Patterson Dental Learning Centre

The Patterson Dental Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art clinic dedicated to supporting dental professionals and students in practicing and advancing dental techniques in a clinical setting. It provides sustainable access to continuing dental education through dental study clubs and provides an integrated learning opportunity for students. The PDLC takes its name from donor Patterson Dental, one of Canada’s leading professional dental equipment and supplies distributors.

Located in a space once known as the Sutherland Clinic on the ground floor of the John B. Macdonald Building, this comprehensive learning centre provides a modernized clinical setting with an open-design chair layout and high-tech equipment.

  • Eleven A-dec 511 ambidextrous chair units with a 533 Continental Delivery System
  • 3 enclosed & 8 open operatories
  • One chair in main open clinic area equipped with webcam and microphone capable of transmitting to the lecture room pavilion
  • A-dec handpieces (high, low & electric)
  • Medical grade suction at all chairs
  • Eight Sirona x-ray units with CCD sensors & computers with export capability
  • A-dec sterilization centre including autoclave and HPC Cleaner
  • CEREC omnicam
  • Lecture room pavilion (16 seats) adjacent to the main open clinic area
  • Patient waiting area

Patient Waiting Area


Lecture Room Pavilion

All study clubs can use the PDLC. UBC Dentistry CDE oversees booking management. To learn more about the space and to book sessions for your study club, please contact:

Brenda Kiernan
Director, UBC Continuing Dental Education

Patterson Dental Learning Centre
Ground Floor, J.B. Macdonald Building
2199 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
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Help us sustain an outstanding education facility and commit to lifelong learning through the PDLC!

We have established the Friends of the Centre Fund to allow the dental community to support the day-to-day operation costs of the PDLC and be part of its legacy by naming one of the operatories or learning areas within the centre. Your charitable gift will support costs, including sundries maintenance and clinical upgrades.