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

On February 24, ADEA chapters at Tufts, Harvard, BU, UConn, Touro, and Stony Brook participated in a curriculum Hackathon held at Harvard School of Dental Medicine! Students were grouped into teams and were given just two hours to design their own innovative dental school, focusing on curriculum topics of their choice. Teams focused on hot topics like Public Health and Community Service, Technology, Public Policy, Interprofessional Education, Research, and many more! Presentations were judged by a panel of deans and professors, including Dean Karimbux.

Here are some students reflections!

Meghan Kelley (D19), reflects: “This year’s event brought together students and professors from six different dental schools and some very interesting ideas for curriculum development. Each year it is amazing to see how many students are willing to put aside their Saturday to take a stand for their education. I truly hope you enjoyed the experience to collaborate, learn, and grow alongside of your colleagues.”

Arjun Gupta (D21), reflects: “This hackathon was awesome! I made a ton of new friends from different schools, and had a chance to share our own curriculum and learn about theirs as well. I can’t wait to head back next year.”

Special shout out to Emerly Hsu and Alex Joseph, members of Team Yellow, for taking home first place!

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