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ADA FDI World Dental Congress and ACD Induction Ceremony

Former Dean Lonnie Norris and Current Dean Nadeem Karimbux with TUSDM alumni and faculty inducted into the ACD.

Members of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) community attended the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco September 4–8. Dean and Professor of Periodontology Nadeem Karimbux and several TUSDM faculty and alumni were inducted into the American College of Dentists (ACD), the oldest national honorary dental organization in a ceremony held September 5. Congratulations to Dean Karimbux; Drs. Constantinos G. Laskarides; Gina M. Terenzi; Carroll-Ann Trotman, and the following alumni: Geraldine C. Garcia-Rogers (D94); Rebekah Lucier-Pryles (D11, DG13); Nishan Odabashian (D91); Steve Rubin (D75), flag bearer for the ceremony; and Paul C. Schoenbeck (D94).


TUSDM's First-Ever DentalFest: A Success

DentalFest organizers - Photo Credit: Jeff Murat of Dental Research Administration

On September 7, TUSDM hosted its first-ever “DentalFest” competition! In this special event, 12 teams of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students participated in entertaining and educational dental-related challenges such as a patient-provider role play; tooth identification; the creation of a video encouraging children to brush their teeth; dental trivia; and more. The top three teams competed in a championship round in which they answered questions in a “Dental Family Feud” format. All participants did terrifically well; the winning teams were:

  • 1st place: Camille Neste-Laboy, Najmeh Esmaeilnejadganji, and Yolanda Ho (all DG20)
  • 2nd place: Rachelle Cadet, Gynnekia Booth, and Kristin Bradley (all D20)
  • 3rd place: Siobhian Sprott (DG20), Claire Park (DG21), and Michelle Vo (DG20)

DentalFest was hosted by TUSDM’s Division of Biostatistics and Experimental Design (Drs. Matthew Finkelman, Britta Magnuson, Sarah Pagni, and Shruti Jain) along with fellow team members Dr. Joanne Falzone, David Alpert, Romina Aznavaleh, Jacksyn Clanton, Devon Ptak, Annie Rao, and Lemma Salem. The event sparked a fun, energetic, and community-oriented atmosphere among participants, faculty judges, and other volunteers. It also included a fundraising component and raised approximately $2200 to benefit three TUSDM outreach programs (Sharewood, Tufts Dental Facilities, and Give Kids a Smile) via a raffle and support from the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who attended!

Service With A Smile

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Gerard Kugel, Kathy Dolan, Jesse Huston (D19), Keith Nguyen (D20), Brent Mullen (D20), Kevin Kim (D21), and Dr. John Morgan.

Service With A Smile, a project created by D20 students and veterans (US Army) Brent Mullen and Keith Nguyen, is up and running. Professor Kathy Dolan, Sam Sauers (D20), and many Tufts School of Dental Medicine faculty supported the project.

Service With A Smile provides dental education and screenings to the 250 veterans who are temporarily or permanently residing at the New England Center and Home for Veterans (NECHV). The TUSDM team travels to NECHV twice a month to offer veterans oral health education, oral cancer screenings, dental supplies, and referral services and follow-ups.

Mullen and Nguyen organized a school team for the 2018 and 2019 Boston Marathon Ruck March, a 26.2 mile Ruck March carrying a 15 or 35 lb. ruck sack, to raise awareness for Service With A Smile. Through the Ruck March, they raised $39,000 for Military Friends Foundation and donated 1,700 pounds of food to NECHV.

In recognition of their work in support of our veterans, Mullen and Nguyen, along with Dean of Admissions and Student Services Dr. Robert Kasberg and Professor of Public Health and Community Service Dr

. Charles Rankin were celebrated as Celtics’ “Heroes Among Us."

Dr. Melissa Ing Leads Mini Medical School at the Boston Museum of Science

Dr. Melissa Ing with participants in the Mini Medical School Program at the Boston Museum of Science.

On July 16, Dr. Melissa Ing, Associate Professor of Comprehensive Care, and TUSDM faculty and students presented the Mini Medical School Program to middle school students at the Boston Museum of Science. Designed by Dr. Ing, the program aims to inspire students’ interest in STEM fields, including dentistry. Students practiced learning how to suture, using a banana as a prop, casting a broken arm, and being instructed on CPR as well as how to measure blood pressure and pulse. The TUSDM facilitators also taught the students about tick-borne diseases, head and neck anatomy, cariology, and dental forensics.

Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman Leads Humanitarian Mission to the Dominican Republic

Hispanic International Mission Delegates at Boston Logan Airport

July 27 through August 4, Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman, Associate Professor of Periodontology, led the Hispanic International Mission to the Dominican Republic, accompanied by general dentist Dr. Zuzana Mendez (DI08 and DG97); Dr. Reimy Evangelista (2G), postgraduate student from the Department of Craniofacial Pain; Rayana Martins RDH, Hygienist from the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic; and Anita Miller, Dental Assistant from the Department of Radiology. During the trip, 375 patients were seen; all care was provided at the "World Grace Mission" in Santo Domingo - Villa Mella, Dominican Republic. Hispanic International Mission is planning to go back next year to follow up with patients and enjoy the lasting friendship of those they have encountered in the Dominican Republic.

Global Service Learning Program in Zambia

The Tufts-Zambian Team

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) is very proud of the Global Service Learning (GSL) program. The program in Zambia has been longstanding and has a scope and sophistication that reflects the many years of development by program director, Dr. John Morgan, Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Service.

July 12–August 4, 2019, TUSDM students Amanjot K. Sarao and Se Ha Park (both D20) and Adwoa Baidoo, Joyce Forbes, and Chardai Lyde (D21) took part in a Global Service Learning trip to Zambia led by Dr. Morgan. Nancy Marks, Tisch/TUSDM Community Service Coordinator & Liaison for the Tisch/TUSDM initiative, assisted the team. The Global Service Learning team collaborated with the Zambian Ministry of Health. TUSDM also gratefully acknowledges the generous support from the Henry Schein Company.

This outreach focused on two rural and underserved communities: Muchila, within the District of Namwala in the Southern Province, and Mfuwe, within the Mawbwe District in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Tufts worked closely with the Ministry of Health in Zambia; faculty and dental students from the Dental Training School in the capital, Lusaka; local health district leaders; and local dentists and dental therapists, who provide more basic dental care. The Tufts-Zambian team reached 2,343 people in total: focusing on oral health education and prevention for 850 children at primary and secondary schools and providing education, prevention, oral screenings and selected scaling, restoration, and extraction services to 1,493 people.

Dr. Morgan worked with the Zambian Ministry of Health’s Director of Clinical Services and Diagnostic Sciences to establish a description of services and a Mission of Understanding (MOU) prior to the trip. Additionally, he worked with the administrative leaders of the Dental Training School to recruit dental therapists. Meetings with the Medical Director in the District of Namwala and collaboration with a dental therapist who traveled with the team to the village of Muchila, collected data, and reported it back to the Ministry of Health were critical. In the Mambwe District, Tufts had meetings with the Medical Director of the Komoto Hospital. In Mfuwe, the group worked directly with a local dentist and dental therapists.

Community engagement was key to the success of the project in Muchila. A local community liaison and translator enabled Tufts to develop strong relationships with the community. The Oral Health Volunteers, developed by Dr. Morgan and the Dental Training School in Lusaka, allowed for 10 Oral Health Volunteers to be selected in Muchila to collect data on people’s oral health and further educate their communities. Two of these Oral Health Volunteers will be selected to attend the Dental Training School in the capital Lusaka. The Oral Health Volunteers program is fundamental to the success of the project in Muchila.

In addition to seeking to provide dental care to the most people, the participants used the project as a model for analyzing communities’ needs at the local level and communicating this information to the Ministry of Health with the goal of improving conditions for the long term. The following data was reported to the Zambian Ministry of Health: 650 patients seen in Namwala, 650 patients seen in Muchila, and 200 patients seen in Mfuwe. Through a sophisticated screening protocol, the Tufts-Zambian team collected data on the presence of fluorosis; gingival/periodontal health; caries risk; severity of treatment needed; and the preventative and restorative surgery treatments provided. This information will help inform the Ministry of Health’s work in determining communities’ needs. For example, certain communities may need their water monitored for excessive fluoride content, some might have a dire need to see a dentist for the relief of pain and infection, or some communities may need protocols set to incorporate more oral health education. Dr. Morgan looks forward to further development of this important collaboration in the future.

The students who went on the Global Service Learning Trip to Zambia will be giving a presentation on Tuesday, October 22 from 12–1 p.m. in Rachel’s Auditorium. All members of the Tufts community are welcome to attend.

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