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Women in the Clinic Leadership Event– A Great Success!

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Though postponed due to an earlier snow storm, this year’s Women in the Clinic Leadership Forum, was an amazing event thanks to our exceptional leader – rock star organizer Jackie Liu (D19)! With much support from Dean Thomas, Student Affairs and the Dept. of Public Health, the dinner event focused on empowering women to take leadership roles in the clinic, and also covered both rewards and the pitfalls surrounding this goal.

Highlights abound, including an impassioned call by Dr. Hanlon to become the next generation of female leaders in organized dentistry to remember that “patients are not points…and to be committed to their care every day.”  Following Dr. Hanlon, Student Affairs Director Katherine Vosker explained the rights that students have in the clinic and who to go to in case of any uncomfortable incidences.

The evening continued with an amazing panel of D17s who shared their experiences and offered tips and wisdom for all the remaining female students. A special shout out to the fabulous D17 panelists: Poorna Phaltankar, Crista Fantone, Anna Bak, Brittany Bressler and Mansi Jailwala. The Q&A panel was moderated by Nancy Marks, and topics included gender issues, the interconnection between community work and clinic work, how to become a TA, assumptions about race, balancing didactic learning with clinic life and applying for jobs.

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TUSDM Students Present at the Institute of Healthcare Advancement’s Health Literacy Conference

Four students from the ‘Health Literacy Intensive’ course  travelled with Professor Dolan to Anaheim, CA in early May to attend and present at the Institute of Healthcare Advancement’s 15th annual Health Literacy Conference: Creating a Vision for Health Literacy’s FutureKim Meyers (D18), Mikenah Vega (D18), David Somoza-Valle (D19), and Anne-Marie Vu (D19) presented a poster on the Health Literacy Intensive course for the 1st and 2nd year dental students at TUSDM, which was very well received! Tufts was the only dental school who presented at the conference and the only organization that sent students. Read on for their reflections!

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HSDA at Martha Eliot Health Center Annual Heath and Safety Fair

HSDA Tufts Chapter had the pleasure of working along side the Massachusetts HDA at the  Martha Eliot Health Center Annual Heath and Safety Fair in Jamaica Plain on May 21 to teach children proper oral hygiene instructions, play educational games, and hand out toothbrushes to the local community.  The fair encompassed all areas of health care which gave our members a great opportunity to learn about other organization in the area.  From live music to firetruck tours, it is easy to say – they had a blast!

AAPD Participates in Healthy Kids Day at Wang YMCA

On Saturday, April 30th the Wang YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day as a citywide event throughout Boston. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) members Rhea Reen (IS17), Ritu Kular (IS17), Alisha Anand (D18), Andy Collins (D18), Tuvy Phan (D18), Oliver Giron (D18), and Tabitha Lewis (D19) joined a number of other vendors to promote health awareness and healthy lifestyle maintenance for children. At the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine booth, the club members provided toothbrushes, Tom’s toothpaste, and OHI using the dental Jeopardy game and the ever trustworthy puppet to show brushing techniques.

As soon as the event started, the Tufts students realized that they were in for more than they expected. Zumba classes began promptly at 10 AM, with some of the AAPD members joining the children and parents in the exercise and fun. The rest of the event was followed with martial arts performances, cultural and hip hop dances, and a magic show. Continue reading AAPD Participates in Healthy Kids Day at Wang YMCA

AADMD Hosts Dr. Steve Perlman, founder of Special Olympics Special Smiles

On Thursday evening, April 28th, the Tufts’ American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) student club hosted a presentation on “Treating Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” Dr. Steve Perlman presented to approximately 60 Tufts students and faculty. Dr. Perlman has been treating patients with both physical and intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an oral health initiative for the athletes participating in the Special Olympics International. It now has over 215 events per year taking place in every state in the US along with 80 other countries.

Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

Every Monday for one hour, volunteers read books to children and teach them proper brushing and flossing techniques. The program is designed to educate preschool-age children on the importance of developing proper oral hygiene habits. 

Gopi Surti (D18), Director of ASDA Smile, Share and Care, reflects on her experiences: Continue reading Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

Stephie Castera (D16) is awarded Prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service

For over 15 years, Tufts has honored exceptional students with the prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. These awards recognize undergraduate and graduate students across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership.

Among those honored this year was D16 Stephie Castera, who received the award at a special ceremony for recipients on April 21, 2016. The program included Tufts University President Tony Monaco, Dean Alan Solomont of Tisch College of Civic Life and TUSDM’s Dean Huw Thomas.

Stephie’s special guests included her mother Agnes who came from Haiti for the event and her boyfriend, D16 Brian Hedstrom. Presenting her with her award were Nancy Marks and Dr. Mark Nehring, Chair of Public Health and Community Service Dept.

Stephie’s impressive accomplishments include fundraising and creating local partnerships in order to open the first community library in Furcy, Haiti; organizing an annual holiday party (five years and still going strong!) in Furcy for 350 impoverished children, which included collecting and distributing toys, school supplies, shoes, dental kits and oral hygiene education.  Locally, Stephie has also been an active member and leader in AAPD, HDA, and SNDA and has volunteered at Sharewood, Project Bridge and DentalCentral!

Congrats to Stephie!!

D19 Community Service: Center Communities of Brookline Senior Outreach

The D19 Community Service committees have been hard at work developing several different oral health outreach programs designed for different communities! On 04/08/16, the Geriatrics Committee visited the Center Communities of Brookline. D19s Kareema Roushdy, Tabitha Lewis, and Soteji Adeuti educated the residents on oral health through an interactive Jeopardy game, active dialogue on oral health preventive methods, proper toothbrushing demonstration, and gifts like toothpaste, toothbrushes, brochures, and other hygienic aids designed for the geriatric community. The goal was for the seniors to take away something new from this event, and from the feedback that the D19s received afterward, it seems that residents learned a lot of information that afternoon!

See what volunteers Kareema and Tabitha had to say about their experiences: Continue reading D19 Community Service: Center Communities of Brookline Senior Outreach

Event Spotlight: Healthy Kids Festival at the Boston Children’s Museum

On March 26, 2016, members of Smile Squad participated in the Healthy Kids Festival at Boston Children’s Museum. Smile Squad’s table displayed a fun informational poster, and members gave oral hygiene instructions to the children and families with the Smile Squads “puppets” and various other activities, including a flossing activity. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were passed out to every child attendee. Check out the gallery above to see Smile Squad’s great work and fun with the kids!

If you are interested in participating in Smile Squad activities, please e-mail Smile Squad President Olga Raptis to be added on the listserv.

Women Fly at the First Women in Leadership Forum!

Over 70 female TUSDM students attended the ‘sold out’ student-run Women in Leadership Forum, held on February 25, 2016 – an evening dedicated to promoting and enhancing the development of women in leadership as students and community members at TUSDM.

The good news is that the number of women in dentistry has been rapidly expanding, and the Class of 2019 at TUSDM boasts the highest percentage of women in its history at 58%! However, despite the increase in female presence in dental school, their numbers are not reflected in on-campus leadership positions. The last female class president at TUSDM graduated with the Class of 2012. Poorna Phaltankar, D17 Vice President, recognized the need to address this gap and organized the Women in Leadership committee (Hana Gilman D16, Poorna Phaltankar D17, Aekta Patel D18, Jacqueline Liu D19, Nari Park D19, Abigail Manzella D19). They were joined by event advisors Nancy Marks and Karen Alexander.  With the support of Dean Thomas, Associate Dean Kasberg, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Tisch-TUSDM Community Service Learning Program, thus was born TUSDM’s first Women in Leadership Forum. Continue reading Women Fly at the First Women in Leadership Forum!