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HSDM and the Wampanoag Tribe: The Importance of Cultural Competency

HSDM and the Wampanoag Tribe: The Importance of Cultural Competency

July 27, 2016

By Ellen Garnett
Since 2013, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences have partnered with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on Martha’s Vineyard Island to combat oral health disparities within the Native American population. During their three years of collaboration, HSDM students involved in the program have learned that cultural competency is key in effectively treating patients with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

New Study by HSDM Researchers May Have Implications for Treating Osteoporosis

New Study by HSDM Researchers May Have Implications for Treating Osteoporosis

June 30, 2016

As we age, every stumble or fall comes with a risk—a risk that is even greater for those ten million people in the U.S. who have osteoporosis, a skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass, poor bone quality and fractures. Each year, 1.5 million bone fractures are attributed to osteoporosis, including 350,000 hip fractures. But hip or other fractures in older and osteoporotic patients do not heal easily and this often leads to significant impairments in daily life, and even death.

Reunion Recap

Reunion Recap

June 17, 2016

More than 110 alumni and friends came back to Harvard School of Dental Medicine on Alumni Day, Friday, June 3, to celebrate with their fellow classmates and mentors. The day featured a special tribute the the School’s oldest living alumnus Walter Guralnick, DMD41, on his 75th reunion. Attendees included graduates of the reunion classes of 1956, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006.

HSDM Celebrates 2016 Graduates

HSDM Celebrates 2016 Graduates

May 26, 2016

Harvard Commencement and Class Day was held on Thursday, May 26 with celebration and ceremony. The day began with the graduating students marching into Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre for Morning Exercises. Music, tradition, and remarks by students and deans commemorated the 375th Commencement.

Degree candidates from 13 schools and Harvard College were recognized by school and cheered by the crowd. Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) awarded 61 degrees– 13 Master of Medical Sciences, 12 Doctor of Medical Sciences, 36 Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees.

CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan Speaks at HSDM

CA State Senator Dr. Richard Pan Speaks at HSDM

May 19, 2016

On Tuesday, May 17, California State Senator and pediatrician Dr. Richard Pan, and Dr. Brittany Seymour, assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, gave an engaging talk at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine about how the social nature of today’s Internet has led to new public health and policy challenges. 

Student’s Research Takes Her to India

Student’s Research Takes Her to India

May 10, 2016

DMD student Hannah Yoo received a Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) research grant that took her to India over winter session to conduct research on the oral and nutritional health of women and children in the slums of Mumbai.

Gordon and Ruth Macdonald Establish a $2 Million Planned Gift to HSDM

Gordon and Ruth Macdonald Establish a $2 Million Planned Gift to HSDM

May 6, 2016

When Dr. Gordon Macdonald talks about his days at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine he vividly and fondly recounts his time with Dr. Roy O. Greep. Greep served as dean of the School from 1952 to 1967.

“He was a very unique individual, a caring person, and father-figure to many of us,” Macdonald said.

HSDM’s Myra Garza named a 2016 Harvard Hero

HSDM’s Myra Garza named a 2016 Harvard Hero

April 25, 2016

Each year the Harvard Heroes Recognition Program celebrates the accomplishments of Harvard staff whose work supports the University’s mission at the highest levels of contribution, impact and excellence.

HSDM’s recipient of this year’s Harvard Hero honor is Myra Garza, associate director of clinical operations in the Harvard Dental Center.

 Student Profile: Fast Facts About Marathoner Sarah Wicheta

Student Profile: Fast Facts About Marathoner Sarah Wicheta

April 15, 2016

As an athlete and a first-year DMD student, Sarah Wicheta thinks about her medical classes when she runs. With each stride, breath, and heartbeat, she calculates how her body is functioning and how it corresponds with what she’s learning in anatomy and physiology.

On Monday, April 18, Wicheta will run in the 120th Boston Marathon. She estimates that she’s logged over 500 miles training for Monday’s race, which she qualified for by running a marathon in her hometown of Wenatchee, Washington in under three hours and thirty-five minutes.