Summer Student Practitioner Program

Bring Another to Practice

The Summer Student Practitioner Program (SSPP) provides incoming fourth-year DMD students with an opportunity to be part of the day-to-day operation of a dental practice.

Since 1982, BC dentists and UBC dental students have participated in this mutually beneficial program approved by the BC College of Oral Health Professionals (formerly known as the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia). The British Columbia Dental Association, through the Pacific Dental Conference Trust, CDSPI, and Synergy Business Lawyers, generously provides financial support to underwrite the summer travel and living expenses for students in a rural setting.

Become part of a win-win combination that encourages new graduates to practice throughout the province, relieve your backlog, test run an associate and be a part of the learning!

Read about past student and mentor experiences.

Typical Procedures*

  • Recall examinations
  • Scaling, OH instruction/prophylaxis
  • Certain endodontic procedures
  • Conservative operative procedures
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Complete upper and lower dentures
  • Additional simple restorative procedures

*In accordance with the “UBC Year 3 DMD Students’ Benchmarks for Patient Care” document.


  • CDSPI provides malpractice insurance.
  • The BC College of Oral Health Professionals provides licensure for the student for four months.
  • Student must complete their third year of DMD studies to be eligible and are under the supervision of the participating dentist.
  • Length of time is negotiated between the student and the dentist anytime between July and the first three weeks of August for one to seven weeks.
  • Dental students may only perform procedures already learned through their studies at UBC.
  • A dentist may employ only one dental student at a time; however, a group of two or more dentists may share supervision of the student on a rotating basis.
  • The student must be provided with their own chair.
  • The supervising dentist examines all patients the student sees and delegates the duties to be performed by the student.
  • The student performs dental service at the discretion of the student and the supervising dentist per the “UBC Year 3 DMD Students’ Benchmarks for Patient Care” document.
  • The supervising dentist is responsible for ensuring the academic policies at UBC and the student’s relationship with it is supported during employment.
  • Dentists are requested to provide feedback on the student and program in a format provided by the University.

Application Form

To facilitate student matches, we ask all dentists to tell us a little about their practices and location.

Dentist-Mentor Application Form >

Support the Program

Please consider making a gift to help the continued growth and development of the SSPP.

Make a donation >


To learn more about the program or if you have any questions, please contact:

Tanja Bogdanovic
Student Services Coordinator