Dental students with the South Asian Medical and Dental Association successfully screened over 50 community members at a local temple (Sikh Gurdwara)! The students performed oral cancer screenings, gave oral hygiene instructions and provided essential blood pressure monitoring for local members of the community. This is one of many screenings SAMDA will be doing throughout the school year. Keep an eye out for future screenings as SAMDA is always looking for volunteers!
Mandy Alamwala (D16), Yogesh Gera (D16) and Khusbu Patel (D16) were joined by SAMDA faculty advisor Dr. Harish Gulati.
The Tufts Chapter of dental fraternity Delta Sigma Delta (DSD) held a general meeting this past Friday and President Vladik Crutcher (D16) presented newly initiated members with official certificates welcoming them to the fraternity. As always with DSD meetings, there was free pizza and salad, and members had a great time getting to know each other better while enjoying a free meal.
The Student National Dental Association's annual Impressions Program was a hit yet again this year! The Impressions Program invites students from undergraduate institutions and high schools to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. We've posted some photos in the gallery below, but to view all that day's activities click here!
Last week the D17 class volunteered at the Special Olympics Soccer tournament at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA which had over 800 particpants. They set up an oral health promotion table, where they passed out toothbrushes and provided general oral hygiene instructions to around 200 people.
D17 Community Service Chair Mike Arrigo was joined by fellow D17s Steven Wang, Tommy Bond, Eric Ricci, Lauren Vargas, Shreshtha Ramanial, Houda Hamze, and Ireen Halkias. The group also made signs and games with the help of Shivani Patel.
Check out the gallery below which has some great photos taken by Eric Ricci!
The Smile Squad recently volunteered at the Give Kids a Smile Day on Saturday, November 15th at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA in partnership with the Mass Dental Society. The event provided free dental services for children such as oral screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish, and sealants. Smile Squad member Olga Raptis (D16) was kind enough to send us this photo with fellow volunteers Erin Saucier (D15), My Doan (D15), Shayla Walker (D18), Abby Yazbak (D18), and Khusbu Patel (D16)
With the holiday season just around the corner, many student organizations at TUSDM are reaching out and lending a helping hand to those in need. Here is a list of some of the drives and collections being hosted:
American Association of Women Dentist (AAWD) Clothing Drive for On The Rise Women's Homeless Shelter
• There will be two boxes to collect winter clothes, one will be in the student lounge on the 7th floor and the other will be on the 4th floor of Sackler near the circulation desk. The last day for the clothing drive is December 5th.
• Help us keep someone warm this winter by donating clothes like jackets, scarfs, gloves, socks and sweaters!”
• Check out the flyer here!
• Questions? Contact Sarah Bolis (D17)
D17 Thanksgiving Food Drive for The Greater Boston Food Drive
• Boxes will be placed on in the 7th floor student lounge to collect canned goods.
• Click here to see the list of acceptable donations
• You can also donate at www.gbfb.org/tuftsdental
• Questions? Contact Mike Arrigo (D17)
Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) Thanksgiving Warm Clothes and Toiletries Drive for Rosie’s Place
• WHAT: jeans of all sizes, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, bras, blankets, throws and sheets are urgently needed, according to the director of the volunteer services, as well as toiletries.
• WHERE: Drop box in the 7th floor student lounge
• WHEN: 11/12 – 12/1 (This gives you 3 weeks to look through your closet or pick up an item from the store)
• WHY: You can choose your own reason, but here's one. Winter is long and cold even with a warm home and plenty of warm clothes. I can't imagine not having either of these.
• Questions? Contact Courtnery Robinson (D16)
HPSP Drive for the Troops
• If you know a Tufts Dental alumnus or know of a family member of one of our own Tufts Dental family (which would include administration, faculty, staff and support personnel) who is stationed overseas, please let Ryan George (D15), Mitzi Liu (D15), or Dr. Rankin know. Just let us know their mailing addresses and we will try to get something out to them. Connection to home is important for the deployed soldier and is essential to their morale and purpose.
Horizons for Homeless Children is an organization that improves the lives of young homeless children and their families. They are looking for volunteers for the Playspace program. Play is really important for child development, so this is a chance to provide Playspaces in shelters for children.
Volunteers have to commit to working at a Playspace for two hours once a week for six months. Shifts are available weekdays between 8-9pm, but many of the shifts take place in the evenings from 6-8pm. They are looking for volunteers interested in working with the homeless population, especially if they have previous experience working with children. These volunteers should take initiative in planning and leading activities for the children. The Playspaces are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children ages 0-6. To become a PAL, you must fill out an application, pass a background check, provide two references, and complete a training.
Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) new volunteer training will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 19thand 20th from 6-8:30pm at HHC headquarters: 1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury MA 02119. Please feel free to attend the training and invite a friend to come along! Paper applications will be available at the door if you have not registered in advance.
For any questions during the training, please call the office cell phone at 781-686-8065.
Boston’s House of Sufism is looking for volunteers to assist with a local hunger and homelessness initiative. The group takes a flexible, multi-faceted approach to addressing these issues, including distributing excess food from bakeries and grocery stores directly to shelter residents, organizing to raise money and donations for specific requests, and serving a weekly home-cooked meal at a homeless shelter.
The House of Sufism has worked with Boston shelters for several years, including the Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, and St. Francis House. Recently, they’ve have developed a relationship with Boston’s only all-youth shelter, Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Serving with the House of Sufism is a unique opportunity to work on the ground with local shelter residents in a warm and informal setting. Volunteers are welcomed to join at whatever capacity best suits them, whether for several hours a week or one Sunday afternoon a month.
For more information, please contact Flora Lang or visit http://www.nimatullahisufiboston.org/charity.html.
Accessing Dental Central through TUSK is as easy as 1-2-3!
Here’s how to do it:
2. Under the ‘Links’ box on the right hand side, click ‘Student Resources’
3. Click ‘Dental Central'