Attendees at IPE to IPP

New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts

June 21, 2019
On Wednesday, June 5, Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine partnered with the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) to host a new summit, titled Interprofessional Education to Practice. The event aimed to provide attendees with a practical approach to clinical integration of primary care and oral health and launch a peer-to-peer learning... Read more about New Summit Provides Valuable Insight For Oral Health Integration Efforts
alumni group

Reconnecting at Alumni Day

June 11, 2019

Harvard School of Dental Medicine alumni returned to the School on Friday, June 7 to reconnect with their classmates, and enjoy a program that included a presentation of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards, a panel on The Changing Landscape of Oral Health Delivery, and Dean Donoff’s State of the School address. 

Ladan Basiri, DMD93, president of the Harvard Dental Alumni Association (HDAA) kicked off the morning program with a warm welcome to attendees as she called the HDAA business meeting to order and reviewed the past year of activities. Dean Bruce Donoff...

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student in lab

Building Bridges

June 3, 2019

The path to a career in dentistry isn’t always clear when you don’t know the first steps to take. It can be particularly challenging for first generation college students or students from underrepresented minority backgrounds who may not have a mentor in the profession. A new “Bridge to Dental School” pipeline program designed by Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to change that.

Starting in June, thirty undergraduate college students from the greater Boston area will begin a 10-week program designed to...

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HSDM grads in Harvard Yard

Class of 2019 Graduates Ready to Make Their Mark

May 31, 2019

With an oversized toothbrush held high above their heads, and big smiles on their faces, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) Class of 2019 marched into Harvard Yard for Harvard University’s 368th Commencement on Thursday, May 30. The students cheered and posed for photos as they took their seats alongside fellow graduates from across Harvard in a sea of crimson in Tercentenary Theatre. The ceremony was filled with music, celebratory remarks, and distinguished guests including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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Thomas Ferlito

Bringing Curiosity to Dentistry

May 21, 2019

On Thursday, May 30, Thomas Ferlito will take the stage as HSDM’s student speaker at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School’s Class Day ceremony. In preparation for that moment, Ferlito reflected on his experiences at HSDM–what they have meant to him, and how they’ll continue to shape him moving forward.

“The connections I have made here have by far been the most meaningful part of HSDM for me. Being able to collaborate with my classmates, faculty, and residents helped me to consider new ideas and think in ways that I never would have on my own,” Ferlito said...

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Erica Shapiro Frenkel

Pushing the Boundaries

May 20, 2019

Erica Shapiro Frenkel’s path through dental school took a slight detour when she decided at the end of her second year of dental school to pursue a PhD. Frenkel took a break from her studies at HSDM to study oral microbiology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Ribbeck Lab as part of the PhD in Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program.

“I knew when I applied to dental school that I wanted to pursue a combined DMD/PhD program, so the decision to step away from the DMD program after my second year was obvious,” she said. “I had a great experience doing research during college and was sure that I wanted to make research part of my long-term career path.... Read more about Pushing the Boundaries

Mirissa Price portrait

‘I Would Be a Dentist’ – a Graduation Reflection

May 16, 2019

By Mirissa D. Price
The sun soaked my shoulders. Through my scrubs, I could feel a warmth I had missed, having spent the past five hours in the dental school’s basement lab.

As my eyes adjusted to the light – and the macro-scale vision – I spotted my Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) family, smiling and laughing. I claimed a seat at the table, and together, we fell into a conversation of ‘what if.’

‘What if we were millionaires and could do anything in the world?’ someone posed, imagining for a minute we didn’t have to miss the rest of this...

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Jillian Muhlbauer

The Human Connection

May 14, 2019

Jillian Muhlbauer arrived at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in August of 2015 with certain expectations of what dental school would be like. She understood the academic rigor she would face, the hours of studying that would consume her time, and the mountain of knowledge she would be required to retain, but this May when she graduates from HSDM she will leave most astonished by the relationships she fostered with patients, faculty, and fellow students.... Read more about The Human Connection

portrait of Dr. Freeman

Portrait of Dr. Freeman Honors HSDM’s First African American Graduate

April 24, 2019

Walk through the halls of Harvard and you’ll notice the University’s 382-year history displayed prominently. At Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) portraits of deans and faculty dating back to the School’s founding in 1867 adorn the lobby of the main building. These paintings serve as reminders of notable milestones and striking figures, but until recently provided a glimpse at only a select few. A new initiative, the Inclusive Spaces Project at HSDM, is an effort to broaden the of scope this artwork and reflect the School’s diverse and proud past.

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Dean Donoff

Donoff to Step Down as Dean of HSDM

April 12, 2019

Bruce Donoff, dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) for 28 years, announced today that he will step down from the position effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Throughout his tenure, Donoff moved HSDM forward with a broad vision for global and community oral health. A skilled oral surgeon and educator, he has been an advocate for the integration of oral health and medicine as a way to ensure improved outcomes for his own patients and dental patients everywhere. He not only shaped the dental curriculum at Harvard but also influenced the way dentistry is taught around the country...

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