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Paediatric General Practice Residency

The Paediatric General Practice Residency is a one-year accredited program offered by the IWK Health Centre Dental Department, in conjunction with the Faculty of Dentistry's Division of Paediatric Dentistry in our Department of Dental Clinical Sciences.

The program offers new dentists an opportunity to enhance and advance their clinical skills and training in paediatric dentistry. Currently, there are only five accredited GPR programs in Canada focused on paediatric dentistry. We are the only accredited facility east of Montreal.

The IWK is the teaching and tertiary health care centre for the Maritimes, and a quaternary care centre for the Atlantic provinces in children's health. The hospital's patients represent the most complex of medically compromised children, many with acute oral health care needs.

Admission requirements

  • a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from a CDAC accredited or reciprocal accredited institution, eligibility for student licensure in Nova Scotia, and a NDEB certificate
  • a minimum mid-B average during the student's undergraduate coursework
  • demonstrated ability to communicate and write in English (consistent with the entry requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, e.g. TOEFL >600, or computer-based TOEFL minimum of 250)
  • displayed interest and aptitude in paediatric dentistry in undergraduate curriculum, as displayed by marks in second and third year paediatric dentistry and in the case of a graduate dentist fourth year paediatric dentistry
  • two letters of reference regarding the candidate's character and suitability for the residency program, submitted directly by the referees
  • Acceptance into all programs within the Faculty of Dentistry and the School of Dental Hygiene is normally conditional upon receipt of a completed immunization/CPR record [PDF 229 kB].

How to apply

The application deadline is September 30 of the year before the program begins. The application fee is $70. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance on the last Monday in November of the application year. Two residents per year will be accepted to the program. It is in the applicant's best interest to apply well in advance of the deadline.

Official academic transcripts for the first three years of Dentistry must be submitted if applying before completing an accredited undergraduate dental program, or complete transcripts for graduate dentists. These must be sent directly from the applicant’s university. A current Curriculum Vitae must be included.

The following are not prerequisites for a successful application, but are considered helpful:

  • results of the GRE if the applicant has not graduated from a Canadian university
  • abstract from a thesis and/or copies of papers published or in preparation

The program begins in mid-June. Residents are paid a competitive stipend, including three weeks of paid holidays. Residents are required to pay their student license fees, Nova Scotia Dental Association fees and CDSPI malpractice insurance.

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Ross D. Anderson at ross.anderson@iwk.nshealth.ca.

Download the application form [PDF 188 kB].

Mailing address for application packages:

Registrar's Office
Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building, Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2

We recommend that a hard copy or electronic copy of the application and supporting materials be forwarded to:

Dr. Ross D. Anderson, Chief of Dentistry
IWK Health Centre
5850/5980 University Avenue
PO Box 9700
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3K 6R8

Phone: (902) 470-8678
Fax: (902) 470-8835