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Community Service Opportunities

Dental Central
Dental Central Contact: Nancy Marks, Tisch College/TUSDM Community Service Learning Program A hub for faculty to view activities of students and their organizations, Dental Central offers a weekly email post on Mondays to notify the Tufts dental school community of upcoming community and cultural events both here and abroad. Participation in the voluntary community-based outreach activities and experiences is encouraged.
Global Service Learning

Contact: 
Dr. John Morgan, Professor & Director of Special Projects and Global Service Learning, Department of Public Health & Community Service

GSL programs provide students cross cultural and clinical experience in selected sites that include the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Peru, Nicaragua and Zambia. Length of service varies from seven days to three weeks. Faculty participate in a Global Service Educational program and supervise students during field experiences at participating international sites. All programs are self-funded.

Student reflections & additional information can be found on the Dental Central website.

Josiah Quincy Elementary School-Based Oral Health Services Program

Contact:

Kathryn Dolan, Assistant Professor & Director of Tufts Community Dental Program

Pediatric clinical rotation where primarily oral health care is provided to school children in elementary school in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood.

Non-Curricular Community Service Opportunities

Contact:
Nancy Marks, Tisch College/TUSDM Community Service Learning Program 

TUSDM has a very active student body involved in community service. While many students are involved through a student club, some take self initiative on their own and create events tailored to a specific community’s needs including: screenings at health fairs, schools, assisted living facilities, etc. Because some students are unaffiliated, we occasionally need faculty mentors for these events.

Oral Health Career Mentorship Program

Oral Health Career Mentorship Program

Contact: 
Elizabeth Costa, Practice Manager, Department of Public Health and Community Service

Dr. Gina Terenzi, Associate Professor & Director of General Practice Residency in Dentistry, Department of Public Health & Community Service

The Advanced General Dentistry (AGD) program at TUSDM has mentorship program opportunities to help provide interested Undergraduate Predoctoral students and DMD candidate counseling for oral health career and post graduate general dentistry education options. Interested students and prospective AGD candidates are paired with program faculty and post graduate residents for one-to-one or group sessions to learn more about advanced education in oral health, populations served, including those with special needs, within the context of public health dentistry. Candidates are welcome for a meet, greet and lunch time session with a tour of the facilities.

Oral Health Promotion Course
Contact: Kathryn Dolan, Assistant Professor & Director of Tufts Community Dental Program, Department of Public Health & Community Service The didactic lecture course for 1st year students instituted a Civic Engagement and Community Service component requiring participation in a student self-selected activity and submission of a reflection paper. The course requires each student to spend up to 10 hours outside of the classroom participating in oral health promotion / dental public health activities and submission of a reflection report that summarizes the experience(s).
Sharewood Project

Contact: 
Dr. John Morgan, Professor & Director of Special Projects and Global Service Learning, Department of Public Health & Community Service
Dr. David Leader, Lead Practice Coordinator, Director of the DMD/MPH Dual Degree Program, Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care

Under faculty guidance, TUSDM students provide oral health education, prevention strategies, evaluations including oral cancer screenings and referrals for dental treatment. The project serves as a Community Service Learning (CSL) opportunity for students to serve in a public health capacity while cultivating their interest for health care service and gaining an appreciation for health advocacy as part of their dental education and professional development. Outreach occurs Tuesday evenings.

Service with a Smile

Contact:
Kathryn Dolan, Assistant Professor & Director of Tufts Community Dental Program, Department of Public Health & Community Service

Under faculty guidance, TUSDM students provide oral health education, oral hygiene instruction, oral cancer screenings, oral health evaluations and referrals for dental treatment at the New England Center and Home for Veterans. The project serves as a Community Service Learning (CSL) opportunity for students to serve in a public health capacity while cultivating their interest in health care service and gaining an appreciation for health advocacy as part of their dental education and professional development. Outreach occurs Tuesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.

Special Care Rotation

Contact:  

Dr. Darren Drag, Assistant Professor & Director of Tufts Dental Facilities for Persons with Special Needs (TDF), Department of Public Health & Community Service

Year-4 dental students provide oral health care to special needs adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities at designated facilities in Massachusetts. The result of a contractual partnership between the TUSDM and MassHealth, this program is nationally recognized and the largest of its kind serving more than 7,000 patients per year. Onsite engagement brings a range of opportunity for faculty.

Student Organizations

Contact:
Nancy Marks, Tisch College/TUSDM Community Service Learning Program
Karen Alexander, Associate Director of Student Affairs

There are approximately two dozen student organizations, nearly half of which are involved in public health, community engagement activities and projects. Faculty advisors provide an important mentorship role for some and there are projects the students are involved in that provide opportunity for involvement.