IDDCP Admission Procedures

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

The Faculty of Dentistry is not accepting applications to the International Dental Degree Completion Program (IDDCP) until further notice.

For applications to the 4-year DMD program, or to a graduate/postgraduate program please see our website: www.dentistry.ubc.ca/education for eligibility and information.

The following is for archival information only.

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 multiple interviews (MI), 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

Applicants must:

  1. Official Transcripts – Official transcripts of all post-secondary education (including rotationships/interships related to your dental degree) and English translation, if required, to be received in the issuing institution’s official, sealed and endorsed envelopes from source.
  2. Official Degree Certificate(s) – Degree Certificate(s) and English translations, if required, to be received in issuing institution’s official, sealed and endorsed envelopes.
  3. Proof of Citizenship/Permanent Resident (PR) – Submit proof of citizenship.  Permanent Residents must provide a photocopy of both sides of their Record of Landing as proof of immigration or a photocopy of both sides of your PR card.
  4. 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.
  5. A photocopy of your NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge Examination score – A minimum grade of 75% is required for your application to be considered.
  6. 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 score sheets dated within twenty-four (24) months prior to the application deadline is required:
    • TOEFL – The minimum TOEFL score required is 580 paper-based, or 93 internet-based. TOEFL score sheets must be sent directly from source in sealed and official envelopes.  Photocopies of test score sheets are not accepted. UBC Institutional code is 0965 and the Faculty of Dentistry code is 38.
    • 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Application Fee (non-refundable) – Submit a $496 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.

Please note that we do not accept notarized copies of any of the above required documents.  Documents can be received directly from the applicant only if these documents are in official sealed and endorsed source envelopes.  Opened documents will not be accepted.

If your current name is different from the name on any of your admission documents you must submit an official name change and/or marriage certificate in a sealed and endorsed official source envelope.  If applicable, please make this is known to the admissions office when submitting documents.

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.

Unsuccessful applicants’ documents are kept on file for one 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.

Phase 2

Applicants must:

  1. 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.
  2. undergo a psychomotor skills assessment on dental mannequins at UBC (see detailed description below).  Our dentoforms are FRASACO ANA-4.
  3. 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:
  4. PlanmecaRheostat
  5. undertake multiple interviews (MI) at UBC.
  6. participate in a PBL orientation session.
  7. Submit a $1,060 CAD assessment fee.

Phase 2 will normally occur over a three-day period in October. In addition to the multiple interviews, 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 five evaluated tasks will consist of:

  1. Class II Amalgam Preparation
  2. Class II Amalgam Restoration
  3. Class III Composite  Preparation
  4. Class III Composite Restoration
  5. Rubber Dam Application

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.

International Dental Degree Completion Program (IDDCP)

Phase 2, Admissions Process – For Entry in the 2016/17 Academic Year

Psychomotor Skills Assessment (PSA) – Information Package

This package contains:

Clinical and Professional Issues

  • Dispensary Materials List
  • Evaluation/Self-Evaluation Criteria:
    • Class II Amalgam Preparation
    • Class II Amalgam Restoration
    • Class III Composite Preparation
    • Class III Composite Restoration
    • Rubber Dam Application

Clinical and Professional Issues

  • Appropriate use of light for intraoral viewing
  • Appropriate use of intraoral mirror (indirect vision) during each phase of clinical treatment
  • Use of water for all rotary tooth preparation interventions
  • Appropriate patient contact
  • Appropriate selection and use of fulcrums
    • Infection control guideline compliance– includes appropriate use of barrier protection, including gloves, masks, protective glasses, overgloves,
  • Use of UBC equipment and supplies To view the instrumentation and supplies, please go to the following web page: http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/iddcp-phase2/
  • Accountability for selection of appropriate pulpal protection materials, depending upon depth of tooth preparation and final restorative material(s). (The actual placement of such protection may not be required, but applicants can be asked what materials and/or techniques they might choose for their preparations.)
  • Self-evaluation will be part of the overall Psychomotor Skill Assessment (PSA). Refer to “Evaluation Criteria”

Dispensary Materials List

AMALGAM & COMPOSITE

Caulk-Dentsply Dispersalloy Disposacaps 2 Spills
   Filtek Z100

LINERS/BASES/ETCH/ADHESIVE

3M ESPE Photac Fil VLC G.l. Liner
3M ESPE Vitrabond G.l. Liner
GCAmerica Fuji II VLC G.l. Liner
Ultradent Ultra-Etch Etchant
3M ESPE Scotchbond Primer Primer
3M ESPE Scotchbond Adhesive Adhesive

MATRICES

Dentsply Canada Palodent
  Caulk-Dentsply Automatrix System-Metal
Henry Schein Tee Bands-Adult & Pedo Straight
Frasaco Strip Roll Clear
Premier Cure Thru Cervical Matrices
Henry Schein Matrix Bands-Adult 1,2 & Pedo 13

WEDGES

Premier Sycamore-Small to Large
Premier Cure Thru Wedges
Teledyne Water Pik Wizard Wedges-Assorted

MISCELLANEOUS

Artus Occlusal Registration Strips (Shimstock)
Mynol Articulating Paper Blue-Thick
3M ESPE Soflex Discs
3M ESPE Soflex Finishing Strips
ParkeII Accufilm Red/Black & Black/Black

 

Class II Amalgram Preparation – The criteria below describe a preparation for a tooth with minimal caries.

