Smile, Share, and Care Program at the Wang YMCA

unnamedDo you have an interest in working with children? Do you want to get involved in a community service opportunity?

ASDA is hosting the Smile, Share and Care Program where volunteers go to the YMCA daycare/ pre-K across the street from the Tufts Medical Center on most Monday afternoons. We usually read one or two stories to the children and then play with them with some interactive stuffed animals.  It’s a great way for us dental students to impress upon these little guys that dentists are cool people who want to take care of them.

If you are interested, please sign up via the spreadsheet below. We meet Monday afternoons at 4:00pm at the dental school and then walk over together to the YMCA. It runs until approximately 5:00pm.

Spots are limited, click here to sign up!

 

Delta Sigma Delta at the Irish Immigration Center

DSDLast week, Delta Sigma Delta volunteered to provide oral health screenings at the Irish Immigration Center in Boston. The event was in conjunction with a medical clinic (flu shots and hypertension testing) open to the members of the Irish Immigration Center. The Center reached out to TUSDM so that its members could receive oral screenings and free dental supplies. See what DSD member Michelle Ta (D17) had to say about the event below:

“Being able to volunteer a day in the community allows me to fully appreciate the importance of dentistry. People come in as your patient for just a few minutes and really hold on to and trust the recommendations you give them. This responsibility makes me want to learn more so that I can serve my patients with the best care possible. It also allowed me to connect what I had learned in clinic and previous courses to real day experiences because we were serving a different population.”

Global Service Spotlight: Cristina Penn (D16) Reflects on her Trip to China

“This past September, I embarked on a 10-day trip to Suqian, China to provide humanitarian aid in the form of dental treatment to underserved residents in the area. A total of 19 participants including dentists, hygienists and nurses participated in the trip. We were able to provide services such as prophylaxis, scaling and root planing, extractions, restorative work and endodontics to the hundreds of patients that came to the dental clinic. Many of these patients were in their 60’s or 70’s and had never had a dental cleaning before. We also spent a large amount of our efforts teaching the locals and community dentists and other influential people about the importance of oral health. Dr. Yin Hsu IS’93 and I gave presentations to local schoolteachers as well as government officials. This was especially important because we felt that in the short time that we were there, we could only treat so many patients. However, by increasing the general understanding about prevention and regular recare, we felt that our impact would be the greatest. After a week of hard work, we flew to Guilin, China to tour the picturesque mountains and took a boat tour down the Li River. We ended our trip in the mountainside rice terraces of Longji, where we got to experience the beauty of the Chinese countryside.”

– Christina Penn (D16)
Interested in learning more about TUSDM students volunteering abroad? Check out the Dental Central Global Connections tab!

Call For Volunteers: ISPG/H Flu Clinic

IB Biology students at Josiah Quincy need volunteers!Ravali Mukthineni, a student at Tufts University working with ISPG/H (Immigrant Services Providers Group/Health) through Tufts University’s Tisch College is looking for 2-4 TUSDM volunteers! ISPG/H is holding it’s annual flu clinic/health fair focused on outreach to uninsured immigrants. The health fair/flu clinic will be on November 7 from 10:00 AM – 2:00. 
Volunteers can either cover event from 10:00-2:00 or 10:00-12:00. Educational Materials and toothbrushes will be provided for you to give out. The goal for the flu clinic is to reach out to as many uninsured Somerville residents as possible and to provide people with access to basic health tests, health information, and the opportunity to begin the process of becoming insured.
If interested, please contact Nancy Marks.

Introducing the Dental Central TUSDM Social Wall

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 7.38.26 PMAs you may have noticed, there is a new addition to the Dental Central sidebar – the TUSDM Social Wall. There you will find images from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter highlighting events going on around the school. Currently, you can check out the D19 Fall BBQ and white coat ceremony!

Interested in having your images show up on the TUSDM social wall? Hashtag your TUSDM-related pictures with #TUSDM and #dentalcentral for them to be posted. If your community service or student organization group has its own hashtag, email it to us at tuftsdc@gmail.com and we’ll add your hashtagged photos to the feed!

Josiah Quincy Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Sweet aroma of pumpkin spice bagels, Chinese sweet rolls and dark roast coffee filled the air of Josiah Quincy Elementary School’s Library on Sept. 28th. The occasion was the Annual Appreciation Breakfast for the JQ school teachers and staff given by TUSDM Dept. of Public Health and Community Service. TUSDM has a portable dental clinic on 3rd floor of JQ school where Dental students, AEGD Residents, dental hygiene students and faculty and staff of TUSDM provide dental care to the children of JQ elementary school. The dental clinic at the JQ school provides preventive and restorative dental services to patients with high risk for dental disease and patients with physical and intellectual disabilities. The clinic also provides collaborative learning experience to Pediatric medicine Residents and dental school students. The complex operation at the JQ school based Dental clinic is successful due to a lot of cooperation from the teachers and staff of the JQ elementary school. So, this time of year we thank them with sumptuous breakfast and a GOODY Bag with oral hygiene supplies!!

– Dr. Tarunjeet Pabla

TUSDM Students to Attend the Schweitzer Leadership Conference

unnamed-1The annual Schweitzer Leadership Conference is an unparalleled opportunity for established and emerging professionals with an interest in building healthier communities to learn from leaders who are shaping the way we thinktalk, and act when it comes to health equity, health care, social change, and public policy.

Thanks to scholarships provided offered by the Dept.’s of Student Affairs and Public Health, five student leaders will be attending Schweitzer’s Leadership Conference on Oct. 24 free of charge.  Keep an eye out for their reflections at the end of the month!

Here’s a snap shot of some of their community service work at TUSDM!

  • Anna Bak, D17 and Asian Dental Organization, Delta Sigma Delta and AAPD
  • Jackie Liu, D19 and Community Service Co-Chair Class of 2019
  • Sandy Lor, D18 and AAWD Community Service Chair, and global service learning
  • Micheline Moini, D18 and active in AAWD and AO
  • Mijung Myung, D18 and global service learning

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