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Volunteers Needed for the SNDA Impressions Program

On Saturday November 19th, the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) will be hosting the Impressions Program. The Impressions Program invites students from undergraduate institutions and high schools to TUSDM to expose them to the field of Read more…

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…

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Ian Stelzner!
Undergraduate Education: Marine Biology from University of New Hampshire

Graduate Education: Master's of Biomedical Science from Tufts

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: First Year Curriculum Committee Representative

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: Favorite thing about TUSDM: How welcoming everyone is here.
Why I chose TUSDM: I wanted to be in a big city atmosphere where you felt more like a community instead of a student at an academic institution.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I like to swim, bike, run, crossfit, and play hockey. I am hockey referee in my spare time

#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ โ€™๐™จ ๐™…๐™๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™Š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ , ๐™…๐™ช๐™–๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ!

Hometown: Weston, FL

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Cell + Tissue Biology Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? I love how picturesque all of Boston is! The architecture, parks, and nature all make my inner photographer happy. So far, I have been able to make great connections with fellow classmates. We have such a diverse class and Iโ€™ve had a blast learning more about other cultures/background as well as my own in the process! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I enjoy reading books and watching movies about space exploration. My favorite is called "Death by Black Hole" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I also love music- Muse, nothing but thieves, glass animals, The Killers, and BTS are some of my favorite bands!

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Itโ€™s Friday! And I canโ€™t think of a better way to end the week than spending time with Dr. Agarwal and the rest of our amazing team! โœจ

Patients have been delighted by Dr. Agarwalโ€™s kindness and gentle care. While she may not be as loud as me ๐Ÿ˜…, she shares the same passion for honest and comprehensive care, and she looks forward to earning your trust and building lasting relationships. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ

Hereโ€™s to the weekend ahead! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Mitchell Craig!
Undergraduate Education: University of Southern Maine
Human biology major

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Epidemiology Course liaison
Dental Anatomy TA

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: My favorite thing about TUSDM is/was working on new preps in preclin and joking around with people. I also like making quizlet sets (itโ€™s kind of my thing). I came here for school because I shadowed a Tufts alum when I was in undergrad. He seemed skilled and was very professional, which is what Iโ€™m aiming for.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Outside of school I enjoy playing guitar, going for walks around Boston, playing pool and doing jiu jitsu
#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ โ€™๐™จ ๐™…๐™๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™Š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ , ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™†๐™–๐™ ๐™ค๐™จ!

Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about TUSDM is without a doubt the people here. My classmates are the ideal people you want to surround yourself with throughout our dental education!

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I had a very brief stint with the Greek National Baseball Team, where I played in a prospect game in Windsor, Ontario. I also served as a team waterboy/hypeman/proud older brother for the Greek National Lacrosse Team, where my little brother plays as their starting Midfielder. Other than sports, I'm a huge Godzilla and Jurassic Park nerd and a big car guy as well!

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Victoria (Vicky) Park!!
Undergraduate Education: University of Maryland – College Park, General Biology

Graduate Education: Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Georgetown and George Mason University

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Secretary of KADA (Korean American Dental Association)
Research Scholar

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: One of the things that I highly admire about TUSDM is their commitment to diversity and inclusion in not only their curriculum, faculty, and student body, but also in their patient pool. Working with diverse groups of people, no matter who they are, what socioeconomic status, will always reminds me of why I want to pursue dentistry in the first place.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Fun fact about me – I've been to Honduras (twice) and Panama (once) for dental mission trips that provide rural communities with free dental care. Things I'm involved in outside of school – if we're talking about hobbies, I've been watching a lot of korean dramas and netflix, I like playing video games, going camping and hiking, traveling in general, and I like playing sports even though I might be the most unathletic person ever ๐Ÿ™‚

#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ โ€™๐™จ ๐™…๐™๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™Š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ , ๐™‡๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™–๐™ฃ!

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Social Chair for AAWD

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about Tufts is the wealth of knowledge that surrounds us as students. I love that I can walk up to any professor and just pick their brain. They are all so incredibly humble and helpful!

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? A fun fact about me is that I used to sing for Disney as a soprano in the Voices of Liberty. I also love to workout, play the guitar, and learn new languages!

