Calgary Dental General Practice Residency

This one-year training program begins on July 1 and concludes on June 30 of the following year. Successful graduates of the program will receive a certificate. Residents will have salaried positions, including ten days of leave.

The Foothills Medical Centre is a high tech hospital with the leading centre for cancer research and treatment (Tom Baker Cancer Centre). It also offers services such as: the emergency room and trauma center, intensive care unit, cardiac care unit, and a high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care unit, providing advanced healthcare services to southern Alberta, southeastern British Columbia and southwestern Saskatchewan.

The Calgary Dental General Practice Residency Program, at the Foothills Medical Centre, is an accredited program by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

Please Note: Application deadline is September 15, 2016, for the upcoming July to June 30 placement.

Program Overview

The program will provide dentists with a broad multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of clinical dentistry, and to all types of patients, from healthy to special needs. Advanced postgraduate training will be provided in several dental specialties, including:
  • endodontics
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • oral medicine
  • periodontics
  • prosthodontics
  • pediatric dentistry
The training consists mostly of chair-side clinical teaching, a series of lectures, journal clubs, rounds and seminars throughout the year. The dental residents’ training will also include case presentations and treatment planning seminars, as well as other sessions dealing with dental and medical topics of importance.

Residents in the program will also participate, with the other residents, in the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Conscious Sedation Program. This course consists of didactic and practical components designed to provide participants with experience in the selection and application of various modalities of intravenous (single agent), oral and inhalation conscious sedation as well as certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Each resident will rotate through the following disciplines:
Two weeks in:
  • anaesthesia
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • pediatric dental clinics at the Alberta Children’s Hospital
  • dental public health clinics in Calgary (Chumir Dental Clinic, NE Dental Clinic)
One week in:
  • Otolaryngology
  • Emergency Medicine
Six days in:
  • Tom Baker Cancer Center Head and Neck Clinics.
Residents will be under the supervision and guidance of members of the attending staff (including dental specialists).

Completion of the residency does not provide subsequent access to full licensure from the Alberta Dental Association and College. For questions regarding pathways to licensure in the Province of Alberta, please contact the Registrar of the Alberta Dental Association and College directly.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2016, for placement in the program starting July 1, 2017. In-person interviews are conducted with the short-listed applicants in October. Selected applicants will be notified at the end of November as per National Matching Services Schedule of dates.

Please Note: The Calgary Dental GPR Program is listed as the Foothills Medical Centre on the Nation Matching Services Inc. website.

There is a Registration fee for Nation Matching Services. Information can be found on National Matching Services Inc. Website:                                  National Matching Services Inc.
Telephone: (800) 461-6322                                      20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Fax: (844)977-0555                                                 Toronto, Ontario Canada M4S3B1

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit Calgary to meet our staff and current residents, and to tour the facilities available at any time throughout the year.

Dental residents pay a tuition/registration fee with the University of Alberta (approximately $900 for the residency year).

Please Note: There is a $75.00 non-refundable application fee (payable to the “Calgary Surgical Education & Research Trust”) that is required with your application.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be in the final year or a graduate of a recognized dental school (Canadian, US, or Australian) with a DDS or DMD Degree.
  • Must have a license to practice in Alberta and/or must have passed the N.D.E.B. examination of Canada.

Selection Process

The following criteria are used in the selection process:
  • Personal achievements and future goals
  • Class standing
  • Letter of intent – A one page letter describing why you wish to pursue a residency in Calgary.
  • Reference letters: A letter of standing from the dean (or their designate) of the applicant's dental school and three letters from faculty members the applicant has trained under.
  • Interview

2017-2018 Application Form

Calgary Dental GPR

Calgary Dental General Practice Residency

  Dr. Eduardo Kalaydjian
Section Chief,
Dentistry and Oral Health,
Calgary Zone
Program Director,
Dental General Practice Residency Program

Phone: 403-944-4695
Fax: 403-270-8409
    or 403-944-1277 

 Marie Praestegaard
Program Assistant