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Tisch Summer Fellows: School of Dental Medicine

2022 Application Deadline: March 6, 2022 at 11:30 p.m. (ET)
Program Period: Late May through Mid-August (with fall presentations)

  • Open to D23s and D24s/IS 23 and IS 24s
  • Nine (9) students total will be selected – 3 for each project
  • TSF comes with a $1500 stipend for selected students

The Tisch Summers Fellows Program (TSF) provides students at Tufts University School Dental Medicine (TUSDM) opportunities to gain a better understanding of health from a community perspective. The conditions in which people live are important determinants of health. Under the guidance of the TUSDM’s Department of Public Health and Community Service (DPHCS), Tisch Summer Fellows will interact with community members and community leaders to expand, enhance, and improve their understanding of how life conditions, community circumstance as well as programs and policies impact oral health at the individual and community level.

Program Goals

The goals of the TUSDM/TSF Program are to:

  • Develop civic engagement skills and deepen social and cultural awareness needed to treat underserved and/or marginalized populations
  • Promote the development of an oral health workforce to work effectively in diverse environments and with greater understanding of the impact of social determinants on health
  • Foster learning outcomes appropriate to the dental educational curriculum
  • Provide opportunities for student personal and professional development
  • Create ongoing leadership in TUSDM for the three selected projects

TUSDM TSF 2022 Leadership Team

Karin V. Arsenault, DMD, MPH. Clinical Director, Geriatric Center Program, DPHCS
Kathryn M. Dolan, RDH, Med. Assistant Professor; Tufts Community Dental Program, DPHCS 
Nancy Marks, MS. Tisch/TUSDM Community Service Program Coordinator, DPHCS

Benefits of Participation for Students

  • Deepen personal understanding of the social determinants of health and the impact of health disparities
  • Strengthen communication skills, perception, self-confidence, and empathy
  • Exposure to dentistry as a community service and engender an appreciation for working with diverse populations
  • Application of dental education, clinical abilities, and interpersonal skills to contexts that demand optimal cultural competence, resourcefulness, and flexibility
  • Advance leadership skills at TUSDM by helping with project sustainability
  • Acquisition of real-world skills

Student Qualifications

Successful Applicants will have the following interests/skill sets:

  • Effective communication skills both verbal and written
  • Creativity to develop health education materials and additional written communications
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Strong interest and/or experience with the population you are applying to work with
  • Eagerness to learn about the social determinants of health and health equity to improve health outcomes in vulnerable populations
  • Teaching or workshop facilitation skills
  • Leadership and planning skills to support the continued growth of these programs within TUSDM
  • Caring and compassionate approach 

Framework and Student Participation

100 hours over the 10-week period

  • 70 hours of program service:  approximately 7 hours each week over 10 weeks 
  • 30 hours: Learning/reflecting/presenting
    • 10 hours pre-placement work/learning
    • 10 hours in presentation to the school and in small groups
    • 5 hours for written reflection
    • 5 hours for creative response to your placement

Students will be allowed time off during the summer for their break but must be committed to finishing their Fellowship 

General Timeline

January 2022: Site selection by Dept. Public Health and Community Service (PHCS)
February 2022: Open Student applications
March 2022: Selection of TUSDM Summer Fellows
May 2022: Pre-placement learning and teambuilding 
June 2022: Students begin working with sites
August 2022: TSF site work ends mid- August
Fall 2022: Reflections, Leadership work and Presentations at TUSDM in their program area

2022 Fellowship Descriptions and Applications

To read detailed program descriptions and submit your 2022 Tisch Summer Fellows application, click a link below. When prompted, simply log in with your Tufts credentials. Should you choose to apply to more than one position, you will need to complete separate application forms.  

Service with a Smile (veterans)
Bridging Healthy Smiles (people living with HIV/AIDS and/or substance use)
Smiles for Life (vulnerable adults over the age of 50)

General questions may be directed to Nancy Marks, TISCH/TUSDM Community Service Coordinator, For questions about the application platform, contact Jenna Logue, TSF Program Administrator,