University of Manitoba launches master’s program in prosthodontics

A new three-year Master of Science degree program in Prosthodontics will be launched in August 2018 by the College of Dentistry in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

The U of M, located in Winnipeg, is one of only three universities in Canada to offer a graduate prosthodontics degree.

The program will provide a strong foundation in classical prosthodontics, along with intensive training in state-of-the-art aesthetic dentistry, digital workflows, CAD/CAM technologies, dental microscopy, and placement and restoration of dental implants.

Strengths of the U of M program include a low instructor/resident ratio, well-balanced clinical and didactic programs with a critical approach to literature, and opportunities for clinical research.

The 36-month program, under the directorship of Dr. Igor Pesun, will lead to a Certificate in Prosthodontics combined with a Master of Science in Prosthodontics. Successful completion of the program will satisfy the formal training requirement for eligibility for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and Canada Fellowship. Fellowship is required for licensure as a specialist in Canada. Graduates will also be eligible for the American Board of Prosthodontics certification examination.

The program has applied for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

The deadline for admission in August 2018 is October 1, 2017.

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Questions? Email: [email protected].


2017 ACFD Biennial Conference

The 2017 ACFD conference was held in Quebec City on June 12th to 14th, 2017 and was hosted by Université Laval.

The topic of the conference was “The Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing the ACFD Educational Framework for the Development of Competency”


Congratulations to our colleagues at Université de Montréal, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill for your work being highlighted as three of the top ten articles in the JDE during 2016 – see below.
It is great to see that Canadian dental academics are having a strong influence in the world of dental education.

Top Articles in the ADEA Journal of Dental Education: 2016

The following articles are in the top 10 ADEA Journal of Dental Education (JDE) editor’s picks of 2016, selected by the JDE Editor, Dr. Nadeem Karimbux. These articles are now available for free on the JDE website through February 15,

  • Influence of Experience and Training on Dental Students’ Examination Performance Regarding Panoramic Images. Daniel P. Turgeon and Ernest W.N. Lam. J Dent Educ 2016 80:156-164.
  • Reaching Consensus on Essential Biomedical Science Learning Objectives in a Dental Curriculum. Leandra Best, Joanne N. Walton, Judith Walker and HsingChi von Bergmann. J Dent Educ 2016 80:422-429.
  • Should PGY-1 Be Mandatory in Dental Education? Two Viewpoints. Vineet Dhar, Alison Glascoe, Shahrokh Esfandiari, Kelly B. Williams, Michelle R. McQuistan and Mark R. Stevens. J Dent Educ 2016 80:1273-1281

The JDE Editor recognizes that many articles deserve recognition based on the quality and scope of the studies published.
The 10 articles chosen are based on quality, topic areas and design of study, and they represent the diversity of articles published in the JDE.

About JDE: The Journal of Dental Education (JDE) is a peer-reviewed monthly journal that publishes a wide variety of educational and scientific research in dental, allied dental and advanced dental education. Published continuously since 1936 and internationally recognized as the premier journal for academic dentistry, the JDE publishes articles on topics such as curriculum reform, education research methods, innovative educational and assessment methodologies, faculty development, community-based dental education, student recruitment and admissions, professional and educational ethics, dental education around the world and systematic reviews of educational interest. The online version of the JDE is freely accessible to all ADEA members by subscribing online at


Dr. Charles Shuler wins IADR Distinguished Scientist Award

June 28, 2016

Dr. Charles Shuler, professor and dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, has won the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

Dr. Charles F. Shuler

Dr. Charles F. Shuler

This award, one of the highest honours bestowed by IADR, recognizes Prof. Shuler, according to the organization’s news release, for his outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research in three major areas: 1) development of the secondary palate; 2) characterization of molecular changes in oral cancer; and 3) characterization of the role of microbial biofilms in bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaws.

Moreover, the news release recognized Dean Shuler’s accomplishments with the following statement: “For nearly 30 years, the primary research focus of Shuler’s laboratory has been investigations of the control of fusion of the secondary palate. These studies have examined the medial edge epithelium (MEE) of the palatal shelves. He and a team of scientists in his lab identified the critical role of TGF-β3 in the process of palatal fusion and the expression of that molecule in the MEE. Their findings of the critical role of TGF-β3 in palatal fusion have been translated into clinical applications screening pregnant women and it has been shown that some isoforms of TGF-β3 are associated with increased incidence of cleft lip/palate in humans when the mother smokes while pregnant. Their studies continue to examine the mechanism of TGF-β3 during palatogenesis to identify specific targets for teratogenic molecules that are linked with craniofacial birth defects. Additionally, he has been involved in education research and several clinical research projects.”

The award was presented to Charles Shuler in absentia at the opening ceremonies of the IADR’s 94th General Session & Exhibition on June 22, 2016, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Canadian Dental Association Awards Past-President – Dr. Daniel Haas

ACFD Past-President and Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Dan Haas recently received this prodigious award from the CDA. At the CDA’s recent AGM Dan received the CDA Honorary Membership Award, which is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the dental profession, the dental community or the oral health of Canadians over a sustained period of time at the academic, corporate, specialty society, council, commission or committee level. An outstanding contribution at the national level shall be a principal consideration. The breadth and scope of achievement is a significant factor in determining this award.

Many know Dan and will agree that he thoroughly deserves this recognition from the broader dental community beyond academia. We, at ACFD, are very proud of Dan’s achievement and indeed of the contributions and achievements of all members of the dental academic community.

Paul Allison
President, ACFD

Dr. Alastair Nicoll, President of the Canadian Dental Association (L) and Dr. Daniel Haas, Past-President ACFD (R)
(photo credits – Mr. Greg Teckles)

March 2016 – AGM

The ACFD Annual General Meeting was held in Vancouver, BC on Thursday March 17th, 2016
in Vancouver, BC.

For more information please contact [email protected] or call 604-827-1083


2015 ACFD Biennial Conference

The 2015 ACFD Biennial Conference was held in Saskatoon. SK on June 13th to 15th, 2015.

The topic for the conference was “The Alphabet of Post Graduate Year Options: PGY1, AEGD, GPR, DF1….”

The ACFD Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. David Singer, posthumously

Mrs. David Singer receiving the Distinguished Service Award on behalf of her late husband.

(Dr. Daniel Haas – ACFD President, Mrs. David Singer, Dr. Blaine Cleghorn)


Dr. David Singer had a remarkable career as a periodontist, educator, researcher and scholar and exemplified the ideal educator and academic.

David received his DDS from the University of Alberta in 1964. He subsequently completed his PhD and Diploma in Periodontics at the University of Manitoba in 1973. He then joined the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan and became a full-time academic. While at the University of Saskatchewan, David served as Department Chair of Diagnostics and Surgical Sciences and Associate Dean (Academic). In addition, he carried a significant teaching load and managed to maintain a research profile and generate publications. David joined the University of Manitoba in 1992. While at the University of Manitoba David served as Department Chair of Dental Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, Director of the Graduate Program in Periodontics and served as the Associate Dean (Academic). He retired in 2006 and was awarded a Senior Scholar appointment.

David’s contributions to Dentistry and academia have been noteworthy. David was actively involved and served on several committees that included the Canadian Academy of Periodontology, the National Dental Examining Board (as the Assistant Chief Written Examiner), the Canadian Association of Dental Research, Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, the Association of American Dental Schools and also ACFD.

He served as an executive for the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, Chair of the Fellowship Committee of the Dentistry Canada Fund and was on numerous Advisory Committees. David was a reviewer for the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association and Journal of Dental Research and also served as a grant reviewer.

David’s service to the community included involvement with the United Way, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, the Saskatoon Jewish Community Board of Trustees and the Saskatoon Family Services Bureau.

Throughout his career, David received numerous awards and honours. He was the recipient of he Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at the U of Manitoba, a Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, a Certificate and Award of Merit from CDA, an Outstanding Service Award from the Dentistry Canada Fund, a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists and two Medical Research Council Fellowships.

David graciously inspired an entire generation of graduate students, dental students, and dental hygiene students. David was highly respected and admired by both his colleagues and residents for his gentlemanly demeanor, his bright intellect and his methodical and calm manner of analyzing difficult situations. He had that exceptional ability that great educators have, in being able to find out what was unique about each of his students and help them develop and grow to their full potential.

David was an excellent listener, an active participant in conversations and showed genuine interest in the people around him. He was an ethical, humble, compassionate man who did not seek accolades or recognition. He is a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award.

Credits to Drs. Blaine Cleghorn, A. Kelekis-Cholakis, Jack Gerrow, Todd Jones