All Clinical Programs - Important Info for Applicants
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NOTE: The application deadline for starting the IDDCP in 2014/15 is June 7, 2013.
The admission process is divided into two phases. Phase 1 consists of an evaluation of academic credentials, work experience, an English Proficiency Examination (either TOEFL or IELTS), and an Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge. From all of the eligible Phase 1 applicants, short-listed applicants will be invited to Phase 2. Phase 2 consists of a 3-day assessment including a personal interview, an oral communication test by the English Language Institute at UBC, a psychomotor skills assessment on dental mannequins, and evaluation of participation in a PBL orientation session. Applicants will also meet some faculty members, be given a tour of the Faculty, and have an opportunity to meet the IDDCP students currently in 3rd and 4th year. Not all short-listed applicants will be offered a place in the class.
Phase 1: Academic Credentials Evaluation
- Official Transcripts - Official transcripts of all post-secondary education and English translation, if required, to be received in the issuing institution's official, sealed and endorsed envelopes from source.
- Official Degree Certificate(s) - Degree Certificate(s) and English translations, if required, to be received in issuing institution's official, sealed and endorsed envelopes.
- Proof of Citizenship/Permanent Resident - Submit proof of citizenship. Permanent Residents must provide a photocopy of both sides of their Record of Landing as proof of immigration.
- Letter of Good Standing - Submit a letter of good standing from the licensing authority,
or its equivalent, of the region in which the applicant last
practiced. The letter of good standing must be sent directly from source in a sealed and endorsed official envelope.
- A copy of your NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge Examination score - A minimum grade of 75% is required for your application to be considered.
- English Proficiency Requirements - Applicants who received their qualifying degree from a country in which English is not the primary language, must provide evidence of English proficiency. One of the following is required:
- TOEFL - The minimum TOEFL score required is 580 paper-based, or 93 internet-based, taken within twenty-four (24) months prior to the application deadline. TOEFL score sheets must be sent directly from source in sealed and official envelopes. Photocopies of test score sheets are not accepted.
- IELTS - An overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 on each academic component (not general) of the IELTS Exam is required. Applicants are required to complete all four modules - Listening, Speaking, Academic Reading and Academic Writing of the Academic Test. Our office must receive an original IELTS Score Sheet directly from source. Photocopies of test score sheets are not accepted.
- Alternatively, applicants with five years of full-time secondary or higher education in English in Canada or the equivalent in another country where English is the principal language may be exempt from writing the English proficiency exam. Transcripts proving the above must be provided.
- On-line Application - Submit the completed on-line application. The application is available by clicking on the "Apply Online" button located on the menu on the left side of this page.
- Application Fee (non-refundable) - Submit a $408 CAD non-refundable application fee. Applicants can pay online before submitting the online application or send a cheque made payable to the "The University of British Columbia". Application fee must be received by the application deadline date.
Your application for admission and all supporting documents listed above MUST be received by our office on or before the specified deadline to be considered for admission in June of the following year.
All supporting documents and the application fee payment should be sent to:
Admissions Office - IDDCP
Faculty of Dentistry
The University of British Columbia
2199 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 CANADA
Selection for Phase 2
Applicants will be selected for Phase 2 based on their academic credentials, the results of the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge Examination, and work experience. As spaces are limited, not all applicants will be invited to participate in Phase 2 of the admissions process.
- undertake the Oral Language Proficiency Interview at UBC to
demonstrate competence in spoken English. Applicants must achieve
a level of 5 or higher. English is the medium of instruction
in Dentistry and strong communication skills are necessary to
function effectively in the clinical setting. This requirement
is in addition to the English Language admissions standard.
- undergo a psychomotor skills assessment on dental mannequins
at UBC (see detailed description below).
UBC Dentistry employs Planmeca dental operatories for the clinical assessment phase of the the IDDCP application process. Please see images below of the Planmeca rheostat that is in use at UBC Dentistry:
- undertake a personal interview at UBC.
- participate in a PBL orientation session.
- Submit a $1,020 CAD assessment fee.
Phase 2 will normally occur over a three-day period in Autumn. In addition to the personal interview, English speaking and listening skills assessment, psychomotor skills assessment, and participation in the UBC problem based learning curriculum, Phase 2 participants will be given a Faculty tour, an orientation to the clinic, an introduction to the clinic computer system. meet some faculty members, and have an opportunity to meet informally with the IDDCP students currently in 3rd and 4th year.
As part of the Phase 2 admissions assessment, each invited candidate will undergo a psychomotor skills assessment on dental mannequins in a standard clinical environment. Criteria for each of three evaluated tasks will be provided to the candidate prior to their arrival at UBC for the Phase 2 assessment. The psychomotor assessment will consist of an overview of the assessment process, an orientation, a practice session, an evaluation session to perform and be evaluated on the tasks outlined, and a 15 minute self-evaluation session. All standard hand and rotary instruments and materials and supplies will be provided. Phase 2 applicants are required to bring their own clinic attire for clothing protection (e.g., lab coat, smock or gown, scrubs, and non-marking shoes) and their own safety glasses or surgical magnification (e.g., telescopes or loupes). Eye protection is mandatory in the clinic environment. The three evaluated tasks will consist of:
- MOD amalgam restoration on a supplied pre-cut maxillary right
first molar with a rubber dam in place and utilizing a dental
- Class III composite resin preparation on the distal surface
of a maxillary left central incisor with a rubber dam in place.
- Class II amalgam preparation on a maxillary left first molar with a rubber dam in place.
More detailed information on the orientation, the verbal communication skills test, the structure of the interview, the psychomotor skills assessment and the PBL case will be provided to applicants selected to Phase 2.
As spaces are limited, successful completion alone will not guarantee admissions. Candidates will be competing with other applicants from which the final selection will be made.
Successful applicants to the program will join the Faculty in mid-May of the following year for a 5 - 7 day orientation, followed by four weeks of the 2nd year dental course, DENT 420. Students will be registered as 2nd year students for one month and, after completion of this course, will then be registered as 3rd year students. Attendance at this course is mandatory in order to advance to 3rd year Dentistry. Orientation will be held in late August preceding the normal commencement of the third year of the DMD program. It will consist of an orientation to the UBC dental curriculum, and the policies, practices and procedures of the Dental Clinic.