Dr. Nicholas Gordon’s passion to serve the community was instilled long before his acceptance into dental school. The untimely death of Deamonte Driver, a boy who died from a tooth abscess, was the first event that compelled Gordon to become interested in understanding health disparities.
A joint effort between the School of Dental Medicine and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts, Dental Central, is helping to make service activities more accessible and to promote civic engagement.
Two years ago, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) sent a message to dental schools around the country: don’t forget the human element. Creating a culture of respect has emerged as a national priority in dental education.