University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

Summary

University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry
University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry.jpg
The faculty building
Former names
Royal College of Dental Surgeons
TypePrivate
Established1875 (1875)
Parent institution
University of Toronto
DeanDaniel Haas
Students559 [1]
Location, ,
Websitedentistry.utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry is a dental school located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is one of the ten dental schools in Canada.[2] It is the largest dental school in Canada with a range of undergraduate and graduate level programs with a total enrollment in the range of 560. The faculty is located at the heart of Downtown Toronto's Discovery District, a neighbourhood with a high concentration of hospitals and research institutes, just south of the University of Toronto's St. George campus. In 2014, the Faculty of Dentistry joined the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC), providing support in building capacity for oral health in Ethiopia by creating collaborative teaching opportunities.[3]

History

In 1868, the Province of Ontario passed the "Act Respecting Dentistry".[4] This Act granted the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) dual responsibilities of licensing and dental education in Ontario. In 1875, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons was founded, with its first semester schedule to start on November 3, 1875.[5] Under the Act, the RCDS could grant a Licentiate of Dental Surgery (LDS), which was not a formal degree, but training that granted those interested in a license to practice dentistry in Ontario.[6] James Branston Willmott was the first Dean of the school. Dr. Willmott, joined by Dr. Luke Teskey were the only two professors guiding the first class of eleven students in 1875–1876.[7] The RCDS established an affiliation with the University of Toronto in 1888, but it was not until 1889 that it granted the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees.[8] In 1925, the RCDS became the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.

One of the alumni of the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Harold Keith Box, DDS, PhD (1890–1956), was as a stakeholder in establishing the Canadian Dental Association Research Foundation (CDAF), organized by a committee of the Canadian Dental Association.[9] The CDAF was the first of its kind in Canada, an organization that focused on providing funding for dental research projects in Canadian dental schools.[10] Due to his contribution to the establishment of the CDAF and the various publications that emerged from his work, Dr. Harold Keith Box is known as the father of dental research in Canada.[11] The Faculty of Dentistry continued to contribute to dental research initiatives and became a distinguished contributor at the international level. In 1921, International Association of Dental Research had four chapters, one of which was in Toronto (in addition to Chicago, Boston and New York).[12] In 1927, the IADR Toronto Chapter was successful in receiving funds for the first hospital internship that ensured students had four free hours per day so that they could devote time to research.[13]

In 1945, after years of negotiations, three University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry professors, Dr. Frank Lott, Dr. Harvey Reid and Dr. Roy G. Ellis, in their role as members of the CDA Research Committee, were able to secure funding for dental research from the National Research Council of Canada.[14] This ensured that generations of dental researchers had access to funding. With the continuous flow of funding, the Faculty of Dentistry was able to establish the first Dental Public Health specialty in 1946,[15] and with its inception began a long history of effort in research and initiatives that would influence oral health policies in Canada.

Ice hockey team

The faculty of dentistry formerly operated a senior ice hockey team known as the Toronto Dentals, which competed in the Ontario Hockey Association and won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1917.[16] The Toronto Dentals also became Canadian national champions with their victory at the 1917 Allan Cup.[17] Alumni of the Toronto Dentals hockey team include Stan Brown, Bert McCaffrey, Glenn Smith, Rod Smylie, Charles Stewart and Harry Watson.[18]

Curriculum

The Faculty offers a number of programs. The undergraduate programs include a four-year internationally recognized dental degree Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), and an International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP). Graduate studies programs include MSc or PhD with a research option or in one of ten dental specialty training options, including Dental Anesthesia, Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and/or Oral Medicine, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.[19] Approximately 13 yearly residencies for the dental specialty training are available at several of Toronto's teaching hospitals, namely The Hospital for Sick Children, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.[20] The Faculty also hosts ongoing onsite and online courses and workshops for dental professionals through their Continuing Dental Education unit.[21]

Research

The Faculty of Dentistry has various research foci, including Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Connective Tissues and Regenerative Medicine, Dental Public Health, Education Research, Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Cancer, and Pain and Neuroscience.[22] In addition, the Faculty of Dentistry, in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, has established the world-renowned Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME).[22]

Imaging research facility

Researchers standing and discussing in a imaging facility/laboratory which is surrounded by advanced electron and various other microscopes
Camilod facility

In 2019, the Faculty of Dentistry opened the Collaborative Advanced Microscopy Laboratories of Dentistry (Camilod), an imaging facility available to researchers in the Toronto area. Camilod uses atomic force microscopy, light and hard electron microscopy, confocal, sliding electron microscopy, epifluorescence microscopes, and wide field microscopy.[23]

References

  1. ^ "ENROLMENT BY CAMPUS AND FACULTY/COLLEGE" (PDF). p. 32.
  2. ^ Canadian Dental Association (2018" -said by Daniel Haas, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.- Said by Daniel Haas, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.. Canadian Dental Schools. Available from https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/becoming/dat/information/schools/
  3. ^ Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (2018). About us, Available from http://taaac.com/programs/dentistry/
  4. ^ Ontario Dental Association (2017). An Act Respecting Dentistry. Available from http://150.oda.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ActRespectingDentistry-1.pdf
  5. ^ Gullet,D. W. (1971) A history of dentistry in Canada, University of Toronto Press, p. 58
  6. ^ Gullet,D. W. (1971) A history of dentistry in Canada, University of Toronto Press, p.60
  7. ^ Gullet,D. W. (1971) A history of dentistry in Canada, University of Toronto Press, p.61
  8. ^ Gullet,D. W. (1971) A history of dentistry in Canada, University of Toronto Press, p. 58
  9. ^ Shosenberg, JW. (2017).The rise of the Ontario Dental Association: 150 years of organized dentistry, Toronto, Ontario Dental Association, p. 40-41
  10. ^ Shosenberg, JW. (2017) The rise of the Ontario Dental Association: 150 years of organized dentistry, Toronto, Ontario Dental Association, p. 40-41
  11. ^ Shosenberg, JW. (2017). The rise of the Ontario Dental Association: 150 years of organized dentistry, Toronto, Ontario Dental Association, p. 40-41
  12. ^ Shosenberg, JW. (2017). The rise of the Ontario Dental Association: 150 years of organized dentistry, Toronto, Ontario Dental Association, p. 215
  13. ^ Shosenberg, JW. (2017). The rise of the Ontario Dental Association: 150 years of organized dentistry, Toronto, Ontario Dental Association, p. 216
  14. ^ Shosenberg, JW. (2017). The rise of the Ontario Dental Association: 150 years of organized dentistry, Toronto, Ontario Dental Association, p. 217
  15. ^ Shosenberg, JW. (2017). The rise of the Ontario Dental Association: 150 years of organized dentistry, Toronto, Ontario Dental Association, p. 219
  16. ^ "Senior Series". Ontario Hockey Association. 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  17. ^ "Allan Cup Archives". Allan Cup. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  18. ^ "NHL Player Search". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  19. ^ "Programs". Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  20. ^ "Programs - Hospital Dental Residency Program". Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  21. ^ "FAQ | Continuing Dental Education". cde.dentistry.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  22. ^ a b Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto (2018). Research, Available from https://www.dentistry.utoronto.ca/research
  23. ^ "Welcome to Camilod". University of Toronto. Retrieved November 12, 2020.

External links

  • University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry
  • Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  • University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Coordinates: 43°39′23″N 79°23′14″W / 43.6563°N 79.3871°W / 43.6563; -79.3871 [1]

  1. ^ "Welcome to CAMiLoD | Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto". www.dentistry.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2020-07-20.