The Mentoring Program encourages Hispanic elementary, middle, high school, and college students to select dental careers (Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistants, Laboratory Technician) by fostering relationships with Hispanic dental professionals and Tufts SHDA. “Promoting Dentistry as a Career for Minorities” was founded by Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman and published in the Journal of the MDS fall 2004.

Past events include:

Health Career Academy – Preclin hands on workshop at Tufts Dental school
Date: April 17 2009

20 High school teenagers from grades 10 to 12 engaged in hands on projects on mannequin heads practicing basic restoratives procedures.

Career Day at Lucy Stone Elementary School
Dorchester, MA

A total of 60 students from 4th and 5th grades, were presented with information about Dental careers at Lucy Stone Elementary by Tufts Dental Faculty and Students.


The Chain of Mentoring – Teachers and high school students program (TAHSS)
Date: July-august 2010

This program in conjunction with TUSDM provide mentorship to Hispanic high school students Alexander Brandon and Nicolas Barreto to participate in a 7 weeks long program. Along with research students are able to explore different specialties of dentistry within the Tufts Dental Clinic and participate in Community Service organized by TSHDA.