Middle Eastern Dental Society (MEDS)

Mission Statement

 To engage students in understanding current Middle Eastern issues pertaining to oral health and overall health. Our aim is to foster and encourage the Middle Eastern culture, traditions and customs. We hope to showcase Middle Eastern heritage to all students at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The MEDS encourages all students to join in order to promote oral health in the Middle East and engage in Middle Eastern culture and traditions. MEDS aims to welcome all students of all races, religions and cultural backgrounds.

Purpose of organization 

Our main goal is to promote oral health in the many war-stricken regions within the Middle East. Since the commencement of the Arab Spring in 2011 many individuals have been displaced and lost homes along with the necessities to maintain sufficient access to oral health services. Many refugees have come to the United States as a safe haven. MEDS aims to accommodate the Middle Eastern Refugees in gaining access to oral care and help promote continued oral heath routines. We hope to discuss these issues with current TUSDM students along with other students in local and national universities.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alaa Ali.

Officers 2018 – 2019:

President: Stephanie Samrin

Vice president: Omar Harmouche

Secretary: Nilufar Gorek-yaraghi

Treasurer: Lema Salem

Social Media Coordinator: Deena Raef

Community Service Rep: Haneen Shehadeh

Class Liaisons

D19: Kareema Roushdy and Shadan Yassine

D20: Youstina Youssef

D21: Sameer Atrash and Jonathan Candido

D22: Jessica Nar and Adam Elayan

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