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Upcoming Event: New England Global Health Conference

On Saturday January 10th, the Massachusetts Medical Society will be hosting the "New England Global Health Conference for Medical and Dental Students and Residents." The day long conference will feature mini-lectures on global health topics, Read more…

SAMDA’s Annual Diwali Dinner

SAMDA celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, on October 28th in the Dental Alumni lounge. It was a sold out celebration with great food from Panjabi Dhaba and a Bollywood performance by Aekta Patel (D18) Read more…

Student Organization Spotlight: Sharewood Clinic

Sharewood Clinic member Monica Moitoso (D17) sent Dental Central some great photos of their clinic this past month, earning them the honor of this week's Student Organization Spotlight. You can join the Sharewood Clinic on the Read more…

The Dental Faculty Crisis: A TED-style Talk by Bianca Velayo

Last week, Tufts' very own Bianca Velayo (D15) was a guest speaker at the ASDA District 1 Leadership Conference for their discussion on Reasons to Become an Educator. You can watch Bianca's presentation, titled "The Dental Faculty Crisis," Read more…

HPSP Drive For the Troops

The Tufts Health Professions Scholarship Program will be collecting items adjacent to the Sackler cafeteria during a few weeks in November for their annual "Drive For the Troops". HPSP co-presidents Ryan George (D15) and Mitzi Liu (D15) Read more…

Student Organization Spotlight: SNDA

  The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) has been very busy the past week! Check out the photos sent in by Aquilla Sprewell (D17) from last week's Friday Night Supper and their Harvard St. Neighborhood Read more…

ASDA Ice Cream Social

If you wondered why it was so quiet on Friday afternoon, it's because ASDA scooped it up at it's ice scream social in the Jaharis Courtyard.

Volunteer Spotlight: Joke Alesh (D15) and Senator Elizabeth Warren

Joke Alesh (D15), chosen to represent TUSDM, was one of a select group of Tufts student leaders who met with US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday September 15th. Shortly after the meeting, the Senator took to the stage to speak to a packed Read more…

Ongoing Opportunity: Volunteer for Branches

The Center at Castle Square, a community center located near Tufts Medical Center, is looking for student volunteers to help out at their afterschool mentorship program. If you are interested in being a mentor, check out Read more…

Student Organization Spotlight: Asian Dental Organization

  We just got a great photo sent in by the Asian Dental Organization (Formely Asian Dental Student Alliance) from their recent volunteer outing to the Vietnamese Autumn Moon Festival in Dorchester this past week. If Read more…

Welcome to Dental Central!

TUSDM’s new web-based portal in support of civic engagement and community service learning is launched! Visit About and find out how Dental Central came into being…Check out Student Organizations and see the depth and breadth of those doing Read more…

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Stephanie Smith!
Undergraduate Education: BA- Rutgers University

Graduate Education: MS, Oral Biology concentration- Rutgers University: Graduate School of Biomedical Science

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: D23 Class Fundraising Chair, Co-founder of "#Collect2Protect Healthcare Heroes"

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I chose TUSDM because it felt like a family. Everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand and work as a team to overcome obstacles. Having such a great support system at school has been so helpful in maintaining mental wellness through school.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I was a dancer for 20 years and run an Etsy business selling handmade jewelry outside of school. #TUSDM #DentalLife #DentalStudent

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Thank you for everyone who came yesterday! A big thank you to Dr. Brown for coming and talking about his dental journey. We are grateful for your honesty in sharing your experiences and being willing to answer all our questions. We all learned a lot and would like to thank you for your time 🙂

#michigan #michigandental #drbrown #umb_pds #dentaljourney #event #asda #asda1 #dentalschool #residency #predental #zoom #meeting #tufts #tuftsasda #dentalcost #scholarships #dentalscholarships #dentaltalk

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It's not work if you love what you do! 🦷😊
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#boston #dentist #dentalschool #dentistry #dentallife #dentalstudent #tuftsdentalschool #tusdm #tuftsdental #tufts #dental #teeth #oralhealth #oralhygiene

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Connie Wang!
Undergraduate Education: PharmD Program, University of Rhode Island

Graduate Education: Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Tufts ASDA Social media, District ASDA VP of Communications, Orientation leader

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: My favorite thing about Tufts is the diverse and welcoming community we have here! I grew up in a super small town in Rhode Island so I knew this school would be a great place for me to grow, meet new people, and learn from those around me. Since coming here I've met people from so many different and unique walks of life, and I'm so thankful for the strong bond that Tufts gives us all.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Outside of school I love to stay busy with a variety of things! I'm currently an intern for a floss start up company called Cocofloss where I help them with dental marketing and social media! In addition I love running my instagram and youtube pages (thepharmadental) where I document life as a dental student / pharmacist / Tjmaxxinista! Finally I'm obsessed with Trader Joes and Pinterest. God I really am a millennial huh.
#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Anna Yermolayeva!!

Undergraduate Education: Loyola University Maryland, BS


Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Liaison for the class of D24
Dental Anatomy TA

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I chose TUSDM because of the strong emphasis that is placed on community. It was evident from the day of my interview that a sense of community and solidarity was something every student, faculty, and staff member strived towards. I am proud to be a part of the class of D23 and work to maintain these values alongside my amazing classmates!

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I'm very passionate about music. I love to play guitar, piano, and sing whenever I have the free time to do so!
#dentalstudent #TUSDM #dentallife

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What a beautiful, victorious Saturday! 😍Anxiety level was high for everyone this week esp the 3rd years in clinic, so I thought I would to share my tips to those new to clinic, esp those who use Axium!

