Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.Β 


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…

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…

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𝑴𝒆𝒆𝒕 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’˜π’†π’†π’Œβ€™π’” 𝑱𝑼𝑴𝑩𝑢 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’†π’†π’Œ, π‘ͺπ’‰π’“π’Šπ’”π’•π’Šπ’π’† 𝑳𝒆𝒆!

Hometown: Elkridge, Maryland

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: ASDA District 1 Sustainability and Diversity vice chair, Special Smiles outreach committee

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? I am inspired, supported, and uplifted by the community at Tufts and that has meant a lot to me as I navigate a new chapter of my life in a new city. I feel really lucky to have the resources and opportunities at Tufts to grow into the well-rounded dental providers we all aspire to be. My favorite thing about Boston is the mix of cultures and history that make Boston the unique city that it is.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Art has always been a part of my life growing up and now it's my favorite way to relax and create space for myself. I also love hiking and spending time outdoors!

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Keep calm, we’re gonna be doctors🦷❀️ #blackdentists #TUSDM #D25 #ILoveUs #itstheblackexcellenceformeπŸ‘πŸ½

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𝑴𝒆𝒆𝒕 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’˜π’†π’†π’Œβ€™π’” 𝑱𝑼𝑴𝑩𝑢 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’†π’†π’Œ, π‘²π’šπ’π’‚ π‘Ίπ’‚π’Žπ’‘π’”π’π’!

Hometown: Worcester MA

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about Boston is Fenway Park. I had a chance to get to a baseball game with my Tufts VIP family recently and just had such a blast! Also, the food scene is great here and I look forward to trying many more restaurants! I also really enjoy the Commons. It is so peaceful to just sit and people watch with a cup of coffee.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? My favorite things to do are gardening, baking, and playing with my dog. I love spending time with my family since they are only in Worcester and my friends from school around here. I also love introducing my husband to Boston since he isn’t from here. I haven’t lived in MA for the last 10 years so it has been great to be back!

#RDHtoDMD #RDHb4DMD #nontraditionaldentalstudent #girlgang #dentalschool #futuredentist #womenindentistry #dontgiveup #followyourdreams #youcanhaveitall
#tusdm #dentalcentral

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𝑴𝒆𝒆𝒕 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’˜π’†π’†π’Œβ€™π’” 𝑱𝑼𝑴𝑩𝑢 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’†π’†π’Œ, 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒉 𝑴𝒂𝒑𝒑!

Hometown: Barbados

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: ADEA predental committee and Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? At Tufts I enjoy being surrounded by supportive, ambitious and understanding individuals, who inspire me to step out of my comfort zone. Amongst the diversity and abundant opportunities, I appreciate the emphasis that TUSDM places on mind and body wellness. It has taught me the importance of a balanced lifestyle. Outside of Tufts, a few of my go to's in Boston are going out to eat with friends, summer activities by the water and last but not least, self-care days at the salon because it's a must as a dental student.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I was born and raised in Barbados and moved to the US when I was 16yrs old. In addition to my culture, I've always enjoyed learning about Spanish culture. During undergrad I chose to minor in Spanish to improve my fluency and I had an amazing experience studying abroad in Madrid.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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#tbt to August 2019, our last Global Service Learning trip to the Dominican Republic. Covid has since shut down these outreach programs but we all remain hopeful that they will eventually be restored. In the meantime, the memories of repairing handpieces with Dr. Theodore will just have to sustain us.
#tufts, #tuftsdental, #tuftsuniversity, #tusdm, #servicetoothers, #globalservicelearning, #dominicanrepublic, #dentist, #dentalservicetrip, #teeth

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𝑴𝒆𝒆𝒕 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’˜π’†π’†π’Œβ€™π’” 𝑱𝑼𝑴𝑩𝑢 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’†π’†π’Œ, 𝑲𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝑩𝒖𝒕𝒍𝒆𝒓!

