Student Clubs and Organizations

Student Official List: Student Officials 2023-2024

The DUS includes representatives from both the DMD and DHDP programs.


As a student at UBC FOD, you can join the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) community for free and get access to a wide range of dental education events and publications, and grow your network to include Dental educators and professionals across USA and CANADA. – You will find industry resources, scholarships and awards – hot-topic webinars and have an opportunity to participate in the ADEA student Diversity Leadership Program, and discussion boards on a variety of topics.
ADEA is a diverse movement of faculty, students and partners, each bringing valuable experiences, insights and achievements to oral health and dental education. Areas of interest range from Clinic Administration to Dental Hygiene to Clinical Simulation to Addiction Education and so on!
We have a student chapter here at the faculty and we encourage all DMD, DH and Grad students to join the chapter.

Contact Information:

Join ADEA at
Once you have registered to be a member, you will be able to immediately see your membership ID, which is required in order to join the UBC ADEA Chapter through the following Facebook Group

UBC ADEA Chapter President: Praakrut Purohit:

ADEA Senior Dental Hygiene Student Representative: Tayler Treit

The Chapter will be continuing the Residency Speaker Series in the coming months, and the Facebook group will have first access to updates and future events!


ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADEA ADCFP)

Founded in 2006, the ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) provides an opportunity for students to get a sense of the "day-to-day" life of a dental faculty at an academic dental institution. Students will receive one-on-one mentorship from a faculty member, and together they will work on either a research or teaching project. Students can expect to receive mentorship in areas including but not limited to: interviewing skills, academic career landscape, and best practices in research.
Complete the application form below by June 30th if you wish to apply!

Interested in becoming a fellow or a mentor? Contact Dr. Zul Kanji, ADEA ADCFP Liaison, for more information.

UBC/ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Application Form

  • Application Deadline: June 30

  • Please provide complete responses to the following:


The Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA) aims to connect dentistry students throughout Canada, represent the national student voice to advocate for optimal dental education, and provide an avenue to involve students in organized dentistry. The FCDSA provides networking opportunities and resources for financial planning, insurance and investments, information about career paths and the national board exam, and much more. Through the FCDSA, you can address concerns regarding your education and future career on a national scale. Since 2018, the FCDSA has organized the biennial Canadian Dental Student Conference (CDSC) that brings together dental students across Canada, giving them valuable opportunities to network; attend speaker sessions on career options, practice management, and current trends in dentistry; participate in hands-on workshops; and enjoy an evening banquet. All Canadian dentistry student associations are members of the federation, whose purpose is to enhance the student experience in the dental profession. Students who are members of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry Dental Undergraduate Society will be automatically granted membership to the FCDSA.

Contact Information:

For more information, please visit our website at

Poster in shades of blue with information about UBC SPEA. Information from the poster is written below it.


Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry (SPEA) is a national, student-driven association that was established to promote and support students’ lifelong commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve and to further the dental profession. The Association is open to all students in the Faculty of Dentistry.

Registration form:

To learn more, please email UBC SPEA representatives:

To contact the Faculty Advisor, please reach out to Dr. Clifford Pau:


The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Student Association aims to initiate and promote a better understanding and appreciation of both the specialty and application in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery among dental students at the University of British Columbia. Its ultimate objective is to foster a relationship between the dental students and the oral and maxillofacial surgery community through educational presentations, case studies, application workshops, and networking events. OMFSSA hosts a variety of events, including:

  • IV cannulation clinic
  • Networking night with oral surgeons and current OMFS residents
  • Info night on applying for OMFS and other graduate specialties across Canada and the USA (i.e. navigating PASS)
  • Interview practices geared towards graduate applications (including GPR, ortho, etc.)
  • CBSE studying tips
  • Suture lab
  • Lectures and case studies on interesting OMFS topics by oral surgeons, residents and/or students

Membership is free, and allows you to attend events that are exclusive to the members of OMFSSA.

To speak to the Faculty Advisor, please reach out to Dr. Ian Matthew.

What is the Colour Project?

The Colour Project is a not-for-profit society registered with the Government of British Columbia that provides anonymous, free, day-to-day and one-to-one emotional support via text to those struggling with anxiety and/or depression, using peer support volunteers.

Who is this service for?

This service is for individuals (all students in the Faculty of Dentistry) who are struggling with their mental health and would like day-to-day emotional support from a peer support volunteer. We are not a crisis line or a counselling service, and we do not provide professional advice; however, our hope is that we can help by being there for each other, and listening.

What can I expect if I reach out to the service? How can I confirm I remain anonymous?

To be connected with a peer support volunteer, you will need to enter your phone number on our website: You will then be sent a welcome message along with a confirmation code to text back and be connected to a peer support volunteer. Phone numbers are masked between volunteers and individuals seeking help using Twilio, so everyone stays anonymous.

Who can be a volunteer?

Anyone who has an interest in providing peer support to those struggling with their mental health can be a volunteer. Personal experiences with mental health or helping someone else who has been struggling with their mental health can be helpful but are not required. Interested applicants can apply on our website at

You can also find The Colour Project on Facebook ( and Instagram (

For more information, please contact Lisa John, Counsellor, Faculty of Dentistry



The overall goal of the AAWD is to provide resources for advancing, connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists and to become a national network for employment opportunities and scientific exchange. Casey and Sunny, previous club leaders worked towards granting student members access to AAWD student scholarships and awards. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Canadian Association for Women Dentists (CAWD) at UBC. CAWD is the Canadian Chapter of the American Association for Women Dentists (AAWD), and encompasses several dental Faculties across Canada. Casey Ng (DMD 2022) and Sunny Sohn (DMD 2022) were the first UBC representatives for CAWD, and have been instrumental in introducing CAWD to students in our Faculty. CAWD is currently open to DMD and grad students only.

The UBC CAWD will be publishing short articles in future Just Smiles, interviewing female faculty members and alumni about their personal and professional journeys in dentistry. Stay tuned to find out more about the female experience in dentistry as told by your own clinical advisors/bay-end instructors/liaisons/professors!

Contact Information:

If you are interested in becoming a member and getting involved with CAWD, please contact Student Affairs at

To start a student club or organization within the Faculty of Dentistry, follow these steps*:

  1. To apply, write a brief summary of your club’s intentions/activities, along with the names of organizers, and send this document directly to the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs , Dr. Zul Kanji.
  2. You will be notified when your application has been received, under review, or accepted.
  3. Once your proposal is accepted, you will be requested to submit a club constitution, directly to the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs, Dr. Zul Kanji.
  4. Following approval of the club’s constitution, you may proceed as outlined in your action plan. For example, you may
    • Host an Inaugural General Meeting
    • Recruit new members
    • Create a club page on the Faculty of Dentistry Website by submitting information to
    • Hold a fund-raising event

*At this time, all non-curricular events hosted within Faculty of Dentistry buildings must have prior approval and must meet COVID-19 restrictions as outlined in official FOD safety plans.

Any questions? Please email

Want to learn more about UBC clubs? Visit the Student Life blog about Clubs by UBC!