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.
All four Schulich Dentistry programs are accredited. This includes Graduate Orthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and the Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) programs.
In November 2018, CDAC provided an update on accreditation for all Schulich Dentistry programs. The School is currently working on areas identified by CDAC for improvement.
That work is directly focused on the recommendations provided by the CDAC.
For the Oral and Maxillofacial Program, the accreditation team is focused on collecting some budgetary documents and increasing the number of dental implant experiences for residents.
For the DDS and the ITD programs, this work is focused primarily on faculty recruitment, reinforcing guidelines for clinical experiences, embedding calibration sessions as part of the curriculum, and continuing to implement the new patient management system. The recommendation also focused on improving communication between faculty and students, as well as building greater awareness about the services and contacts for Learner Equity & Wellness.
The School is in constant communication with CDAC and will be providing them with a formal update on accreditation in August 2019.
The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is committed to transparency in communicating the results of its reviews and accreditations. If you have questions about accreditation at Schulich Dentistry, please contact Dr. Walter Siqueira.