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Marie Bierman!!
Undergraduate Education: Indiana University; BS Biology with a minor in Animal Behavior

Graduate Education: IUPUI; MS in Biological Studies

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts:
How willing to help everyone is. I never imagined moving away from home but Tufts really makes it feel like a family.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I raise, train, and show miniature, shetland, and hackney ponies.
#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Joseph Mulรฉ!
Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at CUNY's College of Staten Island

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: – Operative Dentistry Liaison
– Parent- Student Group Member

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts:
The day I came to visit TUSDM to be interviewed for admissions is the day I knew where I belonged for the next 4 years. It is the day that I discovered the perfect place for me to develop the academic knowledge, manual dexterity, and social skills to practice the beautiful art of dentistry to my best abilities. That day I had discovered the beautiful facilities, proactive administration, and close knit family values that TUSDM prioritizes.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Outside of school I balance my duties as a father to a 1 year old boy and as a partner to a V22 at Cummings school of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. I also enjoy making time for personal growth through outlets such as the gym, sports, and reading self-development books. #dentalstudent #dentallife #TUSDM

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Challenge time for all ASDA District 1 students! Photos posted from now until 5p EST will be entered into our grand prize drawing for a Universal 3-in-1 Wireless Docking Station Charger for your Apple Products. PLUS, one lucky winner will be selected to win a $25 gift card for "Best Creative Virtual Desk Space". #buasda #budental #uconnasda #tuftsasda #tuftsdental #uneasda #hsdm_asda #asdadistrict1. Follow EDIC on Instagram, post your photo and tag edicinsurance and use #edicinsurance

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๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ โ€™๐™จ ๐™…๐™๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™Š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™  ๐˜พ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ง๐™– ๐™€๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™™๐™ค!

Hometown: Temple, Texas

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: D24 HDA Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My two favorite things about Boston are the variety of good food e v e r y w h e r e and that people are always playing soccer somewhere! My favorite thing about Tufts are the OPPORTUNITIES. I love that Tufts offers students so many opportunities to become involved in areas they are passionate about such as community service, global service, advocacy, research, and health and wellness. In addition, there are so many opportunities for students to gain leadership experience by becoming involved in the numerous amount of organizations available. I feel like Tufts truly allows their students to cultivate their dental school experience in any way they choose so they can become the dental professional they want to be. I am sooooo thankful to be here!!

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? When I am not studying, I enjoy exploring everything Boston has to offer despite COVID! I enjoy trying new restaurants, bakeries, bars, and cafes. I also enjoy exploring parks and landmarks with my dog, Kobi. Some of my other hobbies include working out, running, playing soccer, reading, hanging with friends, listening to podcasts, and anything adventurous!
#FinallyMadeAnInstagram: c.me.dmd24

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Challenge time for all ASDA District 1 students! Follow the rules. Photos posted during the designated time of day will be entered into our grand prize drawing for a Universal 3-in-1 Wireless Docking Station Charger for your Apple Products. PLUS, one lucky winner will be selected to win a $25 gift card for "Best Creative Virtual Desk Space". #buasda #budental #uconnasda #tuftsasda #tuftsdental #uneasda #hsdm_asda #asdadistrict1

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Tamara Biary
Undergraduate Education: Chemistry Major, Wellesley College

Graduate Education: Masters of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: D23 Class Vice President
Research Scholar

Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I absolutely love the sense of community and friendships fostered at TUSDM. The people here have really made my dental education memorable. I am grateful to be surrounded by talented and caring students. We all want to help each other succeed in whatever way: teaching each other how to drill and fill, forming study groups, sharing resources, getting each other coffee between lectures, and always learning from one another.

I am challenged to learn comprehensive material in dentistry, while also getting an advanced hands-on training. I am being equipped with the knowledge and skillset to become a well-rounded dentist and healthcare provider. I am thankful for my Tufts family.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I love traveling and exploring new cities every year. I enjoy visiting historical sites/ museums in each destination and trying the local cuisine. I enjoy outdoor activities and staying active (hiking, running, biking, walking).
Family quality time is very important to me as well.

#DentalStudent #DentalLife #TUSDM

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๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™…๐™๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™Š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ , ๐™•๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก!

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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