We just got a great photo sent in by the Asian Dental Organization (Formely Asian Dental Student Alliance) from their recent volunteer outing to the Vietnamese Autumn Moon Festival in Dorchester this past week. If you haven't checked out the ADO page, head on over and see what they have to offer!
Over the summer, members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) at Tufts spent a night raising funds and awareness for cancer research through Relay For Life. AAWD member Meera Sahni (D16) summed up her eye-opening experience in a great reflection sent in to Dental Central.
"As I walked into clinic the following week, I thought about how easy it is to get wrapped up in the steps that you have to follow. The rapidity at which you can forget the significance of a patient’s medical history on their outlook and mindset when they leave your operatory is astonishing. We are encouraged from day one of our training to “treat the person” but attending Relay for Life has taught me that practicing this philosophy and understanding it are two different things. "
TUSDM’s new web-based portal in support of civic engagement and community service learning is launched! Visit About and find out how Dental Central came into being…Check out Student Organizations and see the depth and breadth of those doing community service work at TUSDM…Or go to Resources and see where to get toothbrushes and supplies for your next event and view the new PHCS online event documentation form — so much easier to use than the old paper forms!
But what's really cool is how easy it is to Be in the Know about where and how to get involved in community events. Interested in joining up with Smile Squad later this month at the Oak Street Fair? Or maybe hanging out with Sharewood Clinic in Malden on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is more of your thing. Or maybe you're looking for something outside of the box, like networking with Vanessa Kirsch and Alan Khazei as part of a Tisch College-sponsored Social Impact Network event. Whatever you're looking for, Dental Central has it all over at the Volunteer Opportunities Page!
Last spring, a group of 14 D17 students volunteered with the non-profit organization, Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations throughout the Boston area, with the essential items they need to thrive whether at home, at school, or at play. Armed with 6 boxes of donated items, including a large donation of toothpaste graciously given by the oral medicine department, we arrived at the C2C warehouse Brighton, MA. We spent the next two hours sorting and organization clothes packet which would later provide children with enough outfits to last them a week. When all was said and done, we were able to produce 130 clothing packages to be distributed.
What surprised me most about the service was how willing every volunteer was to go above and beyond. We had to carry 6 boxes of donated goods all the way from the school to Brighton and everybody was more than willing to help carry a box along our journey that required a T ride, a bus ride, and a short walk. Everyone just wanted to help out. At the end, everyone expressed their interest to help out C2C again in the future.
Ever wondered if there’s a way to stand out as a community service member, even with the extraordinarily complex schedule of a dental student? Something that requires less than one hour of your time, including travel? Look no further! Click here for more information.