Dentistry Accreditation

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a standards-based process that reviews dentistry programs ensuring they possess the essential processes and meet the mandated elements consistent with quality in dental education.

Schulich Dentistry graduate and postgraduate programs are reviewed for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

The CDAC, in consultation with its partners, develops and approves requirements for educational programs educating and training dentists, dental specialists, dental interns/residents, dental hygienists and dental assistants. CDAC also develops and approves requirements for institutional dental services.

Within the accreditation process, CDAC continuously develops, approves and revises its accreditation requirements. As a result, educational programs and dental services are invited to apply for review against current requirements.

Accreditation is a critical component of ongoing quality improvement for education programs at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The School is dedicated to improving its programs on an ongoing basis and appreciates the external lens on its programs as provided through various reviews and regular accreditation. 

What is the accreditation status of Schulich Dentistry programs?

All Schulich Dentistry programs are accredited. This includes Graduate Orthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), the Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) and the General Practice Residency programs.

What was the process toward accreditation?

In 2017, four of Schulich Dentistry’s programs - Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), and Graduate Orthodontics underwent an accreditation process.

The programs were accredited and in November 2018 and the CDAC advised of areas for improvement with recommendations within the DDS, ITD and the OMFS programs. No recommendations were provided for the Graduate Orthodontics Program.

Schulich Dentistry’s leadership and a team of faculty, staff and students began to work on all of the recommendations identified by the CDAC, and in August 2019, a comprehensive progress report was submitted for review.

Subsequently, in 2019, the General Practice Residency (GPR) program underwent an accreditation process, also led by the CDAC.

In November 2019, the CDAC reported to the School that all programs are accredited. They commended the School on its commitment to quality improvement and provided recommendations for the DDS, ITD, OMFS and the GPR programs, which the School will review and work on in early 2020.

For more information about accreditation contact:

Bertha Garcia
Vice Dean & Director
Tel: 519.661.2111 ext.86134