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Doctor Of Dental Surgery (DDS)

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry offers a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.  The curriculum is continually evolving and provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter general practice, pursue specialty training or embark on academic careers.  

Our pre-clinical Simulation Clinic provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice techniques and procedures in an environment that closely simulates clinical practice.

The final two years of the program are clinically intensive, providing students with a broad clinical experience emphasizing a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to oral health care. 

Enrolment is limited and admission to the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program is competitive. 

Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD)

Held over two academic years beginning in May/June, the Program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS).  Upon successful completion of the ITD Program and the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Written and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, candidates will be eligible for licensure/registration as a dentist in all Canadian provinces (a French proficiency exam is required for licensure in Quebec). 

Students in the ITD Program must attend all lectures and seminars for courses in: Pharmacology, General Medicine, Oral Pathology, Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning, Integrated Restorative, Patient Assessment, Patient Management, Dento-Facial Trauma, Introduction to Clinics, Clinical Practice, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Oral Radiology, Periodontics, Practice Administration, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Clinical Applications of Dental Research and Endodontics. Clinical experience is patient-centered and students manage their patients following a comprehensive patient-care model.  

Pathology within the Dental Curriculum

Within the dental school curriculum, instruction in general and systemic pathology is introduced in the first year and continues into 2nd and 3rd year.

Dents 5162 (Pathology)

Dents 5162 (Pathology) - course & quiz material available through OWL Sakai.
A component of the General Medicine Unit, this systems-based course runs sequentially with Human Physiology, Pharmacology, Systemic Anatomy and Medicine.  The course examines specific aspects (etiology, clinical presentation, macroscopic and microscopic features, and pathogenesis) of common human diseases relevant to the practice of dentistry.

Lectures 23 hours

Dents 5170 (Oral Diseases I)

Dents 5170 (Oral Diseases I) - course & quiz material available through OWL Sakai.
An integrated course covering the common diseases of the teeth, periodontal and periapical tissues; specifically caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, pulp disease, periapical inflammation, regressive dental conditions and dental anomalies.

Lectures 43 hours; Labs 1 hour

Dents 5235 (Oral Diseases II)

Dents 5235 (Oral Diseases II) - course & quiz material available through OWL Sakai.
This integrated course combines oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology to cover a variety of diseases that affect the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, head and neck.


29 lecture hours, 5 lab hours, 0 clinic hours (Total 34 hours)

Dents 5335 (Oral Diseases III)

Dents 5335 (Oral Diseases III) - course & quiz material available through OWL Sakai.
This course is a continuation of Oral Diseases II, including wider aspects of odontogenic, salivary, mucocutaneous and connective tissue diseases.


Lectures 30.5 hours, Labs 6 hours.

ITD 5304 (Oral Pathology for Internationally Trained Dentists)

ITD 5304 (Oral Pathology for Internationally Trained Dentists) - course & quiz material available through OWL Sakai.
This course is a comprehensive review of the more common diseases affecting the orofacial region and jaws, excluding dental caries and periodontal diseases.  (Covers 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Oral Diseases)


Lectures 47 hours.

More detailed information about the Dentistry Program can be found on the Schulich Dentistry website.