Welcome to the Sharewood Project Dental Central page!
The Sharewood Project is a free interprofessional organization based in Malden that aims to address the health needs of the local underserved population. The initiative services patients of varying demographics, including the homeless, recent immigrants, and low socioeconomic community members. The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) has a dental division that works in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine, which partners with physicians, residents, and physician assistants (PAs).
The Sharewood Dental Project focuses on the promotion of oral health education and prevention. During Sharewood Project dental sessions, students meet with patients from the local community to offer the following services:
- Oral health/cancer screenings
- Oral hygiene instructions
- Oral health education
- Fluoride varnish applications
- Insurance assistance (for those who may be eligible)
- Referrals for further dental treatment
- Coordinate free (and reduced-cost) care with local dental facilities
- Connect patients with dental homes
- Other limited services are provided by medical, dermatology, vision, and nutrition
The Sharewood Project provides a safe and engaging learning environment for students to gain hands-on clinical experience through mentorship. Participating students have varying clinical experiences and skills. Under faculty guidance, underclassmen dental students are paired with upperclassmen during patient encounters. Dental students also work with medical students and physician assistants to help improve health disparities.
The main goals of the Sharewood Dental Project are to address the oral and general healthcare needs of an underserved population from the Boston area, while providing pre-dental and dental students an opportunity to interact with patients under the guidance of Tufts Dental faculty members. The project serves as a Community Service Learning (CSL) opportunity for students to serve in a public health capacity while cultivating their interest for health care service. The opportunity also fosters an appreciation for health advocacy as part of their dental education and professional development.
LOCATION: St. Paul’s Parish in Malden (26 Washington Street, Malden, MA 02148).
WHEN: Sharewood Dental Project runs bimonthly (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month) from 6:00 PM– 9:00 PM.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER:
Students from all years are welcome!
Please bring loupes and clinic appropriate attire (scrubs or business casual).
Dental students meet at 5:15 PM in the Tufts Medical Center main hospital lobby (next to ABP – Au Bon Pain) and ride together to the Sharewood Project site via the Orange Line train to the Malden Center Station.
Co-President: Melody Chou, D19
Co-President: Abbe Finberg, D18
Co-Vice President: Jennifer Kim, D20
Co-Vice President: Nick Truong, D19
Treasurer: Steve Boucher, D18
Secretary & Public Relations: Sun Lim, D20
Head Clinical Coordinator: Lena Levasque, D18
Clinical Coordinator for D20s: Ervin Pejo, D20
Faculty Adviser: Dr. John Morgan, Dr. David Leader, Dr. Khara Gresham