During May and June, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Global & Population Health welcomed four local elementary schools to explore the field of dentistry. Hundreds of students learned—in GSDM classrooms and the Simulation Learning Center—what it is like to be a dentist.
Students heard presentations on oral health and nutrition, took in a lesson on mouth guards, and engaged in interactive activities in the Simulation Learning Center. There, they learned about sealants and dental impressions, dressed up as dental students, and made thumbprints using an alginate impression and dental stone.
GSDM staff and students were on hand to instruct the children and answer questions about being a dental student and a dental professional. The young students were also honored with the presence of Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter—who discussed what it’s like to run a dental school—and dental superheroes Captain Cavity Fighter and Lieutenant Fluoride.
“The field trips provide interactive health education for children and an opportunity for Boston University dental students to inspire young children to pursue a higher education and possibly a career in dentistry,” said Oral Health Promotion Director Kathy Lituri.
On Friday, May 23, 2014, members of the BU Chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) welcomed 90 second graders from Orchard Gardens School in Roxbury. SNDA volunteers included: Abdul-Rahman Addas AS 15, Alexandra Fili DMD 17, Dave Lane DMD 16, Luri Lee DMD 16, Alyssa Mazzoli DMD 16, Daniella Rizzo DMD 16, and Quentin Shabani DMD 16. Also participating were: Margi Chan DMD 16, Shelby Curtis DMD 16, Andrea Lam DMD 16, Matt Mara DMD 16, Amrita Patel DMD 15, and Faraz Tartibi DMD 16.
On Friday, May 30, 2014, 92 third graders from Blackstone School in the South End visited for the 15th annual field trip to GSDM. Student volunteers included: Assal Abdossalehi DMD 16, Sarah Al Aaraji AS 14, Roua Al Timimi AS 15, Margi Chan DMD 16, Jasmine Chopra AS 15, Shelby Curtis DMD 16, Alexandra Fili DMD 17, Saif Hanna AS 15, Izzy Korobkin DMD 16, Andrea Lam DMD 16, Derek Leung DMD 15, Matt Mara DMD 16, Alyssa Mazzoli DMD 16, pre-dental student Yanelis Mestre, pre-dental student Mohammad Mourad, Richa Rashmi AS 15, pre-dental student Rhea Reen, pre-dental student Keenan Sandouk, Oren Sudai DMD 16, Kevin Treger DMD 16, pre-dental student Jake Ward, Oras Younis AS 15, and Yitzi Zisblatt DMD 16.
On Friday, June 6, 2014, 70 third graders from the Edward Brooke Charter School in Roslindale joined us. Volunteers included: Assal Abdossalehi DMD 16, Sarah Al Aaraji AS 14, Swati Agnihotri DMD 17, Shelby Curtis DMD 16, Alexandra Fili DMD 17, Rana Gorgis AS 14, Ana Komnatnaya DMD 1 6, Andrea Lam DMD 16, Matt Mara DMD 16, Mike Mayr DMD 16, Alyssa Mazzoli DMD 16, pre-dental student Yanelis Mestre, pre-dental student Mohammad Mourad, pre-dental student Rhea Reen, and pre-dental student Keenan Sandouk.
On Thursday, June 19, 2014, 45 third graders from the Tynan School in South Boston visited, completing the month of school visits. Volunteering were: Erwin Apaza, Shelby Curtis DMD 16, Charles DiCosimo DMD 15, Rana Gorgis AS 14, pre-dental student Mohammad Mourad, Dan Moynihan DMD 15, Marium Qureshi AS 15, Ramdeep Samra DMD 15, Keenan Sandouk, Kali Stewart DMD 15, and pre-dental student Jake Ward.
Photos from each of the School visits are available online: