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

The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Madison Park Vocational High School Mentorship Exchange Program started in 2013 as a Schweitzer project of Alexandra Bassett, D’14.

Join us and make a difference in someone’s career!

Through this program, Tufts Dental students work with students from Madison Park High School. Madison Park Technical Vocational High School is a public high school located in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Madison Park offers a variety of vocational options, including medical and dental assisting, and gives the students the opportunity to explore these career options.

Goals of the program:

    • Provide connections, confidence, and skills to high school students that are interested in the field of dentistry.
    • Give the teenage youth of Boston a stronger understanding of healthcare and how to better serve their communities.
    • Encourage Tufts students to mentor and educate vocational high school students who are interested in a career in dentistry, hygiene, or dental assisting.

What Tuft Dental Mentors are saying about their experience:

“This mentorship program really benefits both sides. The high school students learn hands-on about dentistry and I learn four-handed dentistry! I’ve molded my mentee into a fantastic assistant—skills she can take with her.”- Tufts Dental Student, D15

“Giving these students a foot in the door to pursue a career in dentistry is fulfilling. The Boston community deserves more programs like this.”- Tufts Dental Student, D15

“I joined the Madison Park mentorship program because I was lucky enough to have a mentor and I know how much it means to have someone to look up to.”- Tufts Dental Student, D15

Becoming a mentor and sharing your resources is truly a rewarding experience.

Workshops and Events

Weekly: Madison Park students assist in the Tufts UG clinic Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-12pm. Mentors are encouraged to mentor a student even if they don’t have a scheduled appointment! (Ie. Lab Work, review radiographs/dental procedures)

Bi-monthly: Mentor Luncheons are held twice a month on Thursdays 12-1pm. Lunch is provided. Date and Locations will be scheduled on the events calendar.

Click here and sign up to be a mentor! (Insert Google Doc sign up sheet link)

Our Officers:

  • Faculty Advisor: Natalie Hagel, RDH
  • Project LeadersElena Ciciolla (D’15) and Tracy Tat (D’15)
  • Clinical Support Manager: Paula Callahan
  • Madison Park Faculty Advisor: Ruby Elder-Bush, Dental Assisting teacher, Emily Medina (Dental Assisting teacher)
  • Lead Mentors:  Pavandeep Birk (D’15), Pei Jung (D’15), Taylor Newman (D’15), Jasveen Singh (D’15), Mitzi Liu (D’15), Amanda Merikas (D’15), Christine Cun (D’15)

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