Student Group Leader’s Lunch: Stomachs and Room Filled To Capacity!

Over 30 student leaders from twenty student groups chowed down nine cheese pizzas (and some left over sweets from the meeting before!) while enjoying each other’s company and discussing a range of topics.  The meeting began with show and tell by four members of the Creatives’ Team: Khusbu Patel (D16), Prahbdeep Singh (IS16),  Poorna Phaltankar (D17), and Mansi Jailwala (D17).  The Team was charged with creating new activities and ways to present oral health prevention education. Living up to their group’s name, they showed off a Jenga game boasting dental questions, a beautiful Jeopardy board to use at health fairs, and a dress up activity for ‘littles’ that introduces them to flossing.  All materials will be housed on the 15th floor and can be signed out by groups before events. If you want to help create materials, please email Nancy Marks (Public Health).
Next up were current Dental Central gurus– Mandy Alamwala (D16) and Justin Maillet (D17)—who asked the group to highlight the strengths of DC, as well as how access to the site and its content could be improved. They also shared the site’s Google analytics. The larger group offered suggestions, including creating an app for Dental Central. If you missed the meeting, any questions about DC can be emailed to Dental Central.
Finally, Nancy and Carrie Garinger (Student Affairs) asked the group for volunteers to join them in a roundtable brainstorming session about leadership succession for student organization leaders. Many groups currently elect leaders either in late April or in Sept. which can make it difficult for groups to maintain their equilibrium.  Anyone interested in taking part in this initial discussion should email Carrie. Ideas that come out of this group will then be shared with the larger student body.


Four Raffle Winners at DC Meeting!

Smile Squad was awarded a surprise $50 gift certificate for being the group that most posted to Dental Central!

AAPHD was randomly chosen and also won a $50 group gift certificate for using DC to advertise their events.

Finally, for sending in their groups’ post-event documentation forms, Courtney Robinson Schick (D16) and Monica Moitoso (D17) each won $10 gift cards to Dunkin’D’s.

New raffle winners in the spring… So keep on Posting and Documenting!!!

Event Spotlight: D17s at the Special Olympics

10342805_10203437706771858_9188472445567724430_nLast 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!


Event Spotlight: Smile Squad at Give Kids a Smile Day

IMG_4064The 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) 

TUSDM students give with their hearts! Join them in making this a Season of Giving…

CWith 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
•    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 Seeking Playspace Volunteers!

i3cHorizons 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 Seeking Volunteers!

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

Volunteers Needed for the SNDA Impressions Program

snda-impressions-3On Saturday November 19th, the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) will be hosting the Impressions Program. The Impressions Program invites students from undergraduate institutions and high schools to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. 

Students will learn about : 

  • requirements and prerequisites to enter dental school
  • DAT/SAT instructions
  • mock interviews
  • hands on activities: alginate impressions/composite restorations on typodonts.

This year, the SNDA is looking for student volunteers to help provide tours of the school, show students how to take alginate impressions, and assist in a mock interview/interview skills workshop.

If interested please sign up on this google doc. A short volunteer orientation will take place Wednesday November 19th in room 773 at 12:00 pm. Please email Sharod Mckinney with any questions.

Upcoming Event: New England Global Health Conference

MassMedSocLogoOn Saturday January 10th, the Massachusetts Medical Society will be hosting the "New England Global Health Conference for Medical and Dental Students and Residents." The day long conference will feature mini-lectures on global health topics, hands-on skill workshops, an expert lecture on disaster relief effort, and provide great networking opportunities. A small fee of $25 will provide you with lunch as well as transportation to this event in Waltham, MA. Check out the event flyer for more information or visit the MA Medical Society website to register!

SAMDA’s Annual Diwali Dinner

SAMDA celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, on October 28th in the Dental Alumni lounge. It was a sold out celebration with great food from Panjabi Dhaba and a Bollywood performance by Aekta Patel (D18) and Sonya Joseph (D18). The night was full of lights, delicious food, and great company! Photo's and write up courtesy of Khusbu Patel (D16).

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