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The General Practice Residency / Fellowship Program

The General Practice Residency / Fellowship  Program at the University of Saskatchewan is a one year training program that begins on July 1 and concludes on June 30 of the following year. Resident’s positions are salaried and include three weeks vacation. The salary is at the level of a PGY1 similar to medical PGY1’s .

This is non-hospital based program that provides rotations in: a community dental clinic on Saskatoon’s West Side (SWD); a full scope, newly constructed general dental clinic ( Clinic 120) housed at the College of Dentistry building on the University of Saskatchewan campus,  rotations in a traditional hospital dental clinic environment ( Royal University Hospital ) providing exposure to medically complex patients. This program also has rotations to Northern communities in Saskatchewan.  Currently,  residents rotate to Fond du Lac and Cumberland House, SK.,  to provide dental services.  We provide off-service rotations in the Department of Anesthesia (4 Weeks) and Emergency Medicine (one week).  There will be on-call responsibilities for successful candidates.

The goal of the program is to provide dentists with a broad multidisciplinary approach to the clinical practice of Dentistry. The broad community focus of this program is to develop the dentist’s skills and confidence in the delivery of dental care to a wide variety of patient groups.  These rotations will highlight some of the barriers to accessing care that some members of our population face in accessing dental services.  This program is NOT a gap training program to ‘learn’ dentistry; instead, it is geared for individuals who are competent practitioners who want to widen their knowledge, skills and experience in the fields of medicine and dentistry.

Applicants must have received, or be in the final year of a course of study leading to a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS)/Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) or equivalent from an accredited Canadian or US dental program. Candidates must be in receipt of this degree by the time of appointment to the program. Foreign trained individuals must have successfully completed their NDEB (Canada) and be eligible for licensure in Saskatchewan to be considered for admission. A criminal record check will be required for successful applicants.

The residents will be under the supervision and guidance of members of the attending staff (including dental specialists). As a licensed dentist in the Province of Saskatchewan individuals in this fellowship program are given autonomy to develop their clinical decision making skills.  A highly level of maturity, professionalism and independence is required. The Dental General Practice Residency/Fellowship  Program provides full exposure to all aspects of clinical dentistry and to a wide variety of patients, from the healthy to the medically complex as well as special needs patients. 

This program consists of one-on-one clinical teaching, a formal series of lectures, rounds and seminars throughout the year. Training will also include case presentations and treatment planning seminars, as well as other sessions dealing with dental and medical topics of importance.

Each resident will have the opportunity to rotate through the following disciplines; Anaesthesia, Otolaryngology (as determined by the ENT surgeons), Emergency Medicine, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics, Paediatric Dental Clinics (Operating Room), Head and Neck Oncology Clinics and rounds at Royal University Hospital and affiliated teaching hospitals in Saskatoon.

Residents gain experience in the management of head and neck oncology patients, oral medicine / pathology in healthy and immunocompromised patients, oral and maxillofacial surgery, TMJ dysfunction, geriatric dental care, special needs dentistry, exodontia, endodontics, orthodontics and general dentistry under IV sedation and general anesthesia. In addition, exposure with the surgical placement of dental implants and the restorative phase of oral implantology is provided. The program has access to a full service commercial dental lab (on campus) as well as access to all dental specialties on campus.

Selection is by application and personal interview (if requested). Eligible candidates must be graduates from accredited Canadian or US dental schools. Foreign graduates are eligible to apply providing they have already passed the NDEB examinations. Please contact Dr. M. Teekasingh directly for more information at mohan.teekasingh@usask.ca or at 306-655-1312. The application deadline is November 6, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE:  All GPR programs in Canada have agreed on November 29th 2017 as the decision date for notifying applicants of their status. Selected candidates will be given 24 hours to consider an offer.  For the 2017-18 academic year applications will be accepted by our program until November 6th, 2017; The residency/fellowship program at the University of Saskatchewan will notify applicants to our program (by email) as to the status of their applications on November 29th 2017 as well.