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

ASDA-ADEA Predental Day gives Tufts an opportunity to showcase its facilities, faculty, staff, and students to prospective dental students. We made a great impression on almost 100 attendees from New England and the Tri-State area.

We kicked off the morning with presentations about ADEA by Kathleen Molgaard and ASDA by Neil Patel and myself. Then the predentals went to preclin for wax-ups and sim clin for amalgam fillings. This was the big hit of the day with our guests, according to our exit survey. Thanks to all the D18 volunteers who assisted our visitors, as well as Robbie Russell, Sahar Mostafavi, Olivia Rudnicki, and James Assad for the demonstrations; and to Dr. Arsenault, Dr. Papathanasiou, Dr. Saksena, and Dr. Leader for supervising these hands-on workshops. The preclinical sessions gave “…a great impression of what dental school is like [at Tufts],” wrote one predental. Another wrote, “It was really nice that you gave us the opportunity to do the wax[-up] and filling. Everyone was super-friendly and the day here made me very excited to apply to Tufts.”

During lunch, the predentals had time to mingle with student volunteers. In the afternoon, they listened to presentations from Admissions and Financial Aid — Melissa Friedman, Gillian Anzivino, Danielle Christie, and Sandra Pearson. Afterwards, the D18 volunteers gave tours. One predental wrote in the exit survey, “I’m afraid this tour has ruined any other school I may have considered.” We concluded with a question-and-answer panel made up of dental students from all class years. It was a great event, summed up by one of our survey responses, “The student volunteers were so helpful and informative. I
really got a good feel for student life and education.”

Cristina Kendall
ASDA Tufts D17 Representative
ASDA District 1 Membership Chair

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