Student Activities

Student Activities

With HSDM's academic, clinical, and research foundation, your possibilities are endless. We encourage our students to actively participate in organizations that will shape their future as oral health leaders. Below is a list of HSDM student clubs and organizations.

Clubs and Organizations


Academic (Provides support for academic subjects)

Endodontic Study Group

The Endodontic Study Group brings members of the HSDM community together to explore issues and research related to the field of endodontics.  The group meets regularly to discuss clinical cases, treatment planning and sequencing, residency programs, endodontics in practice, and current literature.  In addition, the group aims to provide resources and training/enrichment opportunities for those interested in developing their skills in the field.

Perio Study Society

Holds events with invited speakers who are periodontists in private practice, research, academia, or a combination of all of these. Also, provides an opportunity for DMD and MD candidates to hear about research in periodontology, learn about careers in periodontology, and network with speakers and each other. 

Predoctoral Orthodontics Society

Works to  expand  predoctoral  knowledge  on  orthodontic  treatment  and  planning  and promote interest in orthodontics at the HSDM community.

Prosthodontics Study Club

A study club for all students and residents interested in the specialty of prosthodontics. They meet to discuss treatment planning, discuss advanced topics in prosthodontics, and review literature.


Networking (Provides a means for students to network with other students, past and present)

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Harvard School of Dental Medicine has always been a leader in academic dentistry, and the HSDM Student Chapter of ADEA strives for continued excellence in all aspects of dental education and to build a community of students interested in teaching.Harvard ADEA focuses on three components:

(1) Careers in academic dentistry and dental education

(2) Improvement and advancement of HSDM’s own predoctoral curriculum

(3) Pre-dental outreach to undergraduate, high school, and middle/elementary students

American Student Dental Association (ASDA)

ASDA serves as both a branch of a national organization and the student government at HSDM. As part of National ASDA, the group is committed to advocating for the rights and welfare of dental students. Strives to introduce students to organized dentistry and provide networking and educational opportunities. As the student government, they organize social events, fundraisers and various other student-centered programming.

HMS/HSDM African Health and Advocacy Group

The African Health and Advocacy Group aims to foster a community and support and network for African students and individuals with professional or cultural interests in Africa within the medical school. They are also dedicated to developing and maintaining social and professional relationships with other African student groups across the Harvard community. They plan to provide mentorship opportunities for members with other students, faculty, and practicing professionals in the Greater Boston area. The mission to raise awareness and provide a forum for rich and substantive discussions concerning health and human rights issues in Africa. In addition, they seek to link students with clinical, educational and research opportunities related to the improvement of health in Africa.

HMS & HSDM Student Council

The HMS/HSDM Student Council is elected by the student body each year to represent students from New Pathway, HST and HSDM curriculum tracks.  The Council consists of two levels of members: Executive Board members and General Members.   Members serve in a variety of capacities, including representatives for each academic Society and members of various HMS/HSDM working committees on curriculum and financial aid.

HMS/HSDM International Student Organization

HMS/HSDM ISO aims a) to provide a community and support network for international students at HMS/HSDM, b) to connect HMS/HSDM students to other international students and student groups among the Harvard schools and other medical schools and c) to provide students at large the opportunity to learn about international medical system and overseas employment.

Oral Health Pursuit of Equity Network (OPEN)

A student chaper of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) that strives to foster community consciousness based on public health principals via educational programming and direct volunteer action. They pursue oral health equity at all community levels: within the school, city, state and globally.

Practice Management Club

Educate and inform dental students of the issues and challenges in starting and managing a practice.

Student Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Works to expand predoctoral knowledge of pediatric dentistry and foster interest in the promotion of pediatric oral healthcare.


Service (Provides volunteers for on-campus and off-campus service-related projects)

A.C.T.I.O.N. (Action for Children and Teenagers in Oral Health Needs)

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Program started at HSDM in 2009. It consists of a student volunteer-run pediatric dental clinic offered one Saturday per month at Windsor Clinic in Cambridge. Under the supervision of an attending dentist, 1st and 2nd year students assist 3rd and 4th year providers at the clinic. Since its inception, the A.C.T.I.O.N. Program has held over 30 clinic sessions, providing dental treatment to hundreds of pediatric patients totaling over 750 appointments. A.C.T.I.O.N. is one of the only clinical volunteer projects available to 1st and 2nd year students at HSDM. It is a great way to meet students from various years and to gain experience with pediatric patients. All three attending doctors are wonderful mentors and Saturdays mornings at the Windsor Clinic are always fun and rewarding.

Asian American Dental Association (AADA)

AADA provides services specifically targeted for the Asian-American population in Boston. Our goal is to promote oral health by participating in events such as the Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Boston Children's Museum. Volunteers will give presentations that educate people about the proper way to brush and floss, how to  maintain good oral health through diet, and the importance of dental visits.

Operation Mouthguard

Operation Mouthguard provides mouth guard free of charge to young athletes around the Boston area who would otherwise be unable to afford one.

Project Bridge

A student-run free dental clinic at Bridge Over Troubled Water (BOTW) in downtown Boston. Under the supervision of a volunteer dentist, dental students from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts offer basic dental services such as exams, cleanings, basic restorative needs and oral health counseling. Through the Project Bridge Education component, we also offer health education sessions, which are given at the GED courses (offered by BOTW) during the day and also at the residential sites that are associated with BOTW.

Smiles 4 Life

Teaches children about oral health! Generally, the community centers they visit have kids in elementary and middle school. Smiles 4 Life provides volunteers with age-appropriate lesson scripts and props to use at each of these sessions.


Social (Provides recreational/social activies) and Service (Provides volunteers for on-campus and off-campus service-related projects)

HMS Military Medicine and Dentistry Society

This society will serve the military and civilian members of Harvard’s medical and dental community in two important ways.  First, the Society will provide a forum for its members to share experiences and discuss issues relevant to military medicine and dentistry.  Second, the Society will create a community where prospective military physicians, dentists, and their civilian colleagues can unite, collaborate, and seek professional advice.   Ultimately, the Society will prepare Harvard Medical and Dental students for military service, while forging long term relationships between the civilian and military medical and dental communities.

Dentists for Humanity

This will provide you with ample opportunities to connect with dental students and faculty at other institutions, and practicing dentists in the Northeastern region and enrich your talents as prospective dentists by joining domestic and international dental mission trips.

LGBT & Allies @HSDM

LGBT and allied students and faculty at HSDM engage in social and dental volunteer-related activites together.