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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: George Murphy!
Undergraduate Education 4 degrees, Active RDH
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: Best Option Available ! in the North East. . All in One building
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Car stuff, Father, Plays Playstation
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Richard Peterson!
Undergraduate Education:University of California, San Diego: Biochemistry and Cell Biology (B.S.) & Study of Religion (B.A.)
Graduate Education: Point Loma Nazarene University: General Biology (M.S.)
Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: D23 Curriculum Chair
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts:I appreciate Tuft's focus on wellness, whether it be our own wellness as a student or the overall wellness of our patients through the comprehensive care that we provide. I think that focusing the overall being rather than just compartmentalized aspects is very important for the way we look at education and healthcare in the future. Beyond that, I feel like how I ended up at Tufts was rather preordained. When I first started to consider dentistry back in 2011, I googled "What classes do I need to take to get into dental school" and the Tufts Admissions page was the first link I clinked. Then when I came here to interview, later that day I was walking the freedom trail and bumped into my aunt (also from California) on vacation and we had no idea either of us were here at the same. In a way I feel like I was always supposed to go here.
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: When I'm in not in school I enjoy running. I go running most days of the week, even if it's cold. I find it to be very meditative. I also enjoy going to breweries to try local beer, and taking slow meandering strolls through used bookstores to see what I can find.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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Lunch with a couple of the newly minted TUSDM docs before they leave boston. #tusdm #tuftssnda

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Donโ€™t you just love post workout photos ๐Ÿ˜’
Regardless, this event was amazing and the #tusdm crew came pumped and ready to go ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ
Nationwide people rode together to raise money for Parkinsonโ€™s today. There was so much strength and energy in the room you could feel it walking in. #parkinsonsrevolution #futuregarcinidmd

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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™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™– ๐™. ๐™†๐™š๐™ฎ๐™จ!

Hometown: Long Beach, CA; Jackson, MS; New Orleans, LA

Position of leadership at TUSDM: SNDA D24 Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about Tufts is that we have access to sooooooo many resources. Every time I turn around, Iโ€™m learning about another beneficial resource.
My favorite thing about Boston most definitely has to be the architecture. My first time in Boston was in 2014 for a graduation and the one thing that constantly stood out was the interesting architecture.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I love my pup, Opal. She really is the dog version of me. I love, love, love, love running and the outdoors. I also put 3 places as my hometown because I was born in New Orleans then moved to CA, but I literally visited/lived in all three places. I have had the beautiful opportunity to be influenced in all ways by all 3 cities as well.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Hereโ€™s to the blue crew. What a year weโ€™ve been thru in our first year in dental school but thereโ€™s no stopping us! Glad to have such an awesome class! #tusdm #tusdm24 #futuregarcinidmd

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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™จ๐™จ๐™– ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™™!

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? The Energy. The city is always active and thriving. Itโ€™s very different from my quiet town in Florida.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I used to be a Youtuber who made compilations of Twitch Streamers. I had a few videos with over a million views.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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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™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ!

Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: D24 Wellness Representative, ASDA Events & External Affairs Vice Chair

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about Tufts is the people! I love being surrounded by such hard-working, passionate, and dynamic people. In Boston, my favorite thing is the food! There are so many great places and it's always a fun break from school to try somewhere new.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? A fun fact about me is that my favorite food is fried chicken and is the thing I miss most about Alabama (besides my family, of course). My hobbies include reading, cooking, and exploring Boston when I can!

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Corin Kwasnik!
Undergraduate Education: Exercise Science- Montana State University
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I chose TUSDM because of the family connection and global relationships individuals create.
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I am the youngest of 15 siblings.
I have climbed the tallest mountain in North America, Europe, and Africa.
One day during quarantine, I hiked for 63 miles and gained over 16,000 ft. without stopping (time: 25:45:00).
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ '๐™จ ๐™…๐™๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™Š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ , ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™ž ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก !

Hometown: Waltham, MA

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Pulmonary Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? I love how there are so many things to do based on how the seasons change! From snowboarding to going to the beach, there's so much to do. Also the sports teams, best in the country. Lastly, I love all the different types of restaurants, I love food!

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Fun fact: I'm blocked on Instagram by Tom Brady
Hobbies: watching movies, snowboarding, eating, and napping!

#tusdmย #dentalcentral

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SOULFUL SUNDAY:
Friends are invaluable and are by your side through it all. Grateful feelings today for all the friends that I have been privileged to have in my circle! ๏ฟผ Itโ€™s lifeโ€™s chapters, that bind you for a lifetime . Love all those smiling faces!( photo from 2018, and still going strong)๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ
Diane Bonanni, DMD http://www.StonehamCosmeticDentist.com

#TUSDM #TuftsUniversity #dentalschool #classmates #womenindentistry #friendsforever #friends #dentist #reunion

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Claudia C. Martinez!
Undergraduate Education: Psychology B.S. at Syracuse University
Graduate Education: Biomedical Sciences M.S. at Barry University
Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Secretary of Alpha Omega
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I've always wanted to go to school in Boston and when I looked into the program at Tufts I feel in love. TUSDM is one big family where everyone wants everyone to succeed. It's a place that has turned into a second home where I am constantly motivated and in awe of my classmates and all their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. Seeing them succeed only encourages me to succeed.
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I'm a registered poll worker
I've been zip-lining in Costa Rica
I've seen an active volcano in Hawaii
I love to spend time with my family, read, travel, watch TV, and spend as much time on the ocean as possible.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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Very honored to have been featured on tuftsaawd Instagram this week.
#aawd, #americanacademyofwomendentists, #dentistry, #tufts, #tuftsdental, #tusdm, #tusdmalumni

For Teacher appreciation week we asked our lovely mentor Professor, Dr. Talmo, why she decided to go into teaching. This was her response:

โ€œI teach because I love the profession of dentistry and want to share that enthusiasm with the next generation of dentists. ย I enjoy working hands on with students in the patient care setting and guiding them through the practice of clinical dentistry, imparting tips and tricks whenever I can. ย It is with great pride that I witness students evolve in their conceptual understanding and clinical skill level. When I was a dental student I was fortunate enough to have been taught by outstanding faculty members. ย I was also lucky enough to have my father, Paul Talmo, D56, as a mentor. ย Surviving the rigors of dental school is enormously challenging. ย If I can do one thing to lessen that struggle for a student, as my instructors did for me, I feel gratified. ย And so, in my own way, I also teach to help sustain the legacy of those who came before me and to maintain the Tufts tradition of clinical excellence.โ€ #tuftsdental #teacherappreciationweek #aawd

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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™๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ!

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: ASDA District 1 Advocacy Vice Chair and
ASDA Tufts Fundraising Committee Member

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? Even though I'm from California, my parent's grew up here in Boston so it's nice to get to live where they lived! There is so much history in Boston, it' amazing that we get to live in a city that has been around since the 1600s and is still an integral part of so much reform.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Fun Fact about me is that I'm a Tufts Legacy! My maternal grandfather graduated from TUSDM in 1956 and I am proud to be following in his footsteps. Also for hobbies, I really like to paint and scrapbook ๐Ÿค—

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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๐Ÿงผ Cherishing Chinatown ๐ŸŽ as AAPI month started several classmates and I did a block clean up and gardening/replanting across Chinatown. What a fun time! Lots of members from the community were very grateful and some even joined! Canโ€™t wait to do it again!
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#cleanupcrew #futuregarcinidmd #dentistsgiveback #active #fitgirl #community #chinatown #tusdm #love #instagood

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