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Why choose McGill

Why choose McGill

Are you empathic, honest and compassionate with well developed social and communication skills?

Would you be interested in a career that improves others' well-being and serves various populations including the underprivileged?

Would you like a career that offers challenge and variety?

The Faculty of Dentistry envisions a healthy and equitable society. It is committed to the promotion of oral health and quality of life in the whole population, with emphasis on the needs of under-served communities and individuals.

We offer students the opportunity to serve the population and study at one of the few dental faculties on the continent that has teaching clinics in a hospital. You will also have the chance to learn to manage complex problems rarely seen in traditional school clinics. In addition, you will be in contact with various populations including the most vulnerable through outreach programs in underprivileged communities.

The Faculty aims to graduate more socially aware, culturally sensitive and community-oriented practitioners who are interested in being creative in their ways of providing oral health care as well as being committed to improving access to oral health care.

Take a quick peek at our Faculty's involvement in the community!

Learn more about our Faculty

The McGill Dental School was established in June 1904 as a department in the Faculty of Medicine and continued as such until 1920 when it became known as the Faculty of Dentistry.

The Faculty of Dentistry has always been closely associated with the Montreal General Hospital, where the clinical teaching in the Faculty is mainly carried out along with rotations to other teaching hospitals. The preclinical teaching laboratory is housed in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building on campus. The basic science subjects are taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine during the first 18 months of the program.

To reflect the increase in curricular content of basic science and medical courses in recent years, the Faculty requested that the degree program be renamed. The change, to Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), received University approval in the spring of 2000.

Our Vision

The Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, envisions a healthy and equitable society. It is committed to the promotion of oral health and quality of life in the whole population, with emphasis on the needs of under-served communities and individuals.

Our Main Goals

  • To enable oral health professionals to attain the highest levels of competence and commitment to patients and to the community.
  • To foster outstanding research, and to educate and nurture students in order to increase knowledge and improve the wellbeing of the population.
  • To serve the population through the delivery of oral health care in hospital facilities and through outreach programs in underprivileged communities.
  • To maintain a leadership role in oral health education, in scientific research and in the shaping of public health policy, with an emphasis on reducing health inequalities.

Our Core Values

Commitment to excellence and innovation.

Meet our students


You are interested in learning more about what it means to be a dental student at McGill? You can contact one of our Student Ambassadors by visiting this section of our website.


Come run for Outreach and meet our dental students!

Life of a Dental Student

If you are interested in volunteering with Outreach, please read the following information:

Volunteers at the Outreach Clinic are responsible for unloading the truck and setting up the venue, checking in patients, helping students set up between patients, dispensing at the clinic supply desk, and finally re-loading the truck at the end of the evening. Our volunteers are dynamic, eager to learn, personable, and quick on their feet. All our volunteers must be Hepatitis B immune. Given the large number of applications and the limited spots, applicants will go through an interview process. If you’d like to be informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please email your CV to outreach [dot] dentistry [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Please note that we are no longer recruiting for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Take a glimpse into the life of our dental students:

Life of a Dental Student

Take a look at a this very interesting project initiated by some of our dental students:

Project Bright Smiles

Faculty tours


You are a prospective dentistry student who would like to have a tour of our brand new state-of-the-art facility?

You just need to contact one of our Student Ambassadors by visiting this section of our website and sending your request to one of them. He/she will get back to you shortly and set-up a date and time to give you a tour of our new dental clinic and preclinical simulation laboratory.

Clinic Shadowing

University and CEGEP students interested in the McGill undergraduate dental programs are welcome to shadow current dental students at the McCall Undergraduate Teaching Dental Clinic.

This observership provides prospective students with an opportunity to meet current students and learn more about the program. To schedule a shadowing session, please mcgilldentshadow [at] gmail [dot] com (email) a personal CV and your availability.

When you first visit the clinic, you will be asked to submit a completed McGill Dentistry Shadowing Application and Consent Form [.pdf], from which you can also view the clinic schedule.

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