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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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Hometown: Lowell, MA

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? Along with all the beautiful architecture, unique culture, and amazing history that Boston has to offer, I love the various attractions and entertainment it has for everyone to indulge in. I was first exposed to Tufts when I met Dr. Kasberg. He gave me the best advice, and walked me through the whole interview process. He instantly made me feel so welcomed and like a Tufts Family member. The faculty members here are one of the most caring individuals with highly qualified skills. Additionally, I was drawn to the aspect of how diverse the student body is, as well as the schoolโ€™s emphasis on mental and physical wellness, and countless opportunities it has to offer in the future.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Some of my hobbies consist of dancing, working out, cooking/baking, traveling, trying new experiences, as well as spending quality time with my family and friends.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Dallas Huff!
Undergraduate Education: B.S. in Biology, Kent State University

Graduate Education: M.S. in Oral Health Sciences, Boston University

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Tufts MDS Government Affairs Committee Representative, Tufts ASDA Vice Chair, Founder and Co-President of TUSDM's Cosmetic Injectables Club, Collect to Protect Healthcare Heroes Coordination Lead

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I've really enjoyed the positive community that TUSDM has fostered – this was a big reason for why I chose TUSDM. The interview didn't feel forced or stressful; it was very comfortable.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: My go-to fun fact is that I was indeed born in Dallas; this was actually my fun fact for our entire class on the first day. Outside of school I like running on the esplanade with my beagle pup.
#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Vivian Argueta!
Undergraduate Education: Boston College B.A

Graduate Education: Barry University MS

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: My favorite thing about TUSDM is the diversity seen with the student body as well as the faculty. The reason why I chose to be a jumbo was because I saw first hand how great the school was and what it stood for. I was a dental assistant in pediatric department at TUSDM previously, so it has always felt like home to me! I came back to where my dream began.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: My parents are Guatemalan. My grandmother back home owns a banana farm where they grow and import for Dole. I was able to see the whole process last year when I visited!

#dentalstudent #TUSDM #dentallife

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If you havenโ€™t already had a chance to meet our wonderful Associate Dentist, Dr. Kopal Agarwal, you will be pleased by her kind and gentle manner. โœจ Dr. Agarwal is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (just like me! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ) and is dedicated to providing our patients with meticulous care with a gentle touch. โœจ
I was so glad to snap this quick pic before she masked back up so we can showcase her smile โ€” which reflects her radiating kindness. ๐Ÿ’“
We work side-by-side on Thursdays and she is overseeing patient care on Fridays. Be sure to give her a warm welcome!
#joannaclaustrodmd #teamclaustrodmd #bestdentist #dentist #ashburn #leesburg #sterling #aldie #herndon #tusdm #associatedentist #growth #smallbusiness #health #happiness #inspiresmiles #loudoun poshsevenmagazine #womendentists #mommydentists #teamwork

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When times feel heavy, I am especially thankful for a job that fills my day with incredibly kind, thoughtful, and loving people! Today I got to work with my team of bad ass women and care for some of my favorite patients โ€” old and new (not all pictured here!). ๐Ÿ’“
At this practice, we are people caring for people. And I am extremely proud of that accomplishment. 2021 will not suck. ๐Ÿ’• #realtalk
#joannaclaustrodmd #teamclaustrodmd #bestdentist #bestdentalteam #dentalfamily #gratitude #bebetter #love #health #happiness #wellness #businessgoals #inspiresmiles #ewdavid #shittscreek #tusdm #tuftsdental #jumbos #ashburn #aldie #sterling #leesburg #loudoun #nova #dmv #dc #2021

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Jacob "Cobi" Citron!
Undergraduate Education: University of Maryland, College Park – B.S Psychology

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I chose Tufts because the diversity among the students and faculty gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in a warm and accepting environment each day, allowing me to reach my potential. I also really appreciate practicing the art of dentistry in Tufts' very modern facilities. Lastly, I was born in Boston while my dad was finishing his dental education at Tufts, so for me choosing Tufts naturally felt like returning to my roots.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: A fun fact about me is that I come from a family of dentists. My dad and his father (my Grandfather) are both general dentists; my mother is a dental hygienist, and my sister just began dental school!
Outside of school you can find me playing basketball and tennis with friends; or going on long walks while speaking to my grandparents, family, and friends that are all over America, Canada, and Europe giving me the opportunity to stay in touch while staying active (efficiency is key in dental school!).

#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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Hear how superstar Eleni will be using My Dental Key to prepare for this upcoming semester!

"Now that my fall semester is over, I am so looking forward to finally going back to school! We're going to be broken up into groups and rotate going into preclinic, to practice social distancing and keep within safety regulations. However, its been almost a year since I've practiced my hand skills and I feel like I've forgotten all the procedures I learned first year. That's why I'm going to be using My Dental Key for the next few weeks to brush up on my operative dentistry!! This is such a fantastic platform that explains everything you need to know about the operative procedures. They have diagrams, instructions, and video demonstrations. Everything is so nicely laid out on their website, and I am such a visual learner so it's so helpful for me to see, and understand the procedures. If you're starting out in the preclinic, or need a refresher on the procedures I highly recommend checking this website out! ๐Ÿ˜€ "

-Eleni Marie, TUSDM Class of 2023

#dentalschool #mydentalkey #dentalstudent #dentaleducation #dentalclinic #peopleofhealthcare #oralhealtheducation #futuredentist #predental #dentalassistant #dentaladmissiontest #dentalstudentthread #dentistry #dentalstudentlife #dentalhacks #tuftsdental #tusdm #dentalstudents #meded #dentalhydienist #educationalplatform #dentiststudent #teeth

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Gotta start them early. Heโ€™s taking appointments already, book early! #TuftsDental #TUSDM #Classof2044 ๐Ÿ˜


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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Sarina Punia!
Undergraduate Education: California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo B.S.

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: PR Committee for Special Smiles

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: TUSDM stood out to me due to it's emphasis on diversity and mind body wellness!

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I love books, wellness, & fitness! I've recently developed an interest in playing piano & cooking as well.

#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Ann Ruvolo!
Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts, Mount Saint Mary College

Graduate Education: Bachelor of Arts 2019

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Member of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: My favorite thing about TUSDM is the sense of community among the students. A reason why a chose TUSDM is the Mind, Body, & Wellness Program which promotes the mental health of their students as a priority.
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: A fun fact about myself is that I have never been on a plane but have traveled outside the country. Outside of school I am a huge animal lover, I enjoy drawing & painting, and I enjoy fitness & yoga.

#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

#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! ๐Ÿฆท๐Ÿ˜Š
#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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