his patients. He stressed that not only are you providing care, you also become a voice for your patients; and it is part of your duty to effect change and advocate for your patients’ needs through meeting with politicians. Another speaker reminded us that you don’t need to be a hero to make change. This idea resonated with me because often times I find myself questioning what I will realistically be able to do as a dentist and an active citizen to promote oral health in the community. I realized that I will have to take everything one step at a time. Every little thing we do individually will make a huge impact collectively. Being in a room with so many like-minded professionals with overwhelming positive energy influenced me to aim to be a more active member of my community and to always give back.”                                                           ~Sandy Lor (D19)

Get Your Tickets for Persian Culture Night!

FlyerHave plans for Nov 18th @ 7-9pm? Want yummy Persian food? Come to Persian Culture night!!

On behalf of Persian Association of Student Dentists and Dentists (PASDAD), we would like to cordially invite you and your guests to Persian Culture night! The event will be held on Wednesday evening from 7-9pm, November 18th in the Alumni Lounge on the 15th floor. We will be serving authentic Persian cuisine catered by Fiouna’s along with traditional Persian entertainment/dancing courtesy of Aftab dance group. Visit the event page for more information.

Dental Central Bulletin Board is going Global!

As an effort to highlight the wonderful volunteer work our TUSDM students do abroad, we will be dedicating the month of November as Global Connections Month! Stop by the Dental Central bulletin board on the 7th floor by Merritt Auditorium to Stephie’s Castera’s, D16 work!  Note: Board will feature a new trip each week so stop by often!

Want to highlight the great work of your student group or class on the Dental Central Bulletin Board? Check out the open months below!

Nov.: Global Connections
Jan.: D18 Class
Feb: AADMD (American Assoc. of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry)
March: AAWD (American Association of Women in Dentistry
April: Open
May: Open
June: Open

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