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)
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.
We hold events with invited speakers who are periodontists in private practice, research, academia, or a combination of all of these, to provide 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.
We work to expand predoctoral knowledge on orthodontic treatment and planning and promote interest in orthodontics at the HSDM community.
A study club for all students and residents interested in the specialty of prosthodontics. We 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)
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
ASDA serves as both a branch of a national organization and the student government at HSDM. As part of National ASDA, our groupis committed to advocating for the rights and welfare of dental students. We strive to introduce students to organized dentistry and provide networking and educational opportunities. As the student government, we organize social events, fundraisers and various other student-centered programming. http://harvardasda.org/
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. We are also dedicated to developing and maintaining social and professional relationships with other African student groups across the Harvard community. We plan to provide mentorship opportunities for members with other students, faculty, and practicing professionals in the Greater Boston area. It is our mission to raise awareness and provide a forum for rich and substantive discussions concerning health and human rights issues in Africa. In addition, we seek to link students with clinical, educational and research opportunities related to the improvement of health in Africa.
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. http://studentcouncil.hms.harvard.edu
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 oversea employment.
We are a student chaper of the American Association of Public Health Debtistry (AAPHD) that strives to foster community consciousness based on public health principals via educational programming and direct volunteer action. We pursue oral health equity at all community levels: within the school, city, state and globally.
We educate and inform dental students of the issues and challenges in starting and managing a practice. http://harvardpracticemanagementclub.yolasite.com/
We work 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)
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.
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. http://hsdmaada.wordpress.com/
Operation Mouthguard provides mouth guard free of charge to young athletes around the Boston area who would otherwise be unable to afford one. http://www.hsdmoperationmouthguard.wordpress.com/
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. http://harvardprojectbridge.org/
We teach children about oral health! Generally, the community centers we 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. http://www.hsdmcommunity.com.
Social (Provides recreational/social activies) and Service (Provides volunteers for on-campus and off-campus service-related projects)
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.
Our Group is for LGBT and allied students and faculty at HSDM to engage in social and dental volunteer-related activites together.