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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…

D17s at Cradles to Crayons

  Last spring, a group of 14 D17 students volunteered with the non-profit organization, Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations throughout Read more…

ASDA Event: Vermont Special Olympics

ASDA is currently looking for volunteers to help out with oral health screenings at the Vermont Special Olympics on Saturday, May 31st. The event will be a 3 day commitment with transportation, food, and lodging Read more…

ASDA Smile, Care and Share Program

Ever wondered if there’s a way to stand out as a community service member, even with the extraordinarily complex schedule of a dental student? Something that requires less than one hour of your time, including Read more…

TUSDM Social Wall

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How is it end of July already?๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

And like that Iโ€™m almost done with my first month of Endodontics residency and it has been one of the BUSIEST months ever๐Ÿฅต

We basically hit the ground running since day 1. Full days of zoom classes with all the post-graduates, Intro to Endodontics filled with loads of clinical information with squeezed in sessions of assisting PGY2 and practicing on extracted teeth using microscopes๐Ÿ”ฌ

A good word weโ€™ve been using to describe our lives is โ€œbootcampโ€. Bootcamp of all the possible information that weโ€™ll need before starting clinic & 1.5 hrs of zoom classes to re-learn some of the classes we took in dental school in less than 6 weeksโ€ฆ Ppt slides are accumulating exponentially as I speak๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I get a planner every year and I basically havenโ€™t really used one for last 2-3 years and now itโ€™s COMPLETELY FILLED with assignments, presentations, exams and possible lecture captures (because I zoned out after first half of the zoom classes๐Ÿ˜ถโ€๐ŸŒซ๏ธ)

But the classes are coming to an end by early August and we had our chairemony! (yes we get our very own operatories!๐Ÿ’บ)
Soon weโ€™ll be seeing patients!๐Ÿค“๐Ÿฆท

Didnโ€™t have much of a summer but itโ€™s all worth it๐Ÿฅฐ (it rained all of July in Boston anyways๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฅฒ) Hopefully weโ€™ll all get to enjoy August a little more๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’–

#dentist #endodontics #dentalresident #residentlife #dental #residency #zoom #zoomclasses #thankgod #novideosat8am #femaledentist #tuftsdental #tusdm
#์น˜๊ณผ #์น˜๊ณผ์˜์‚ฌ #๋ ˆ์ง€๋˜ํŠธ #์‹ ๊ฒฝ์น˜๋ฃŒ๊ณผ #๊ทผ๊ด€์น˜๋ฃŒํ•™ #ํ•œ๊ตญ๋ง๋กœ๋„˜์–ด๋ ต #๋งˆ์ด์• ๋ฏธ๋•Œ๊ฐ€๊ทธ๋ฆฝ๋‹ค #๋ฐ์ผ๋ฆฌ #์ผ์ƒ

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โœจ1st Day of Dental Schoolโœจ

Words can not explain how excited I am to start at Tufts. It has been a long journey, but my steps are guided by God and Iโ€™ve not been steered wrong thus far!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ On to the next chapter! โœจ

DMD Loadingโ€ฆ ๐Ÿฆท

#TUSDM #TuftsDental #blackdentalstudent

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Ashley Makala!
Undergraduate Education: University of Georgia, Public Health
Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: SNDA Community Service Chair
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: It's exhausting when you're not being yourself. From the interview, I knew I wanted to go to Tufts because I didn't have to pretend to be someone else. Students and faculty truly want to get to know who you are. Whether it's Mrs. Maria greeting you on the 6th floor after a long day in pre-clin or getting to catch up with classmates, Tufts truly promotes a familial experience!
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Fun fact — I've lived in four different continents. Other fun facts — When I'm not in school, I enjoy exploring and traveling around town (especially by checking out the best spots to eat). Whether it's playing an instrument (piano/clarinet) or going to concerts/shows, music has always been a big part of my life.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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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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