Calendar of Courses


Wednesday – Friday, May 24-26, 2017

2017 Orthodontic Module UPDATE for Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists with Dr. Paul Witt

Like all professions, orthodontic practices and procedures have changed and evolved over the years. Depending upon your experiences in practice since you participated in an Orthodontic Module, your understanding of orthodontic techniques and procedures may not be current. This program will provide you with an up-to-date knowledge base.

The Update is open to CDAs and RDHs who have already completed an accredited Orthodontic Module. You can take this course regardless of whether or not you are currently licensed to practice, or employed. This course is not applicable to participants who are required by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC to be recertified in Orthodontics.

The program will run Wednesday May 24th – Friday May 26th inclusive from 8:30am – 5:30pm. Participants in the Module Update will attend the same lecture sessions as the participants in the UBC Orthodontic Module 2017 Licensing Program, but will not attend the clinical component of the Program. As such, there is no examination or clinical evaluation for participants in the Module Update.

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Paul A. Witt, DDS, Dip Ortho, FRCD(C), graduated in Dentistry from the University of Toronto in 1974 and received a Diploma in Orthodontics in 1979, also from the University of Toronto. Dr. Witt has been teaching orthodontics since 1981 and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Graduate Orthodontics Program in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia.


NDEB Clinic Examination Candidate Orientation

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia is pleased to offer NDEB candidates a 3.5 hour orientation session in preparation for the upcoming ACS Examination.

The University of British Columbia is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed, sponsored or supported in any way by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada. Test names and other trademarks such as "NDEB", "BNED", logos and design marks, and service marks are the property of the NDEB and not trademarks of the University of British Columbia.

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Cast Gold Restoration with Dr. Margaret Webb

Monday - Friday, June 5-9, 2017

This is an intensive hands-on course held at the Faculty of Dentistry at The University of British Columbia on cast gold procedures using techniques developed by Dr. R.V. Tucker. Each day begins with a lecture before proceeding to the hands-on clinical day. In addition to working on individual patient cases, participants will gain a more in-depth understanding of laboratory procedures.

Patients and assistants, and supplies can be provided upon request. Contact Dr. Margaret Webb at

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Margaret A. Webb, DMD, graduated from The University of British Columbia (UBC) and has a private practice in general dentistry in Vancouver, B.C. She is actively involved in the Academy of R.V. Tucker Study Clubs as well as The American Academy of Gold Foil Operators and has been a member of both for many years. She is the cooriginator of the cast gold course for 3rd year dental students at UBC and has taught this one week clinical course through Continuing Education at UBC on an annual basis for 7 years. Dr. Webb received the Clinician of the Year from the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators in November 2008. Dr. Webb is also a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. She mentors study clubs in Montreal, Quebec and Victoria, BC.


Treatment Planning Implant Restorations for the Partially and Completely Edentulous Patient with Dr. Brian K.S. Kucey and Dr. Steven Sadowsky

Saturday, September 23, 2017

This presentation will highlight the clinical experiences of 30 years of implant dentistry in a prosthodontist private practice. The first part will be devoted to partially edentulous implant patients, with long term follow-up cases to illustrate the pros and cons of treatment decisions, complications, and their resolution. The second part will show long term results of complete arch implant treatments.

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Certificate in Dental Practice Management, Building a Business Worth Smiling About with Dr. Jim Armstrong, Dr. Anthony Boardman, Dr. Mahesh Nagarajan, Dr. Tim Silk, Mr. Scott Sinclair, Dr. Daniel Skarlicki

Friday - Sunday
Sept 29- Oct 1 , 2017, Nov 3-5, 2017, Dec 1-3, 2017

As in all successful organizations, the efficient management of systems, costs and revenues is critical to success. For dental professionals, understanding how to manage these factors and improve customer retention through quality of care are key to developing a sustainable, patient-centric practice.

Designed and delivered by UBC Sauder professors and successful dental practitioners, and based on industry best practices and key measurements, the concepts and skills presented in this certificate program will help you work more effectively with your staff, streamline your systems and make smart decisions for the future.

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Smile Design Excellence 2017
Live Patient Program with Dr. Wilson Kwong

Friday & Saturday, Sept 29 & 30, 2017
Friday & Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Develop your eye for esthetic excellence along with all the diagnostic fundamentals, techniques and core principles you will need to achieve full and effective case acceptance. Join VDEC for some serious fun! Discover how to help your patients realize their lifelong dream of having a beautiful, healthy smile without any pain or physiologic compromise.