1. Scratch pad is your best friend. Ask for case note templates from upperclassmen & write all your notes on the scratch pad for all consults before the appointment. For recare patients, you can right click on a previous case note -> view details -> copy/paste (control + c/control +v) medical history & medications on the scratch pad to save time. Bonus points for printing out the most recent perio chart and inputting the same values on the new perio chart before the recare exam and updating any change as necessary. Time management is key!

2. Learn from previous case notes. Not only is it important for you to know the patient’s treatment history and medical conditions, but also to familiarize with the format of certain consults and wordings. Some faculty will prefer a phrase to be included for every potential crown planned for possible root canal & post/core at additional cost, some want to see how long ago the previous root canal was done, etc. Save those phrases and copy/paste them on your scratch pad for future reference.

3. Stay organized. Update your calendar as soon as any change occurs if you book your own patients. I color code all patient appts – blue if they are put in the request, green if appt requests are officially in the system, and red if I need more time beforehand to prepare for the appt ex. dentures. If you need to discuss patient info at the front desk you need to refer them by their record number, so have them written down somewhere. Also keep a clinic to-do list to keep track of things!

4. For those who aren’t used to phone calls with patients yet, keep a script including a phone number to them to reach you. My friend says ppl pick up the phone the most between 7-8pm and I agree!

5. Check online for faculty schedule if there is a specific faculty you would like to work with, with an open mind other faculty can offer different insights 🤩

What are some tips you found helpful in surviving clinic? Please share all ur wisdom below 🥰

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Please join AGD and TUSDM alumni for a panel discussion on residency programs next Wednesday November 11th @ 7:30pm! #AGD #dentalschool #dentalstudent #tusdm

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Yousaf Farukhi!
Undergraduate Education: Johns Hopkins University. B.A. Biology, Minors: Computer Science and Mathematics

Graduate Education: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Master of Health Sciences
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine – Doctorate of Medicine (M.D)

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM:
Canvas Coordinator for D23 Class
Virtual Teaching Assistant – Providing Support to Post Graduate Courses and all 4 years of undergraduate Classes
Head Teaching Assistant – Clinical Anatomy (D24 Class)
Teaching Assistant – Craniofacial Biology (D24 Class)
Teaching Assistant – Introduction to Dental Patient (D23 Class)
Teaching Assistant – Medically Complex Patients (D22 Class)
Curriculum Mapping – Craniofacial Biology
Student Representative – Ad-Hoc Committee on Accreditation

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: TUSDM is a very dynamic place. The faculty are all approachable and want you to succeed. I routinely drop in unannounced to faculty members on the 15th floor and they always welcoming. I choose Tufts for its strong clinical reputation and the fact that it is in Boston.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I completed a residency in Internal Medicine and am looking to bridge the divide between Medicine and Dentistry by providing comprehensive patient care. Outside of school, I like program, ride a Peloton Bike, travel, and watch movies.

#dentalstudent #TUSDM #dentallife

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We are one in a minion 🍌💛 #halloween #pediatricdentistry #tusdm

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WHO IS ONE HEALTH?
🌎 human health (physicians, dentists, nurses, epidemiologists)
🌎 animal health (veterinarians, agricultural workers)
🌎 environment (ecologists, wildlife experts)
🌎 others (policy makers, pet owners, communities)
🌎 you!!

#TUSDM #onehealth
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First up: World Antibiotics Awareness Week (11/11-11/17)

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Madison Dallmeyer!

Undergraduate Education: University of Massachusetts Lowell, Biology degree

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I was interested in Tufts because of their emphasis on early hand skill development but I chose stuff because of the people and community!

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: My roommate and I occasionally brew beer! #dental #dentalstudent #tusdm #dentistry

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Jessica Valdovinos-Ayala !
Undergraduate Education: California State University, Bakersfield- Bachelor of Science in Biology, with Chemistry Minor

Graduate Education: Mississippi College- Master of Science in Biology Medical Sciences

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: Nothing beats the diversity at TUSDM! I felt so welcome during my interview and still to this day I feel at home even though home for me is is across the country in California. It is truly a great place to be everyone is so supportive, encouraging and willing to help which is something I was looking for when applying to dental school.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: As an undergraduate I did 5 years of Plant Anatomy and Physiology research which led me to 5 article publications in the subject. I have a deep appreciation for plants but teeth, smiles and dentistry was my true calling.

#dentalstudent #TUSDM #dentallife #dentistry

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Thanks for sending this drbonanni.

Friends are the people who make your days brighter, your laugh louder, and your smile bigger.
Tag your besties below! �

Here is a blast from the 2013 past, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Reunion. ….. And we remain best of friends today!!
#TUSDM #cosmeticdentistry #dentalschool #buddies #friendsforever #smile #smilemakeover #healthysmiles #foranewyou

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Thanks for sending this drbonanni.

Friends are the people who make your days brighter, your laugh louder, and your smile bigger.
Tag your besties below! �

Here is a blast from the 2013 past, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Reunion. ….. And we remain best of friends today!!
#TUSDM #cosmeticdentistry #dentalschool #buddies #friendsforever #smile #smilemakeover #healthysmiles #foranewyou

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Thanks for sending this drbonanni.

Friends are the people who make your days brighter, your laugh louder, and your smile bigger.
Tag your besties below! �

Here is a blast from the 2013 past, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Reunion. ….. And we remain best of friends today!!
#TUSDM #cosmeticdentistry #dentalschool #buddies #friendsforever #smile #smilemakeover #healthysmiles #foranewyou

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Friends are the people who make your days brighter, your laugh louder, and your smile bigger.
Tag your besties below! �

Here is a blast from the 2013 past, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Reunion. ….. And we remain best of friends today!!
Diane Bonanni, DMD drbonanni http://www.StonehamCosmeticDentist.com #TUSDM #cosmeticdentistry #Stonehamma #dentalschool #buddies #friendsforever

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