Summer Student Practitioner Program Stories


The SSPP Experience Spotlight: James Chen
May 15, 2016
Read about James' Summer Student Practitioner Program experience in Williams Lake

The Summer Student Practitioner Program Experience—Student and Mentor Comments
May 15, 2016
SSPP matches dentists with students between third and fourth year for two to six weeks during summer. Read what students and dentist-mentors wrote about their experience

Win-Win: Summer Student Practitioners Program Facilitates Student-to-Associate Transition
September 15, 2015
Meet three recent graduates who, after participating in the program, became associates in the practice of their SSPP placement after graduation

Student Discovers Allure of Rural Practice
March 21, 2011
UBC student Marwan Hameed never pictured himself a small-town dentist until he came across a big-city practice in the heart of BC...

Bring Another to Practice

Dentist mentors are needed for the Summer Student Practitioner Program. The success of the program has an ironic twist: each time an SSPP mentor recruits their summer student practitioner as an associate, a potential mentor for the subsequent summer is lost. And generally, there are more dental students interested in the SSPP than available mentors. So the program always needs to recruit new SSPP mentors. If you are a dentist interested in this program for the summer please let us know.

Bringing a student into your practice during summer is a simple process; a few clicks is all it takes to get started. For more information about the Summer Student Practitioner Program and to facilitate student matches, visit

DMD students who participated in the Summer Student Practitioner Program in 2017 assemble outside the John B. Macdonald Building for a photo to say thank you to their dentist-mentors.