 

Grade External Outline Form Internal Form Finish
A+

·     Proximal and/or gingival margins clear adjacent teeth 0.5 mm or less

·     Optimal extension based on location and extent of caries present

·     Cavosurface angle 90o

·     No damage to adjacent teeth, Assessment tooth beyond preparation or gingiva

·     Optimal resistance and retention form based on location and extent of caries present with no unnecessary removal of internal tooth structure

·     All internal line angles rounded

·     Smooth cavosurface margins

·     All unsupported enamel removed

·     No debris or caries (infected dentin)

A

·     Proximal margin clears adjacent tooth 0.5-1.0mm

·     Minor occlusal overextension

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth beyond preparation margin corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to gingiva

 

·     Minor overpreparation occlusally

·     Minor overpreparation axially

·     Small area of roughness
D

·     Proximal margin does not clear adjacent tooth

·     Proximal margin clears adjacent tooth 1.0 – 1.5mm

·     Proximal wall flared

·     Unacceptable isthmus junction

·     Buccal-lingual width too wide

·     Buccal-lingual width too narrow

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth beyond preparation margin

·     Unacceptable damage to gingiva

 

·     Pulpal floor too deep 2.5 – 3.0mm

·     Pulpal floor too shallow 1.0 – 1.5mm

·     Axial wall too deep 1.5 – 3.0mm

·     Axial wall too shallow <0.5mm

·     Unnecessary removal of tooth structure

·     Divergent walls

·     Sharp line angle

·     Undefined line angle

·     Unacceptable roughness

·     Unacceptable unsupported enamel

·     Presence of debris

E

·     Proximal margin clears adjacent tooth > 1.5mm

·     Significant occlusal overextension

·     Significant occlusal underextension

·     Major damage to adjacent tooth

·     Major damage to Assessment tooth beyond preparation margin

·     Excessive damage to gingiva

 

·     Pulpal floor too deep > 3.0 mm

·     Pulpal floor too shallow < 1.0mm

·     Axial wall too deep > 3.0mm

·     Excessive overpreparation. Alternate design or RCT required

·     Excessive roughness

·     Excessive unsupported enamel

·     Caries remaining on axial or pulpal

·     Caries remaining at dentinoenamel junction

Class II Amalgam Restoration 

Grade Surface quality Margin Contours and Function
A+ ·     Uniform smoothness

·     Junction of tooth/restoration not detectable with explorer

·     No debris/loose amalgam in soft tissue

·     No damage to adjacent teeth, Assessment tooth or gingiva

·     Physiologic tooth contours of occlusal and proximal surfaces optimally restored

·     Optimal proximal contact restored

·     Optimal occlusal contact

 

A ·     Some areas of roughness

·     Margin slightly detectable

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to gingiva

 

·     Slightly undercontoured

·     Slightly overcontoured

·     Proximal contact slightly too occlusal

·     Proximal contact slightly too gingival

·     Proximal contact slightly too broad

·     Slight marginal ridge disharmony

 

D ·     Roughness or scratches requiring correction

·     Excess amalgam at margin < 0.5mm

·     Disharmony of amalgam-enamel margin < 0.5mm on occlusal

·     Debris/loose amalgam in soft tissue

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth

·     Unacceptable damage to gingiva

 

·     Undercontoured < 0.5mm

·     Overcontoured < 0.5mm

·     Poor occlusal morphology

·     Light proximal contact

·     Proximal contact too occlusal

·     Proximal contact too gingival

·     Proximal contact too broad/concave

·     Proximal contact too tight/rough

·     Marginal ridge disharmony < 1.0mm

·     Excessive occlusal contact

 

E

·     Excessive roughness or scratches

·     Deep or excessive voids other than at margin

·     Restoration must be replaced because of surface quality

·     Excess amalgam at margin > 0.5mm

·     Deficiency/void at margin requiring replacement of restoration

·     Excessive debris/loose amalgam in soft tissue

·     Major damage to adjacent tooth

·     Major damage to Assessment tooth

·     Excessive damage to gingiva

·     Undercontoured > 0.5mm

·     Overcontoured > 0.5mm

·     No proximal contact

·     Marginal ridge disharmony > 1.0mm

·     Restoration fractured or loose

 Class III Composite Preparation – The criteria below describe a preparation for a tooth with minimal caries. 

