Chair's Message

The School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta is changing. First, we moved out of our historical digs into new state-of-the-art facilities. We then fully embraced a Comprehensive Care Delivery model that transformed the way we deliver patient care and the student learning experience.

We are now embarking on a legacy project to completely redesign the doctoral of dental surgery (DDS) and dental hygiene (DH) curriculum. The curriculum renewal project will be a four to six-year initiative wrapping up just in time for our accreditation review period in 2021. We believe the timing is right with many internal and external factors driving this need for change. Our main objective is to create a program that provides our students with enhanced learning experiences in today's world.

This year's Community Report provides a unique look into our research portfolio-everything from systemic diseases and the oral cavity to community research involving children and senior's oral health. Moving research from the labs into practical applications at clinics is the continuum we strive for. Strong foundational sciences - complemented by new recruits, equipment and facilities have truly - elevated our ability to move forward. More students are getting involved with research and there is a level of excitement generated from the novices that is inspirational and motivating.

In addition to getting involved in research, our students are active in the community. The stories in this year's report capture our students' experiences and the immeasurable impact these activities have in shaping their future careers. What they do is impressive, selfless and reflective of who they are as individuals. We are fortunate to have such talented students. As I continue to learn from the students graduating from our programs, it is a partnership and educational relationship I value.