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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

October 21, 2017

This course will review methods of reducing the likelihood that a medical emergency will occur by learning how to predict who may have a medical emergency and what that emergency is likely to be. As well, the use of emergency drugs will be discussed along with a discussion regarding the newest (as of November 2015) protocols for basic cardiac life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

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Dr. David Isen, BSc, DDS, FADI. David's dental clinic is an anaesthesia-based practice in Toronto treating patients who require intravenous sedation or advanced techniques in local anaesthesia. Many of these people have special medical needs or are dental phobic. David is the immediate past president of the Ontario Dental Society of Anesthesiology. As a lecturer, he has presented numerous lectures for both Western University's and University of Toronto's Continuing Education Program. David has given over three hundred presentations throughout North America and around the world on topics related to local anaesthesia and medical emergencies in the dental office. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, The International College of Dentists and The Pierre Fauchard Academy. David is the author of numerous journal articles. He also has peer-reviewed articles for a variety of dental journals and as well has acted as a consultant for dental and pharmaceutical companies.


Soft Tissue Grafting for the General Practitioner
Two day Hands-On course with Two Live demo surgeries


This course introduces the participants to various aspects of soft tissue grafting and periodontal plastic surgery. Topics covered will include autogenous connective tissue grafts (CTGs), autogenous free gingival grafts (FGGs), utilizing allograft materials from the market, pedicle flaps, etc. There will be two live demo surgeries by the Course Mentors on their patients along with the opportunity to practice various grafting techniques on animal mandibles.

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Dr. Tassos Irinakis, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C), received his Specialty diploma and Master's degree at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Irinakis is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. He served as the Director of the Graduate Periodontics & Implant Surgery program for nearly a decade. Dr. Irinakis is a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontology and Oral Surgery journals and serves as a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Implant & Advanced Clinical Dentistry and the Journal of Clinical and Practical Implantology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of numerous professional organizations. He has conducted clinical research on Implants & Sinus Bone Grafting and has authored several scientific articles on these topics. He lectures nationally and internationally with focus on Advanced Bone Grafting and Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Dentistry. He holds private practices in Vancouver and Courtenay, BC.

Farzan Ghannad, DDS, MSc, Dip.Perio, FRCD(C) is a certified specialist in Periodontics and received his Specialty Diploma and Masters degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his dental degree in Heidelberg, Germany and has conducted research and published in the field of Implant Dentistry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Ghannad is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC and lectures nationally on all aspects of periodontal therapy, including soft tissue grafting, regeneration and implant dentistry. He practices in Vancouver, North Vancouver, BC as well as Saskatoon, SK.

January, 2018

Adventure & Learn Maui, Hawaii 2018

January 29 - February 2, 2018

Maui, Hawaii, Fairmont Kea Lani
Join us for this exciting, unique learning opportunity... not to be missed!

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Digital Dentistry – What You Need To Know About the What, How and Why

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng

Dr. Jonathan A. Ng, BMedSc, DDS, MSc, Dip. Pros., FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Alberta and his Prosthodontic specialty at the University of British Columbia. His private practice is in Vancouver, Canada where Dr. Ng specializes in complex prosthodontic care and rehabilitation, which includes the surgical placement of implants, implant prostheses, as well as fixed and removable prostheses. Dr. Ng is also on staff as a Prosthodontist at the BC Cancer Agency treating medically complex patients. Dr. Ng works closely with the emerging technology and has written a thesis and published numerous articles on the topic of digital dentistry. As such, Dr. Ng offers a perspective of the current technology that is up-to-date and evidence based.

Aesthetics & Function of Ceramic Restorations

Dr. Chris Wyatt

Chris Wyatt, BSc, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C), Dip Pros, is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics and a Professor and Head of the Division of Prosthodontics and Dental Geriatrics at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He has published numerous papers in the field of prosthodontics, implant dentistry, dental caries, and geriatrics. In 1998, Dr. Wyatt was the recipient of the Killam Teaching Award and is the 2009 recipient of the W.W. Wood Award for "Excellence in Dental Education." Dr. Wyatt is past President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the BC Society of Prosthodontists, and is an active member of the Canadian Dental Association, British Columbia Dental Association, and the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. In addition to lecturing and providing continuing education courses on Prosthodontics within and outside of Canada, he enjoys treating patients with prosthodontic concerns in his private practice.

Endodontics: Contemporary Root Canal Instrumentation and Obturation

Dr. Jeffrey Coil

Jeffrey M. Coil, DMD, MSD., PhD., FRCD(C), FADI, FACD, is a Certified Specialist in Endodontics, and is the Director of Graduate Endodontics, at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate, dental and doctorate degrees from UBC, and his Graduate Endodontic training at the University of Washington. He is an editorial consultant for the CDA Journal and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics. He is past president of the Canadian Academy of Endodontics, and mentors the Northwest Endodontic Study Club and Seminar.


Continuing Dental Education at The University of British Columbia reserves the right to cancel courses if deemed necessary by low enrolment, instructor cancellation or other unforeseen issues. In case of course cancellation a full refund will be issued.