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General Practice Residency Program

MGH residentsMcGill University has been training leaders in dentistry in Canada, the United States and other countries for over 100 years. The Faculty of Dentistry's General Practice Residency Program is the largest in the country with a current enrollment of 21. Our dental clinics are located at three sites in the downtown Montreal. Two of the sites are within the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and are currently located at the Montreal General Hospital-Mountian Site (Adult Site GPR) and Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH). The other site is at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH).

The one-year training program begins on July 1 and concludes on June 30 of the following year and comprises 52 credits.

The goal of the program is to provide the recent dental graduate with a broad multidisciplinary approach to the clinical practice of Dentistry. With this in mind, the residents are under the constant supervision and guidance of members of the attending staff. The teaching staff of the four hospital departments comprises general practitioners and specialists. The specialties represented are: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Other specialists (e.g. Oral Pathology, Radiology) are available for consultations. All clinical teachers hold appointments in the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University.

Every effort is made to provide the trainee with a full exposure to all aspects of clinical dentistry and to all types of patients, from the medically-compromised to those seeking implant-supported prostheses and cosmetic dentistry. The General Practice Residency Program is accredited by both the Order of Dentists of Quebec and the Canadian Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Although chair-side clinical teaching is stressed in this training program, an extensive series of lectures and seminars takes place throughout the year. Arrangements are made for frequent treatment planning seminars, as well as other sessions dealing with dental and medical topics of importance. In addition, there are joint monthly meetings which are arranged by the Faculty of Dentistry for all of the General Practice Residents in Dentistry in the McGill sector.

Admission Requirements

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Applicants must have received, or be in the final year of a course of study leading to a Doctorate in Dental Surgery or equivalent accredited program. Successful candidates must be in receipt of this degree by the time of registration in the first year of the program. Official transcripts for the dental degree must contain categorical or numerical grades for every course completed. Narrative transcripts are not acceptable

Application Procedure

All applications for the GPR program must be completed online. The application period starts on August 15. The application deadline is September 30.

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For any assistance or more information regarding this program, contact assunta [dot] pompeo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Assunta Pompeo)

Required documents

Applicants are required to use the document upload feature on Minerva to ensure their documents are added to their file. All documents can be uploaded except for letters of reference; these need to be sent in a PDF format directly by the referees (using a professional email address) to assunta [dot] pompeo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (this email address). Do NOT mail or fax a copy of the documents that you have already uploaded to your application—doing so will slow down the review of your application.

Official copies of transcripts can be sent to the McGill Documentation Centre:

McGill University
Enrolment Services
Student Records

3415 McTavish Street
Room MS 13
Montreal, Quebec
Canada, H3A 0C8


  1. Official Transcripts of all previous university education

    Applicants may upload a copy of their unofficial transcript via Minerva. If offered admission, at that time, students must make arrangements with their college and/or university to send official transcripts to McGill. Important: Official transcripts sent to McGill University become the property of the University and will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.

    Current McGill University students are not required to send transcripts by mail. McGill's admitting office obtains these directly. All other applicants must make arrangements with their college and/or university to send official transcripts to McGill.

  2. A Minimum of Three Reference Reports or Letters
    • One from the Dean of your School
    • Confidential letters of recommendation from two dental professors who are familiar with your academic ability and who have agreed to supply references

    You must send a copy of the Confidential Reference Report [.pdf] the your referees to be completed. Please note that Confidential Reference Reports cannot be uploaded on Minerva as they need to be sent directly by your referees (see instructions at the top of the page).

    The reports must be sent in a PDF format directly by the referee via a professional email address to assunta [dot] pompeo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (this email address).

  3. CV and Letter of Intent

Please note that all documents submitted to McGill University in support of an application to be admitted, including, but not limited to transcripts, diplomas, letters of reference and test scores (in paper or electronic format), become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

Make sure to include your name and McGill ID number with each submission.

Supporting documents can be either mailed or delivered in person to:

McGill Enrolment Services
Management of Academic Records Unit
3415 McTavish Street (corner Sherbrooke)
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0C8

Selection Process: Match

Graduates from CDA and ADA approved dental schools are eligible to apply. Applications are to be directed to the Faculty of Dentistry where they will be evaluated by a Selection Committee. The selection process normally takes place during November of the preceding year. Successful candidates will be required to register with the University as post-graduate students. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be issued a certificate recognizing successful completion of a Multidisciplinary Residency Program in Dentistry. Successful applicants, who are not graduates of Quebec dental schools, will apply to the Order of Dentists of Quebec for a temporary permit restricting practice to the teaching hospital involved.

