Summer Student Practitioner Program

Bring Another to Practice

The Summer Student Practitioner Program fosters the opportunity for students to experience the adventure, fun, and busyness of rural dental practice. Thank you to Pacific Dental Conference Trust and CDSPI for their generous and continuing support.

The Summer Student Practitioner Program pairs a dental practitioner with an incoming fourth-year dental student for two to six weeks during the summer.

This gives the student an opportunity to be part of the day-to-day operation and management of a dental practice.

Become part of a win-win combination that encourages more new graduates to practice throughout the province. Relieve your backlog. Test run an associate. Be part of the learning.


Since 1982, BC dentists and selected UBC dental students have participated in this mutually beneficial program which has been approved by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. The Summer Student program provides incoming fourth-year dental students with an opportunity to be part of the day-to-day operation of a dental practice and it is open to students who have successfully completed their third year of DMD studies. The British Columbia Dental Association through the Pacific Dental Conference Trust and the CDSPI generously provide financial support to underwrite the summer travel and living expenses for students placed in a rural setting.


Application Form

In order to facilitate student matches, we are asking dentists to tell us a little about their practices and location. To start the process click here for the Dentist-Mentor Application Form.

To learn more about the Summer Student Practitioner Program, contact:

Tanja Bogdanovic, Student Services Coordinator, at 604-822-7977 or send an email

Dr. Ingrid Emanuels, Director, Summer Student Practitioner Program, at 604-822-5676 or send an email

 


More about the Program

The Summer Student Practitioner Program provides students with not only additional clinical experience but also the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the practice of dentistry beyond the UBC campus.

Download a brochure for the program (PDF).

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Pertinent Points

  • Malpractice is provided by CDSPI.
  • The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia provides licensure for the student for four months.
  • Student must successfully 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 two weeks of August for two to six weeks.
  • The dental student may only perform procedures already learned through their studies at UBC.
  • Only one dental student may be employed by a dentist at one time, however, a group of two or more dentists may share supervision of the student on a rotating basis.
  • Student must be provided 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 both the student and the supervising dentist in accordance with the “UBC Year 3 DMD Students’ Benchmarks for Patient Care” document.
  • The supervising dentist is responsible to ensure the academic policies at UBC and the student’s relationship to it is supported during the term of employment.
  • Dentists are requested to provide feedback of the student and program in a format provided by the University.

Typical procedures* for the program include:

  • 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


Application Form

In order to facilitate student matches, we are asking dentists to tell us a little about their practices and location. To start the process click here for the Dentist-Mentor Application Form.

To learn more about the Summer Student Practitioner Program, contact:

Tanja Bogdanovic, Student Services Coordinator, at 604-822-7977 or send an email

Dr. Ingrid Emanuels, Director, Summer Student Practitioner Program, at 604-822-5676 or send an email