Grade External Outline Form Internal Form Finish
A+

·     Optimal extension based on location and extent of caries present

·     Gingival margin supragingival

·     No damage to adjacent teeth, Assessment tooth beyond preparation or gingiva

 

·     Optimal resistance and retention form based on location and extent of caries present with no unnecessary removal of internal tooth structure

·     Smooth cavosurface margin

·     No debris or caries (infected dentin)

A

·     Minor overextension

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth beyond preparation margin corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to gingiva

 

·     Minor overpreparation

·     Minor underpreparation

·     Minor roughness
D

·     Underextended < 0.5mm

·     Overextended < 0.5mm

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth beyond preparation margin

·     Unacceptable damage to gingiva

 

·     Too deep 2.0 – 3.0mm

·     Unacceptable underpreparation

·     Unnecessary removal of internal tooth structure

·     Unacceptable roughness

·     Presence of debris

E

·     Underextended > 0.5mm

·     Overextended > 0.5mm

·     Cavitation not included

·     Major damage to adjacent tooth

·     Major damage to Assessment tooth beyond preparation margin

·     Excessive damage to gingiva

 

·     Too deep > 3.0mm

·     Excessive underpreparation

·     Excessive overpreparation. Alternate design or RCT required

·     Caries remaining on axial

·     Caries remaining at dentinoenamel junction

 Class III Composite Resin Restoration – These criteria do not include shade matching, which is NOT part of the evaluation. 

Grade Restoration Quality and Finish Margin Contours and Function
A+

·     Uniform smoothness

·     Uniform polish matching tooth surface

·     No contamination of resin (no stain or inclusions)

·     Junction of tooth/restoration not detectable or slightly detectable with explorer

·     No excess resin past preparation margin

·     No damage to adjacent teeth, Assessment tooth or gingiva

·     Physiologic tooth contours of occlusal and proximal surfaces optimally restored

·     Optimal proximal contact restored

·     No excess resin in/on soft issue

·     No excess resin on hard tissue

A

·     Areas needing more polish

·     Minor contamination of resin not affecting durability or esthetics

·     Minor amount of resin beyond preparation margin

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth corrected by enameloplasty

·     Minor damage to gingiva

·     Undecontoured < 0.5mm

·     Overcontoured < 0.5mm

·     Proximal contact slightly too occlusal

·     Proximal contact slightly too gingival

·     Proximal contact slightly too broad

·     Slight marginal ridge disharmony

D

·     Unacceptable roughness, scratches or voids

·     Porosities

·     Contamination of resin that needs correction

·     Deficiency/void at margin < 0.5mm

·     Excess resin beyond preparation margin requiring correction

·     Minor damage to adjacent tooth

·     Minor damage to Assessment tooth

·     Unacceptable damage to gingiva

 

·     Undercontoured 0.5 – 1.0mm

·     Overcontoured 0.5 – 1.0mm

·     Poor occlusal morphology

·     Light proximal contact

·     Proximal contact too occlusal

·     Proximal contact too gingival

·     Proximal contact too broad/concave

·     Proximal contact too tight/rough

·     Marginal ridge disharmony < 1.0mm

·     Excess resin in/on soft tissue

·     Excess resin on hard tissue

·     Excessive occlusal contact

E

·     Excessive roughness, scratches or voids

·     Excessive porosities

·     Excessive contamination of resin requiring replacement of entire restoration

·     Incomplete polymerization

·     Deficiency/void at margin > 0.5mm

·     Excessive amount of excess resin beyond preparation margin

·     Major damage to adjacent tooth

·     Major damage to Assessment tooth

·     Excessive damage to gingiva

·     Undercontoured > 1.0mm

·     Overcontoured > 1.0mm

·     Lack of physiologic contour

·     No proximal contact

·     Floss will not pass through proximal contact

·     Marginal ridge disharmony > 1.0mm

·     Excessive amount of excess resin in/on soft tissue

·     Excessive amount of excess resin on hard tissue

·     Restoration fractured or loose

 Rubber Dam Application

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• Stable retainer

• Correct retainer

• Provide adequate access

• Properly oriented

• Inverted on teeth in operative area

• No oral fluid seepage or minor seepage that does not affect procedure

• Patient comfortable with unrestricted airway

y

• Unnecessary minor trauma to gingivae

• Retainer unstable

• Improper orientation, inadequate access

• Not inverted in operative area

• Dam not through contact

• Seepage that has to be controlled

• Patient uncomfortable

• No floss on retainer

• Retainer must be reoriented because it is causing trauma

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• Wrong retainer selected

• Uncontrollable oral fluid seepage affecting procedure

• Unnecessary trauma or damage to tooth requiring repair

• Dam not used when indicated and possible

• Patient compromised by rubber dam placement

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.

Acceptance/Orientation

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.