The Tufts Experience

Carrie Garinger, Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Carrie Garinger“Take advantage of the opportunity you have to get to know some of the exceptional faculty, staff and administration here at TUSDM.”

Briefly describe your life before coming to Tufts.
Before joining the admissions office at TUSDM, I was living in Portland, ME and working in the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs at my undergraduate institution, Bates College. Prior to working at Bates, I had spent my first few years after college working at the Chewonki Foundation, an Environmental Education center in Wiscasset, ME. During the school year, I worked with middle school and high school students teaching natural history lessons and engaging them in team building exercises. In the summers, I guided extended sea kayaking trips (3.5 weeks) on the coast of Maine for high school students.

After nearly two years of working as the Admissions Officer at TUSDM, I moved over to the Office of Student Affairs and took on the position of Assistant Director of Student Affairs.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Take advantage of the opportunity you have to get to know some of the exceptional faculty, staff, and administration here at TUSDM. Students can learn a lot and be exposed to some fantastic learning and professional development opportunities by getting involved with the faculty mentorship program, serving as committee representatives, class leaders, and getting involved in various student organizations or organized dentistry with ASDA and ADEA.

What do you like best about Tufts Dental staff personnel?
I believe that the majority of staff at TUSDM share my same goals and objectives of working hard to provide assistance and meet the needs of the student body. While I don’t have much interaction with the patient population here at Tufts Dental, I know that many of the staff employed by the school play an integral role in providing excellent patient care and successfully role model this fr the students.

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Joanne M. Falzone, D.M.D., Clinical Professor
Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry

Joanne M. Falzone“My students humble me. It makes me want to be a better professional and a better person.”

What advice do you have for incoming students?
I want our students to really know they are fortunate to be here. I want them to know that I give one million percent of myself, and that they will do well, but they have to give it their best. They have to study from day one, and I am always there if they need someone to talk to, or a little extra help. If we didn’t think they would flourish, we wouldn’t have accepted them into the school. Our students will be pushed very hard, and we expect an awful lot of them, but we know they can do it. I also want to encourage them to take some time out of the week to do something they like, such as run, do yoga or work out.

What do you like best about Tufts Dental faculty?
We are dedicated. I turn myself inside out for my students. I am a mentor, an adviser, a course director; I am on many committees with only one thing on my mind–my students. I want their experience at Tufts to be a wonderful one! I do all in my power to create an atmosphere that is warm, safe, encouraging, pleasant, and even fun, while the students are learning an incredible amount of material. I want them to join the Alumni Association when they graduate, and continue to give back to the school in any way they can. By doing this, I am sure that the Profession I love will continue to grow!

What’s one thing at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine that no one should miss?
No one should miss the Simulation Clinic, and the view from the 15th floor.

Tell us about something you’re involved with here at Tufts Dental and how it’s changed you.
I am on the Admissions Committee, Student Promotions Committee, OAC, Alumni Board, Mentor Committee, and the Curriculum Integration Committee. My students humble me. It makes me want to be a better professional, and a better person.

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Barry Briss, D.M.D. Professor and Chair Orthodontics

Barry Briss“As a faculty member, I find the most exciting thing is to work with bright, young individuals, who have a thirst for knowledge.”

Talk about your early years at Tufts Dental.
Although I applied and was accepted at a number of other schools, I was most interested in coming to Tufts. Beginning with my interview and continuing throughout my four years here, I found Tufts to be a welcoming and nurturing place to go to school. The faculty and staff wanted us to succeed and they did everything they could to make that happen.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first two years at school and was totally engaged in the basic sciences. For a brief time period, I considered applying to medical school. I did not especially enjoy my two-year clinical experience because the physical environment was quite different than it is today. In spite of that I did rather well. I found my experience at Tufts to be an excellent one.

What excites you the most about being here at Tufts Dental?
As a faculty member, I find the most exciting thing is to work with bright, young individuals who have a thirst for knowledge. I believe being part of the faculty, whether it be full or part-time, makes one a better person and a better practitioner. Students provide challenges for faculty members, and being challenged forces one to keep current with scientific and clinical materials and information. It is critical that doctors embrace the process of continued learning.

The privilege of teaching a new generation of doctors is a rare gift. The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others is not afforded to everyone. We are lucky to be here.

What do you do to relax?
My greatest joy is spending time with my family. We try to take our children and grandchildren to places they might not ordinarily be able to see. My other great joy is photography, which is a serious hobby and I exhibit whenever I have the opportunity. Being involved in the world of art, and interacting with people who are not involved in the field of dentistry, is refreshing. I love talking to people about my work as a photographer.

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Patricia Morrow Department Administrator Endodontics

Patricia Morrow“I love working in the Endodontics Department because of its great faculty, staff, interesting work and great teamwork.”

Briefly describe your life before coming to Tufts. I grew up in Boston, and went to Mission High School. Even though I had never had a pet, I worked for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the Humane Education Department during high school, and for two years after high school. After marrying and having two children, I found myself in need of a job. I came to Tufts Dental in 1973 and worked in the Admissions Department for three years, and then transferred to the Endodontics Department, where I have been ever since. While at Tufts, I traveled to England, France, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt.

Talk about your early years at Tufts Dental.
Starting a new job can be difficult especially when it comes to making friends. I am determined to be friendly to new employees and to everyone I meet at Tufts.

When I transferred to the Endodontics Department, the faculty, especially Dr. Tenca, the Chairman, were very welcoming and I loved working directly with the students. I love working in the Endodontics Department because of its great faculty, staff, interesting work and great teamwork.

What do you like best about Tufts Dental faculty?
The Tufts Dental faculty is very welcoming to the students and co-workers. I admire their dedication. We have a great atmosphere at Tufts.

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Inga Keithly D12

Inga Keithly“The patients are interesting and give you a wide variety of experiences that you should expect in the outside world.”

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Make the most of the weeks before starting school. Get your books, find a place to live, and get focused so you start off on the right foot the first week of school.

What do you like best about Tufts Dental patients?
The patients are interesting and give you a wide variety of experiences that you should expect in the outside world.

What makes Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine so special?
TUSDM provides all the important experiences bound together in one educational conglomerate. I know so much more now than I did when I first entered.

Describe a valuable experience you’ve had here at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine.
I wanted to cement my first crown, and Dr. Hsu was there for me the whole time. He talked me through each step without leaning in and taking over.

What’s one thing at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine that no one should miss?
No one should miss Dr. Suri’s Orthodontics course, and Dr. Rankin’s (but he pretty much designs the class to get you to go). Dr. Suri is amazingly intelligent, and communicates his material in an easily approachable way.

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