Activities and Events

Health Fairs

SHDA participates in many health fairs around the Boston Area. Oral exams, nutritional counseling, as well as oral hygiene instructions are provided at each of these events.

Mission Trips

Since its was founded in 1994 by Dr. Aidee Herman, SHDA has organized a total 11 mission trips that includes:

  • El Salvador (3)
  • Ecuador (4)
  • Haiti (2)
  • Peru (1)
  • Dominican Republic (1)

In an effort to give back to the community students and faculty donated their time and skills to people of scarce resources and very limited access to dental care. During each mission trip we are able to deliver restorative, oral surgery, and preventive dental treatment. Dental care was rendered at no cost to adults and children.

Examples of past trips:

Quito Sur, Ecuador. April 18-26, 2009.
This was the 4th mission trip to Ecuador. The team consisted of 14 dental students, 3 dentist and 3 companions. We served a total of 261 persons and 611 procedures were perfomed.

Haiti. August 11-17, 2009.
Second Trip to Port au Prince and Tabare. A Total of 19 volunteers that consisted of 16 dental students and three dentists participated in this trip seeing approximatly more than 900 patients.

Other Activities

Spanish Dental Terminology Class

SHDA re-ignagurated its Spanish Dental Terminology classes. The workshop is 8 weeks long. Student, Staff and Faculty participated and completed the course. The course was lead by Dr. Marcuschamer and Sonia Arevalo D’12. If you would like to participate in the next class please contact

Cinco de Mayo Party

Tufts SHDA celebrates each year Cinco de Mayo with Food and Mariachi. THis event is open for the entire Dental School. This is one of the mayor fundrasing events that SHDA organizes

Senior Award Dinner

Each year SHDA host a Senior Award Dinner to recognize graduating students from both graduate and undergraduate programs. Specical guest include the President of National HDA, Dean A. Norris, and Assistant Students Dean Mark Gonthier.

National HDA Conference Chicago, IL

Each year 2 SHDA students are sponsored by Dear Norris to attend the HDA national Conference. This year Arelene Pimentel D12, Fernando Velasquez D’12 and Sonia Arevalo D’12 attended the 20th Annual HDA Conference in Chicago, IL.

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