Welcome to the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University. Our Faculty is quite simply one of the best dental faculties in the world. It has a strong tradition of clinical training and has produced some of Canada’s most respected dental academics, such as Drs. Ernie Ambrose, DDS’50, and the late Mervyn Rogers, DDS’40.
In recent years, the Faculty has built on its excellence in clinical training to create a team that is also extremely strong in research and community service. Despite being a small faculty, our professors hold the highest level of research funding of any dental faculty in Canada, and we stack up well against other research-intensive dental faculties in North America and beyond. In addition, our Dentistry Community Outreach Program, which uses mobile dental equipment to serve disadvantaged Montrealers, has received several awards in recognition of its service to the community.
Our Undergraduate Dental Program (D.M.D.) curriculum is innovative and dynamic, reflecting the minds of our outstanding professors and their vision for training tomorrow’s leaders in oral health care. First and foremost, we want our graduates to be professionals who possess sound judgment. We believe this is the best way to ensure that their patients, and the population at large, receive the most effective care possible – that means health care that is supported by scientific evidence and a sense of social justice.
To attain this goal, we have created a curriculum that employs cutting-edge approaches to the management of oral health problems, as well as innovative teaching and learning techniques. It focuses on the relationship between oral health and general health. In other words, we strive to understand what the health of a single individual can tell us about society as a whole.
During recent years, our curriculum has changed dramatically to reflect the evolving needs of society and the dental profession. In the coming years our curriculum will evolve further to improve the capacity of our graduates to better serve under-privileged groups in our society and to become leaders in oral health-related research and academics, organized dentistry, dental practice and government, all with a view to addressing the enormous disparities in oral and general health that exist in society today.
Beyond our D.M.D. program, our graduate and postdoctoral programs – specialist training in oral and maxillo-facial surgery, hospital-based general practice residencies, and research leading to a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in dental sciences – allow students and fellows to learn from some of the world’s top researchers in fields related to oral health.
At McGill, our research is concentrated in the areas of pain, mineralized tissues, biomaterials, and clinical and public health, which includes experts in head and neck cancers, dental implants, caries, and access to health care among the poor. In addition to working with their own teams, Dentistry researchers collaborate with members of other faculties at McGill and with researchers throughout Canada and across the globe. They also head numerous groundbreaking research groups, such as the Centre for Research on Pain (www.painresearch.mcgill.ca), the Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research (www.bone.mcgill.ca), and the Network for Oral and Bone Health Research (www.rsbo.ca).
At the Faculty of Dentistry, we recently developed a new mission statement, one that emphasizes our role in safeguarding the health and well-being of all society’s members. This vision is made real through academic and support staff who work in a cohesive, creative and energetic manner that inspires our students to become involved in the broader goals of the Faculty. In turn, our students make their own positive contributions to who we are and what we want to achieve.
Dentistry is a small but highly energetic faculty that is making a difference. Because of our outstanding students, staff and researchers, we will continue to have a far-reaching impact on the dentistry profession by helping underprivileged groups, creating new knowledge, and leading the way in oral health care in Canada and around the world.
Dr. Paul Allison, PhD’98
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry