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Undergraduate Dental Program (DMD)

Undergraduate Dental Program (DMD)

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.

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.

The Structure of the Program

During the first 18 months of the program, the fondamentals of medicine and dentistry are taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine. Students then complete 7 months of intense pre-clinical training followed by 2 years of clinical training in our brand new state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching clinic. Students rotate through various hospital departments including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry (at the Montreal Children's Hospital), the Jim Lund Dental Clinic and the McGill Pain Centre.

Requirements

Applicants to the program should have either completed the following entrance requirements or be completing them by the end of the current academic year. Applicants must have received an undergraduate degree or be in the final year of a course of study at a recognized college or university in a program leading to an undergraduate degree consisting of 120 credits (or equivalent) over eight semesters following completion of high school.

Applicants who have received a diploma of collegial studies (CEGEP) in the province of Quebec must have completed 90 credits (six semesters) in a Quebec university to obtain the required degree.

A full course load (e.g. 15 credits) is expected in regular sessions. Summer or other interim sessions are acceptable, however they should not take away from regular sessions.

Applicants may be considered on the basis of a second undergraduate degree. A minimum of 45 consecutive graded credits completed on a full-time basis must be completed by the November 1st application deadline.

The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is no longer an admissions requirement.

As an indicator of the GPA that is competitive, here are the average GPAs for admitted dental students in the past three years:

2013 3.78
2012 3.71
2011 3.76

Basic Science Requirements


NOTICE TO APPLICANTS ► This serves as advance notice that effective September 2015 (for applications for Fall 2016 entry), applicants will be required to have completed (with official grades submitted) all of the basic science prerequisite coursework (at college or university-level) by January 15th of the year they will be applying. Please note that the Admissions Office expects you to have no more than 2 outstanding basic science courses by the application deadline.

To learn more about our Basic science requirements, please refer to this document.

Applicants must have successfully completed (or be in the final stages of completing) the following courses at a college (Cegep) or university level:

  • a minimum six (6) credits of introductory biology/biological sciences coursework with labs
  • a minimum six (6) credits of general (or physical) chemistry coursework with labs
  • a minimum three (3) credits of organic chemistry coursework with labs
  • a minimum six (6) credits of introductory physics coursework with labs (3 credits in Calculus could also count towards half of the required credits in Physics)

In addition to the above prerequisite courses, it is strongly recommended that students know Biology, Physiology, Statistics and Genetics at a level equivalent to the first-year introductory courses at McGill. Those courses are not yet mandatory, but are considered a good preparation for the studies of the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry.

The biology requirement consists of the two courses:

BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 201 Cell Biology & Metabolism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

The statistics requirement is satisfied by any of the following courses:

BIOL 373 Biometry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PSYC 204 Intro to Psychological Stats 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

The genetics requirement is satisfied by this course:

BIOL 202 Basic Genetics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Grades of "Pass/Fail" (Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory) are not acceptable in coursework; numerical or letter-class grades are required. Academic performance within these courses will be considered. Courses completed more than eight (8) years before the application deadline will not be considered. Exception may be made for applicants with advanced degrees in the material concerned (an official request would need to be sent to our Admissions Office). Distance or correspondence education courses will be considered by the Admissions Office.

The Admissions Office may accept Advanced Levels (UK System), French Baccalaureate année Terminale, Série S, IBO Courses (Higher Level) and AP Results (College Board) as acceptable alternatives. Official test results should be sent from the examination board directly to McGill Documentation Centre (see coordinates in this section of our website, under the 'Required documents' tab)

You can use the Math & Science Equivalence Table to see if your course has been evaluated to have a McGill equivalent. For description of McGill courses mentioned in the table, you can use this course listing.

The University of Toronto has a different layout for chemistry courses when it comes to students who do not major in Chemistry. Many successful applicants from the University of Toronto have CHM138 and 139, along with CHM 220 and another chemistry-related course —including Biochemistry— that has laboratory work (e.g. CHM 217, CHM 238, CHM 247, CHM 249, BCH 370, ...). It is recommended that you speak with your academic adviser for proper course planning. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.

If registered in the B.H.Sc.(H) program at McMaster, the courses HTH SCI 1I06, along with 2F03 and 2FF3, are considered as fulfilling the biology requirement. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.

Admission Statistics

  • 28 students were admitted for Fall 2014 - 21 Quebec residents, 7 Non-Quebec Canadians

The following numbers are presented as reference and do not necessarily offer predictive validity.

Number of applicants 413
Number of interviewed candidates 72
Lowest cGPA of interviewed Quebec residents 3.51
Lowest cGPA of interviewed Non-Quebec Canadians 3.64
Average cGPA of admitted in-province candidates 3.79
Average cGPA of admitted out-of-province candidates 3.86
Fall 2014 Class average 3.82

Curriculum

Click here for more information about our DMD curriculum [.pdf]

Total credits

217.5

DMD I
Fall Semester (FMD)
DENT 101 (J1) Dentistry Apprenticeship 1 2
DENT 125 (D1) Oral Health Research 1 1.5
INDS 111 Molecules to Global Health 6
INDS 112 Respiration 6
INDS 113 Circulation 8
INDS 119 (D1) Clinical Method 1 1.5