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Secretary/Treasurer of the LDS Academy of Dentists
Liaison for OMF Radiology

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? Living in Boston has been such a great adventure to explore the rich history of the area, and the amazing landscapes, lakes, rivers and beaches. Being able to go to Tufts and have my name associated with such a tradition of excellence is a real treat. I love how they are training us not only to be great Dentists, but great people and leaders in the community.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I really enjoy running, cycling, playing baseball, or really any kind of outdoor sports. I enjoy singing and playing the piano, but my favorite thing is being able to do all of those things with my wife and daughters. That’s true happiness.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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The future Dr. Angela Thach!!
Angela spent the last year with us as a Dental Assistant/COVID Compliance Person/Receptionist/Sterilization Aficionado and all over amazing member of our team.
She’s off to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine – Drs. Clancy and Doe are happy she’s joining their Alma mater! #newburyportdentalassociates #newburyportdental #welovetoseeyousmile #drangelathach #wemissyou #tusdm #tuftsdentalschool #tuftsdental

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It’s the last day of our Social Media Challenge!!!

Today’s Challenge: Post a selfie of you and your favorite landmark to Boston πŸ† πŸ“Έ Don’t forget to tag tuftsasda #asdafever #asdafeverweek #tuftsasda #bewell #dentalstudents

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When I'm reminded why I love what I do.
#dentist #dental #dentistry #dentalschool #dentalstudent #tusdm #tuftsdental

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First day of classes | ✌🏻

The day has finally come where I am officially a dental student! Wow, I can’t believe this day has finally come. At the start of this Instagram account, I was a pre-dental student trying to navigate the application portal and not knowing if I would have a successful cycle. And here I am sitting in one of the seats at dental school!

The entire week of orientation felt like I was in a dream and had to keep reminding myself that this was real. The energy from my classmates was crazy and I could tell each one of us worked hard to get to this point. I know we’ll succeed to become amazing dentists πŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Of course, the first class was clinical anatomy and I’m already overwhelmed πŸ˜‚ (I went to the library three times already and made friends with the security guard hahaha I will definitely be there often). I used to study here for the DAT so it feels surreal to be studying actual dental school material in the same seat 😱 I’m afraid, excited, and nervous but truly so grateful to be part of the class of 2025. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else hehe

So here’s to another 4 years in Boston and to year 1!

Peep our class scrub color wine 🍷 what’s even more special is that one of my friends who graduated from Tufts Dental, this was her class color hehe

#tusdm #D1 #d2025 #predental #dmd #firstday #wine #nontraditional #dentist #obligatoryscrubphoto

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How is it end of July already?πŸ€¨πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

And like that I’m almost done with my first month of Endodontics residency and it has been one of the BUSIEST months everπŸ₯΅

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 microscopesπŸ”¬

A good word we’ve been using to describe our lives is β€œbootcamp”. Bootcamp of all the possible information that we’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 weeks… Ppt slides are accumulating exponentially as I speak😬

I get a planner every year and I basically haven’t really used one for last 2-3 years and now it’s COMPLETELY FILLED with assignments, presentations, exams and possible lecture captures (because I zoned out after first half of the zoom classesπŸ˜Άβ€πŸŒ«οΈ)

But the classes are coming to an end by early August and we had our chairemony! (yes we get our very own operatories!πŸ’Ί)
Soon we’ll be seeing patients!πŸ€“πŸ¦·

Didn’t have much of a summer but it’s all worth itπŸ₯° (it rained all of July in Boston anywaysπŸ˜‚πŸ₯²) Hopefully we’ll all get to enjoy August a little moreπŸ˜ŽπŸ’–

#dentist #endodontics #dentalresident #residentlife #dental #residency #zoom #zoomclasses #thankgod #novideosat8am #femaledentist #tuftsdental #tusdm
#치과 #μΉ˜κ³Όμ˜μ‚¬ #λ ˆμ§€λ˜νŠΈ #μ‹ κ²½μΉ˜λ£Œκ³Ό #κ·Όκ΄€μΉ˜λ£Œν•™ #ν•œκ΅­λ§λ‘œλ„˜μ–΄λ ΅ #λ§ˆμ΄μ• λ―Έλ•Œκ°€κ·Έλ¦½λ‹€ #데일리 #일상

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✨1st Day of Dental School✨

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 I’ve not been steered wrong thus far!πŸ™πŸΎ On to the next chapter! ✨

DMD Loading… 🦷

#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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