Updated Student/Class Bulletin Board Openings!

Hope you all checked out the great work of the Global Connections team: Stephie Castera (D16), Elizabeth Betances (D18), and Krysten Herrero (D18)! Thanks for their great work on the DC bulletin board!
Want your group or class to sign up for a month for the 7th floor DC bulletin board? See what months are open below!  Questions: Email Nancy Marks or Aekta Patel! IMG_0303 

January:          D19 Class
February:        AADMD (American Assoc. of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry)
March:             AAWD (American Association of Women in Dentistry)
April:                D18 Class
May:                Open
June:              Open

July:                Open
August:          Open

September:     Public Health and Dental Central


D19s Volunteer at Urban Edge

Last week the D19 class volunteered with Urban Edge, an organization based around helping families in need. Their main aim is in construction of affordable housing, but they also want to strengthen communities and families through their housing. They put on a few events each year and one of the events is the Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. Volunteers from the D19 class were welcomed to attend to help out on this busy day for the community. Abby Manzella (D19) had this to say:

“We had an overflow of students wanting to donate their time but we had to narrow it down to ourselves and three others based on their interest and timely responses. We set up a table at the event with a jeopardy board and different oral care pamphlets. The five of us switched off between working at the table and checking people in. We were blown away by the interest and incredible reactions we were getting from the attendees. The children LOVED the monkey and had to get in line to brush his teeth because they were all so antsy! The older kids and adults loved the jeopardy game and many did multiple questions. Everyone had a blast and we hope that next year we can go back and bring a bigger group of our classmates!! One of the best parts of the evening was when an older woman was complaining about her teeth and Gilbert was able to help translate a pamphlet for her and instruct her to call Tufts to be seen by a pre-doctoral student. She then said that us being there was ‘a blessing in disguise’. It was a wonderful evening for all of us.”

Robert Geary (D18) Reflects on Lecture Given By Dr. Paul Farmer

 Paul Famer Talk (1)On November 4th D18s Lauren Gerkowicz, Mary Keezel, Kevin Campbell, Hannah Cook and I attended a talk by Dr. Paul Farmer at Boston University.  For those that don’t know, Dr. Paul Farmer is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts on public health.  He has a Medical Degree and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University; and is trained in the fields of infectious diseases and internal medicine.  He is one of the founders of Partners in Health, has numerous accolades, and has been instrumental in bringing quality healthcare to nations around the globe. His talk was titled “ The Current Status of Global Health.”

Continue reading Robert Geary (D18) Reflects on Lecture Given By Dr. Paul Farmer

SNDA Impressions Day 2015

Impressions Day is an annual SNDA program that invites students from undergraduate institutions and high schools to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. The event pays particular attention to inviting students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in dentistry to come and learn about the field of dental medicine and Tufts Dental School.

This year, the event had over 120 high school & college student participants and 60 volunteers from the TUSDM administration, faculty, alumni, pre-doctoral program (D16s, D17s, D18s, and D19s), and Kaplan Test Prep.

During Impressions Day, students had the opportunity to learn about
requirements and prerequisites to enter dental school and hear from some of TUSDM’s most esteemed community members, including Dean Huw Thomas and Dean Nadeem Karimbux. Student participants also participated in multiple educational activities including the following: DAT/SAT instructions, mock dental school interviews, and hands on activities: alginate impressions/composite restorations on typodonts. All of these activities were run and led by TUSDM student volunteers.

Check out the photo gallery above to see all the fun!

D17s at the Special Olympics

SpecialOlymSeveral weeks ago, the D17s headed out to the Special Olympics Massachusetts State Soccer Tournament in Byfield, MA. At the event, there were over 800 athletes competing the tournament. D17 class members set up a table and provided oral hygiene instructions to event participants and their families. They also provided dietary instructions to help prevent dental decay. D17 Community Service Chair Mike Arrigo reflected on the event:

SO2“We really learned the importance of engaging with the community and the importance of having people see us outside of the office, in a non-threating, fun enviornment. It is a great way to help build trust between the dental community and the community at large. We really enjoyed our experience and hope to continue going back to this event in the following years.”

AAPD Halloween Party

Last month, the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists) hosted a Halloween Party in the TUSDM Pediatric clinic. The event was an informative and fun session for the pediatric patients of TUSDM and their parents. Along with teaching the children proper oral hygiene technique, AAPD members spoke with them about choosing healthier snacks over the Halloween season, as well as safe trick or treating practices. Some patients had the chance to read a story book based on nutrition. Each patient was given a goody bag with toothbrushes and toothpaste, pretzels, water, a coloring book and other small Halloween themed goodies. Special thanks to AAPD Community Service Chair Tracy Tchintchin (D18) for sending us some great pictures!

Schweitzer Fellowship Information Session

image001Karen Spiller, Interim Program Director of the Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program, will be on campus on Tuesday 12/1 from 4:00-5:00 pm in SK216B to promote the Schweitzer Fellowship program. Schweitzer Fellows annually serve more than 25,000 people and offer prevention, wellness and access programs that address the underlying causes of health inequities, such as poverty, the environment, and education. In doing so, the Schweitzer Fellowship works to improve health outcomes in underserved communities. Each year, Tufts PHPD students are selected as Schweitzer Fellows, and many have been able to conduct their ALE project as a part of the fellowship.

The Fellowship gives selected students the opportunity to create and implement their own public health project to serve the local community. Please join us to hear more about the fellowship and application process (application deadline is February 15, 2016). To learn more visit:http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/

Register in CC: https://health-tufts-csm.symplicity.com/students/

TUSDM Students Are Going To Jamaica!

Jamaica1In January 2016, the Tufts Global Outreach program will be visiting Jamaica for the very first time! Michael Golub (D18) first visited Jamaica in 2011 as a volunteer with Healthcare International. This year three additional students [Tahira Williams (D16), Kelly Barbera (D18), Tim Kim (D18)] will be joining him along with students from Michigan dental school and faculty from the dental school at NYU. Healthcare International is an organization made up of dentists and physicians whole goal is to provide dental and medical care for patients in the rural areas of Jamaica who have little or no access to health care. The Tufts team will be providing dental extractions, cleanings, fillings as well as offering a full range of preventative care including: oral health education, free toothbrushes and toothpaste. This trip will offer the Tufts students a unique clinical experience as well as allow TUSDM to partner with an organization that has a strong proven record or providing essential care to an underserved population in Jamaica.
JamaicaA native from Jamaica, Tahira Williams (D16) states “I decided to participate firstly because it was an opportunity to go home and give back to a community that has limited access to dental care and secondly it would be a good learning experience outside of the United States.”
Help the students reach their fundraising goal by donating at the link below:

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