Semester Total

25

Winter Semester (FMD)
DENT 101 (J2) Dentistry Apprenticeship 1 2
DENT 125 (D2) Oral Health Research 1 1.5
INDS 114 Digestion & Metabolism 8
INDS 115 Renal 6
INDS 116 Defense 6
INDS 119 (D2) Clinical Method 1 1.5

Semester Total

25

Summer Semester (FMD)
DENT 101 (J3) Dentistry Apprenticeship 1 2
INDS 117 Infection 6
INDS 118 Movement 6

Semester Total

14

Year Total

64

DMD II
Fall Semester (FMD)
DENT 201 Dentistry Apprenticehip 2 1
DENT 225 (D1) Oral Health Research 2 1.5
INDS 211 Reproduction & Sexuality 6
INDS 212 Human Behaviour 12
INDS 219 Clinical Method 2 1.5

Semester Total

22

Winter Semester
DENT 215 (D1) Tooth Movement (Ortho) 1
DENT 217 Foundations of Dentistry 7
DENT 218 (D1) Support Tissue (Perio) 1
DENT 220 (D1) Intro to Restorative Dent. 6.5
DENT 221 (D1) Tooth Loss (Edentulism) 2.5
DENT 222 (D1) Radiology 1
DENT 224 (D1) Transition to Clinic 2
DENT 225 (D2) Oral Health Research 2 1.5

Semester Total

22.5

Summer Semester
DENT 215 (D2) Tooth Movement (Ortho) 1
DENT 218 (D2) Support Tissue (Perio) 1
DENT 220 (D2) Intro to Restorative Dent. 6.5
DENT 221 (D2) Tooth Loss (Edentulism) 2.5
DENT 222 (D2) Radiology 1
DENT 224 (D2) Transition to Clinic 2

Semester Total

14

Year Total

58.5

DMD III
Fall Semester
DENT 305 (D1) Dental Public Health 1.5
DENT 310 (J1) Junior Clerkship 5
DENT 311 (J1) Endodontics 1 1
DENT 315 (J1) Orthodontics 1 0.7
DENT 316 (D1) Pedodontics 1 2
DENT 317 (D1) Oral Pathology 1.5
DENT 318 (J1) Periodontology 1
DENT 319 (D1) Dental Pharmacology 1.5
DENT 320 (J1) Restorative Dentistry 2.4
DENT 322 (J1) Image Interpretation 1.4
DENT 323 (J1) Oral Maxillofacial Surgery 1.4
DENT 325 (D1) Oral Health Research 3 1.5

Semester Total

20.9

Winter Semester
DENT 305 (D2) Dental Public Health 1.5
DENT 310 (J2) Junior Clerkship 5
DENT 311 (J2) Endodontics 1 1
DENT 315 (J2) Orthodontics 1 0.7
DENT 316 (D2) Pedodontics 1 2
DENT 317 (D2) Oral Pathology 1.5
DENT 318 (J2) Periodontology 1
DENT 319 (D2) Dental Pharmacology 1.5
DENT 320 (J2) Restorative Dentistry 2.4
DENT 322 (J2) Image Interpretation 1.4
DENT 323 (J2) Oral Maxillofacial Surgery 1.4
DENT 325 (D2) Oral Health Research 3 1.5
DENT 337 Clinical Decision Making 1 2

Semester Total

22.9

Summer Semester
DENT 310 (J3) Junior Clerkship/Summer Clinic 5
DENT 311 (J3) Endodontics 1 1
DENT 315 (J3) Orthodontics 1 0.6
DENT 318 (J3) Periodontology 1
DENT 320 (J3) Restorative Dentistry 2.2
DENT 322 (J3) Image Interpretation 1.2
DENT 323 (J3) Oral Maxillofacial Surgery 1.2

Semester Total

12.2

Year Total

56

DMD IV
Fall Semester
DENT 407 (D1) Practice Management 1
DENT 409 Advanced Restorative Dent. 2
DENT 410 (D1) Senior Clerkship 5.5
DENT 411 Endodontics 2 1
DENT 412 (D1) Oral Facial Pain 1
DENT 413 Community Clinics 2
DENT 415 (D1) Orthodontics 2 1.5
DENT 416 (D1) Pedodontics 2 2
DENT 418 Periodontology Seminar 2
DENT 423 (D1) Oral Surgery & Pathology 2.5
DENT 425 (D1) Oral Health Research 4 1.5
DENT 437 Clinical Decision Making 2 2

Semester Total

24

Winter Semester
DENT 406 Ethics & Jurisprudence 1
DENT 410 (D2) Senior Clerkship 5.5
DENT 412 (D2) Oral Facial Pain 1
DENT 415 (D2) Orthodontics 2 1.5
DENT 416 (D2) Pedodontics 2 2
DENT 423 (D2) Oral Surgery & Pathology 2.5
DENT 425 (D2) Oral Health Research 4 1.5

Semester Total

15

Year Total

39

Other Requirements

Oral Health Research Final Project – "Table Clinics"

Please note that for classes 2017 and on, the Oral Health Research Day presentations (formerly known as "Table Clinics") will be part of DENT 425: Oral Health Research 4. The event is held mid-January on an annual basis and serves as the culminating task for Oral Health Research training in the DMD program. All DMD IV students are required to present at the event and all other students are required to attend the event as audience members.

Basic Cardiac Life Support

Students are required to be certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS; course of the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation with a practical component or the equivalent) during every year of the D.M.D. program. Students will be charged $45 for their BCLS certificate.