It’s the first time in more than two decades that the 29 places in the first-year Faculty of Dentistry class will be filled by students who all reside within Manitoba’s borders. It may even be longer as current admissions records date back only 20 years.
“Students in Manitoba have clearly demonstrated their interest in pursuing their professional credentials in their home province and we are delighted,” said. Anthony Iacopino, Dean of Dentistry. “All candidates met the rigorous academic standards and screening process required of them and this can only be considered good news for all of Manitoba.”
While it is estimated that there are close to 500 dentists currently practicing in Manitoba, there is growing concern about a potential future shortage of practitioners nation-wide due to the aging population.
While the Faculty routinely receives well over 300 applications for admission to the first-year class, a significant portion are from other provinces and other countries. Faculty statistics show that the vast majority of home-grown graduates opt to practice within their home borders. This, combined with the rising academic results posted nationally by recent graduating classes, should ensure Manitobans have uninterrupted access to world-class oral health-care.
“The University of Manitoba has a national reputation of producing some of the best prepared graduates of any program, anywhere,” Iacopino said. “We have also made a concerted effort towards making the student experience even better at the Faculty of Dentistry. Those efforts appear to be bearing fruit.”
This is the third consecutive year that the Faculty of Dentistry has targeted local students to ensure a healthy supply of practitioners for all Manitobans over the long-term.
To qualify, students must spend at least two years in a pre-dentistry program (usually science) and must then pass rigorous screening to begin the four-year pursuit of a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Bachelor of Science in Dentistry degree.
“We are confident that more local and regional students developing through our program will prove to be a benefit for all Manitobans,” Iacopino said.
For more information please contact Grant Warren, Public Affairs, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3267 (gwarren @umanitoba.ca).