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Paediatric Dental Residency

Thank you for your interest in The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Paediatric Dental Residency, a one-year clinical teaching program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.  

This program has a strong clinical emphasis where the resident receives comprehensive training in the multidisciplinary management of all aspects of dental care for children in the ambulatory, operating room and emergency settings.  We see up to approximately 15,500 international, national, regional and local patient clinic visits annually, which represents the most complex of medically-compromised children, as well as those with craniofacial anomalies, genetic disorders and acute emergencies.  In addition, approximately 1,200 patients are treated in the operating room setting. Our program provides an invaluable opportunity for the new graduate dentist to have a year of comprehensive training in management of children with complicated conditions and their families.

Successful candidates from final year undergraduate dental programs from across Canada and the United States develop the skills, knowledge and sensitivities required to provide comprehensive care to the full spectrum of children represented. In addition, they become competent in managing the awake, fearful child as well as providing treatment under sedation or in the operating room. The dental residents also gain in-depth clinical skills in the management of dental trauma while on-call in conjunction with members of the SickKids Dental Trauma Research Group.  Residents who complete this invaluable, one-year program leave with skills and confidences important in community practice as well as having the foundation for success in a graduate specialty program.

The objectives and educational philosophy is to provide a balance between dental education and clinical training. The goals of the dental residency program include:

  • To provide the educational and clinical opportunities to equip graduate dentists to treat children with special needs in the community or to make appropriate referrals.
  • To encourage and assist in sound career decision-making whether it involves general practice, postgraduate or graduate studies.
  • To support resident applications for positions on the staff of community-based general hospitals.

The largest component of the resident’s education comes from clinical instruction and supervised treatment in the clinics and operating rooms. A rotating team of supervising dental specialists who all hold appointments in the Faculty of Dentistry provide resident supervision. All residents are supervised in the clinic at a maximum three residents to one staff and a one-to-one basis in the operating room. Approximately, 40 per cent of resident time is ‘off service’ for lectures, rounds, rotation or personal time. Dental residents have no teaching or research obligations.

Highlights of this comprehensive program are as follows:


Specialty Treatment/Teaching Provided:

    1. Paediatric Dentistry
    2. Orthodontics
    3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    4. Prosthodontics
    5. Endodontics
    6. Oral Radiology

Medical Rotations

    1. Anesthesia
    2. Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery
    3. Communication Disorders
    4. Emergency Department
    5. Video Fluoroscopy Aspiration Studies
    6. Haematology
    7. HIV Clinic
    8. Liver Transplant Clinic
    9. Nephrology
    10. Otolaryngology/Cochlear Implants
    11. Paediatrics
    12. Plastic Surgery Clinic
    13. Princess Margaret Hospital: Oncology

Off-site Clinic: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital offers clinical experience in the management of neurosensorimotor compromised patients.

Operating room: We have operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Dental residents will have the opportunity to provide total patient care under general anaesthesia with one-to-one teaching by university-appointed staff.

After-hours care: Residents share first call with graduate students in Paediatric Dentistry. The large number of dental injuries, acute dentoalveolar infections and other emergencies treated at our hospital provides the resident with invaluable experience, extensive knowledge and clinical skills in all aspects of management of dental emergencies.

Didactic Component


    1. Orientation five to seven days
    2. Management of dentoalveolar trauma (graduate course)
    3. Journal club
    4. Dental resident’s rounds
    5. Basic life support course
    6. Sedation

Conference Attendance:

We provide funds for residents to attend the Toronto Academy of Dentistry Winter Clinic and the Ontario Dental Association Spring Meeting.


Admission Requirements: As described in Faculty of Dentistry admissions.

Duration: One year, beginning mid-June.

Application deadline: Determined by the Faculty of Dentistry admissions.

Application method: All requests for application should be made through Faculty of Dentistry admissions. Interested applicants will be interviewed at SickKids Department of Dentistry.

Salary: The annual salary is based on the PARO PGY1 level. Twenty days are provided for vacation in addition to statutory holidays.

Apply for the Paediatric Dental Residency (one-year) program through the University of Toronto's Faculty of Dentistry.