Match Process

The Match Process is carried out in the Office of the Dean. Once the Site Directors of the teaching centres have had an opportunity to review the dossiers of all of the candidates, they submit to the Dean's Office a list of applicants who they wish to interview. The Dean's Office then schedules the interviews to allow those who have been selected for interview at more than one institution sufficient time to travel from one institution to the other(s). The interviews for all teaching centres are generally held on the same weekend in order to accommodate out-of-town candidates.

The Dean's Office sends a letter informing candidates who have been selected for interview of the time(s), date(s) and location of their interview(s). Those who have been selected at more than one institution will be asked to rank the institutions in order of preference. The Site Directors are not privy to this information.

Following the interview sessions, the Site Directors submit to the Dean's Office the names of the candidates they have selected by order of priority. If more than one Site Director has selected the same candidate, the candidate is offered a position at the institution of his/her choice. Once the match has been completed, short alternate lists are drawn up and those who are on the waiting list(s) are informed by letter of their position on the waiting list(s) at the institution(s). The names of the candidates who have been offered firm positions in one of the institutions will not be placed on the alternate lists. If individuals who have been offered positions do not accept by the deadline, the position will be offered to the first person on the alternate list.

A candidate who accepts a residency position is required to provide a money order or certified cheque in the amount of $3,000 in order to hold the position. This fee will be credited towards the applicant's University fees, but will not be refunded if s/he fails to register. Selected individuals must also agree to withdraw their applications for postgraduate positions at all institutions and matching programs (e.g. U.S. PASS) to which they have applied.

The Step by Step processes of the Match

1.  Once each site has completed the interviews process we ask each site to rank each of the interviewee’s from 1 to X (X = the number of people they interviewed at that site). Please note: In the future, McGill will ask that each site rank ALL interviewees unless they were completely unacceptable and that person will be marked at N/A.

2.  At the same time, McGill asks that each site provide the number of residents they will be taking that specific year. This will give us where the Alternate List starts.

3.  At the same time we ask that each site indicate if they are taking a R2 (if applicable for your site that year).

4.  Once McGill receives all the rankings the match process begins.

5.  McGill creates an Excel Sheet with 3 columns: JGH, MUHC Adult Site and MCH and places all the interviewees in alphabetical order in the column that represents their first choice.

6.  Once all interviewees are placed in the column of their first choice McGill looks at the number ranking for each interviewee given by each specific sites. We then rearrange the interviewees accordingly. For instance if the JGH has the following interviewees: Tom ranked 14th, Sally ranked 3rd and Jane ranked 15th the order would be as follows:

1 Sally (3) Dave (5)
2 Tom (14) Sarah (9)
3 Jane (15) Richard (11)

7.  Once this process is done for each of the 3 sites, we add the Alternate List line. This Alternate List will lead us to the next step of reviewing the second choice of the interviewee’s who fell into the Alternate List.

8.  McGill then goes down the list and looks at the interviewee’s who fell into the Alternate List and place them in their second choice if possible. For instance: if the JGH indicated that they were only taking 2 residence this year Jane would have fell into the Alternate List. We then look at Jane’s second choice which was MCH. The MCH ranked Jane as number 7 so the list would change as follows:

1 Sally (3) Dave (5)
2 Tom (14) Jane (7)
3 Jane (15) Sarah (9)
4 Ben (Alternate) Richard (11)

9.  Once McGill has done this with each person’s second choice McGill does it again for the 3rd choice.

10.  At this time, we are left with the residence who will be given an offer letter. This is drafted and sent by McGill on the specified date.

11.  McGill then fills in the Alternate List with interviewees in their ranked order for each of the 1-3 sites (according to what they applied/interviewed for).

12.  Once the Letter of Offers have been received, the interviewees accept or decline the offer. If for instance, Sally declines the offer from the JGH we move down into the Alternate list and provide Ben (the first Alternate) with a letter of offer. We do this in order until all the slots are filled.

Important Dates

Please note the following match deadline dates for 2015-2016:

September 30 Deadline for applications to the GPR program
November 8/9 Interview dates for selected applicants
November 24 Selected candidates will be contacted (candidates given 24 hours to respond)
November 25 Deadline to accept or decline a position
November 26 Alternate list is activated (candidates given 24 hours to respond)